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What games were you hooked on as a little kid? Anything you were particularly terrible at playing?

My Favorites:
1. LiteBrite (I'd spend hours in the dark punching those pegs in the little holes)

2. Red Light, Green Light (the one time in my life I could stop on a dime without any aches and pains)

3. School (I had a teacher who used an overhead projector all the time. She left me alone in the classroom one day and some of those clear projection went straight in my backpack. I had a lamp in my room rigged up as a make shift projection machine. When I wasn't busy melting down projection sheets with 120 watt heat, "my students" were filling out homework in the form of carbon-copy deposit slips taken from the bank. Ahh, good times.)

4. Battleship (I used to cheat my ass off!)

My Nemesis:
1. Monopoly (I don't think I made it through a single game without mortgaging off everything I owned. Of course, I played with my brother who would never buy anything except Boardwalk and Park Place and promptly put 5 hotels on each. He would practically drool as I came around the board.)

with Operation as a close runner-up. Trying to get that skinny pencil thing shaved at least 2 years off my life expectancy.
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Originally posted by Frenchy:
My Favorites:
1. LiteBrite (I'd spend hours in the dark punching those pegs in the little holes)

4. Battleship (I used to cheat my ass off!)

My Nemesis:
1. Monopoly (I don't think I made it through a single game without mortgaging off everything I owned. Of course, I played with my brother who would never buy anything except Boardwalk and Park Place and promptly put 5 hotels on each. He would practically drool as I came around the board.)

with Operation as a close runner-up. Trying to get that skinny pencil thing shaved at least 2 years off my life expectancy.


lol I can pretty much relate to your list here...But I also played chess, checkers, and backgammon... I discovered that I could beat anyone ( available to me at the time) in chess... In fact, after awhile no one would play with me anymore Frown
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What games were you hooked on as a little kid? Anything you were particularly terrible at playing?


I loved the following games and still play them whenever I visit my younger nieces and nephew...

1. Mother may I( It's sort of like simon says but you have to ask your "mother" if you can make all these weird little jumps and hops. The first one to get to mama won.)
2. Red Rover, Red Rover(We would have every kid in the circle there and would play this game till just before the street lights came on Wink)
3. Uno
4. Speed(All time family reunion champ right here Big Grin)
5. Tea party(I never had the tea, we always just used red kool-aid and our crumpets would be whatever type of cookie my mom would give us.)

There are a bunch more that I can't seem to remember right now. But I do know that they were the bomb. Now the rest are the ones I couldn't play at all. As a matter of fact I believe I lost every game.
1. Spades
2. Freeze Tag (As a child I didn't like standing still for long periods of time.)
-Spit. The card game.

-21

-Hand games like Candy Girl, Numbers, and BoBo Skee Watten Tatten.

-War

-Handball

-Jacks

-I Spy

-Chicken Fight. My chicken arms and legs made me an undefeated master on the monkeybars.

-No Flinching. That game where you slap the hell out of each other's hands.

-Concentration. Not the board game. "This is the game of *clap, clap, clap* concentration *clap, clap, clap* no repeats *clap, clap, clap* or Hesitations *clap, clap, clap*. . .
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Originally posted by ma'am:
-Concentration. Not the board game. "This is the game of *clap, clap, clap* concentration *clap, clap, clap* no repeats *clap, clap, clap* or Hesitations *clap, clap, clap*. . .
OMG! I used to loooove concentration!

Our went Concentration *clap clap* Are you ready? *clap clap* If so *clap clap* Let it go *clap clap* Starting with * clap clap* Virtue *clap clap*

and that reminds me of the other game

"Calling Virtue to the field...
Come on Virtue hit a cartwheel....
now hit it....

split it....

turn aroooooouuuunnnnd and get with it...."


and
"Say say my play mate
*clap clap*
come out and play with me"

and

"Ms. Mary Mack Mack Mack
all dressed in Black Black Black
with silver Buttons Buttons Buttons
all down her Back Back Back....

etc...."


I played gin rummy
-War
-Double Dutch
-Bloody Mary
-Uno
-Jacks
-Series of "I spy" books
-hungry hippo
-pick up sticks
-LOTS AND LOTS OF LOGIC PUZZLES (I'm still addicted!)
-Checkers especially Chinese Checkers
-Bought the series of "Amazing Facts" books
-Dress Up
-Store
-Chess

girrrrlll you taking me back!
Big Grin

Peace,
Virtue
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Say say my play mate
*clap clap*
come out and play with me"

and

"Ms. Mary Mack Mack Mack
all dressed in Black Black Black
with silver Buttons Buttons Buttons
all down her Back Back Back....

etc...."


