Monday, March 30, 2009

Where Is the Memory of Yesteryear?


I don't understand this. I had the Milton Bradley board game Memory when I was little, and I remember very well the beautiful pictures on the cards. There was a white duck on a red background, for instance, a garden of posies, and a particularly enchanting one of a dark-eyed little girl with her hair swept sideways by the breeze. I just got the game for my son, and the pictures have all been changed to something this side of cartoonish. I'm deeply disappointed. Was everything more beautiful once, or am I making it all up? Où sont les neiges d'antan?

6 comments:

Mrs. T said...

Yes, everything is cartoonish now. My 11-year-old just walked in, looked over my shoulder, and said, "Ick! Little Einsteins! I hate them." You cain't hardly buy any kind of classic game that hasn't been remade to link it to some kids' tv show, because as we all know, children can only understand or appreciate things if they've seen them on television.

We have a beautiful wooden "memory"-type game that I got when my oldest was little, from the Waldorf-toy company Plan. It comes in a red drawstring bag, and the "cards" are wooden tiles with lovely simple pictures. Ours has held up for about 14 years, and I think we might actually still have all of them. (plus you can build blocks with them if you don't want to play a matching game). Highly recommended . . .

dreshny said...

You should see Candyland...

Pentimento said...

What did they do to it?

dreshny said...

The "sweet little game for sweet little folks" looks like Nickelodeon got a hold of it.

dreshny said...

I had this version:
http://www.gamesmuseum.uwaterloo.ca/VirtualExhibits/Whitehill/candyland/index.html

Now it looks like this:
http://www.hasbro.com/candyland/en_US/

John said...

Thanks to the CPSIA, you'll probably have a tough time getting your hands on any of those older versions of toys and games.