Awww suki suki!!! I could go on all day if we start talking about the hand games. Rockin Robin and Miss Suzy were my faves.

Uno brings back good memories with my friends and bad memories with my brother. I'd be down to 2 cards and suddenly he'd hit me with the "Draw Two, Draw Four, Draw Two, Draw Four, Wild Card, Color change to [whatever color I did not have], etc..." Ten minutes later I had 3/4 of the deck in my hand.

Getting back to the horrors of the game world:
1. Slip and Slide. A bunch of kids lining up, seriously positioning themselves and taking a running leap and *THWACK!*. Never made it past 2 inches on that plastic deathtrap no matter how much water was running on it.

2. Pogoball. Many a car had to dodge out of my way after losing balance on that thing. And when you fell, not only did you hit the ground, but more than likely you had a big ball with a disk around it pressed between your calves. Oy.
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Originally posted by Frenchy:
Getting back to the horrors of the game world:
1. Slip and Slide. A bunch of kids lining up, seriously positioning themselves and taking a running leap and *THWACK!*. Never made it past 2 inches on that plastic deathtrap no matter how much water was running on it.

2. Pogoball. Many a car had to dodge out of my way after losing balance on that thing. And when you fell, not only did you hit the ground, but more than likely you had a big ball with a disk around it pressed between your calves. Oy.
Yes! There was no cushion to support your landing.... Hello? Grass is not soft..... and there was no amount of water that could soften the blow once down.... my boy cousins loved it... I never understood it.....

and POGO? Whaeva.... bounce.... fall... bounce... fall... bounce....

that's what I did...

I bounced not falling for that again...

okay cheesy corny moment over....

Big Grin


Peace,
Virtue
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Originally posted by Frenchy:
quote:
"Ms. Mary Mack Mack Mack
all dressed in Black Black Black
with silver Buttons Buttons Buttons
all down her Back Back Back....

etc...."


Rockin Robin and Miss Suzy were my faves.


I love those games too. Hand games had me.

My fav is:
"Down, down baby
down, down the rollercoaster
sweet, sweet baby
sweet, sweet the rollercoaster
I like coffee
I like tea
I like a black boy and he likes me..."
Theres more...
Like
"Shame, shame, shame
I don't wanna go to Mexico No more more more
Theres a big fat police man at the door door door..."
I could go on and on.
I can't believe that I forgot dodgeball.

I can't believe that as I kid we used to love to beam each other in the head and then laugh about it.

I don't think kids feel pain.

I got hit in the head during my last game and I saw red.

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Originally posted by Frenchy:
Getting back to the horrors of the game world:
1. Slip and Slide. A bunch of kids lining up, seriously positioning themselves and taking a running leap and *THWACK!*. Never made it past 2 inches on that plastic deathtrap no matter how much water was running on it.


I never knew anyone with the real Slip and Slide.

A couple of my friends had igenious parents who somehow made jumbo slides out of HUGE garbage bags and tarp-type of material.

There was this one ridiculously steep and long hill that we'd slide off, too. Everyone must have had their guardian angel with them. The only reason I can see for none of us getting seriously hurt on that thing.

We didn't even need a running start to go down it, it was so good.

But the adrenaline junky that I was, I never went down that hill without sprinting.

Arms, legs, and chests would be cut up by grass at the end of the day because most of us wouldn't be able to stop ourselves before the slide ended.

That was some good stuff.
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Didn't have the patience to learn all the rules of chess. Still don't.

I don't think I ever really got into dodgeball or that other one "Guard The Pin" (with that stupid bowling pin). It was usually during PE in elementary school and my friends and I would stand right at the front of the line so we could all get hit by the ball. Then we'd sit on the side of the court and chit chat like we wanted to all along.

We had a different, sadistic version of it also, called "Wall Ball." You would line up against the wall and one person with the ball would slam the ball towards you. You had to move out of the way without taking your back off the wall. We actually looked forward to the challenge. Man.

Speaking of PE, did anyone else's teacher make them learn Square Dancing and Mexican Hat Dancing? WTF?!? Every year, we had about a week of each.

Remember:
  • Slap Bracelets
  • Hula Hoops (you weren't shit unless you could bring it up your body and around your neck and back down and then slow it down and then speed it up. LOL!)
  • "Down by the lake called Hanky Pank, said bullfrog jumped from bank to bank..."
  • Hopskotch
  • "Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Who Me? Yes you! Couldn't Be! Then who?..."
  • Simon Says
  • Twister
  • Burning the back of your thighs on the swings

    I'd love to be 7 again, just for a day. Can you imagine waking up one Saturday morning, getting dressed and going outside to see what you and your friends are gonna get into all day, bouncing from house to house, getting filthy, and laughing your ass off all day long? tongue Never realized just how much daily fun has been zapped out of my life.
  • -Dozens. "Your mama's so. . ."

    -Hide and Seek.

    -Head Up, Seven Up. I think that was the only game I used to cheat at.

    -Super Soaker fights.

    -Fire Hydrant. Nothing like playing in the hydrants during a hot day.

    -Tree climbing. Climb then see who'd jump from the highest height. I blame this on my messed up back.

    -Acting out movies and movie videos. I always wanted to be Baby when we did Dirty Dancing, but I'd only butt in during the last few minutes rather than play Baby the entire movie. For TLC videos, I always had to be Left Eye, but that wasn't a problem because everyone else wanted to be Chilli as first pick or T-Boz as second.

    We played wall ball, but I suppose it was a corrupted version. We had more than one person throw the ball.

    If you were allowed to throw the ball at one of the throwers and take them out, but there wasn't enough momentum to do so with your back against the wall.

    I didn't like that one. I'd always get out because the ball would bounce off someone else and hit me and then everyone would scream that I was out.

    Or I'd be sardined by the other players on the wall.

    Not fair.

    I can't hula-hoop anymore. It's pathetic. I don't know what's up with that now that I actually have hips and a rump to hold it up with.

    Hula-hoop contests were the best. Those came with major bragging rights.

    I remember that boys who could hula-hoop would get huge props, but now it seems boys and girls are looking at it as a girl thing on the same playgrounds.
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    Originally posted by ma'am:
    -Super Soaker fights.
    ***Those were the best, except we used anything that could hold water in it. We usually had to involve the adults so we wouldn't get in trouble for having all the cups and the big cooler thrown all around the yard. Big Grin***

    -Tree climbing. Climb then see who'd jump from the highest height. I blame this on my messed up back.
    ***Climbing, yes...but that jumping stuff I couldn't get with.***

    -Acting out movies and movie videos. I always wanted to be Baby when we did Dirty Dancing, but I'd only butt in during the last few minutes rather than play Baby the entire movie. For TLC videos, I always had to be Left Eye, but that wasn't a problem because everyone else wanted to be Chilli as first pick or T-Boz as second.
    ***Please believe we did this too. My oldest cousin was always left eye, so I had to be chilli because I was the youngest and my other cousin gotta to be t-boz because back in the day she had that same hairstyle going on.***

    Hula-hoop contests were the best. Those came with major bragging rights.
    ***You know it.***


    Oh we were so bad kids. We used to play "Bloody Knuckles" and "Quaters"

    "Bloody Knuckles": the point was you and your partner made fists and took turns hitting each others closed fist until one either quit or somebody's knuckles turned blood-red(and trust this was not easy for some dirt black little kids Smile)

    "Quaters": was basically just like bloody knuckles except you held quaters between your finger as you hit the other persons knuckles.

    ***I was not an active participant in either of these games after I found out what was going to happen***
    I had a quarter stuck in my skin during my last game of quarters.

    I was never good at flinging and so I couldn't retaliate.

    Trust that was my last game.

    Bloody knuckles is a game I would have chickened out of if I had the chance, but no one ever wanted to play that with me in the first place.

    That one was evil.

    But hitting games were fun in general.

    "Punch buggy!"
    All of this brought back soooo many good memories that Ijust have to smile. There again I feel bad because it seems that kids today don't know how to play outside.

    I remember getting up early on saturdays so that I could get my chores done early. I'd be out the house by 10:00a.m. and wouldn't see it again until about 2 minutes before the street lights came on.

    We'd have to play just around the corner because if we didn't, someone's mother would see us and make us go home for lunch or dinner.

    We'd be running or riding bikes all day.

    I've been in AZ about 10 years now and saw for the first time the other day, a group of boys playing football in the street. That was an everyday thing ... Telephone pole to telphone pole, touch in the street, tackle on the tree lawns Razz

    Anybody heard of the game "Any Bounce"? It was a baseball game played with any kind of rubber ball that was available, from a jack ball to a basketball and any kind of bat that was available, from a real bat for the bigger balls and a stick for the jack ball. There was a pitcher, a catching and a batter, everyone else played in the field. The batter kept his/her bat until someone caught his/her ball on the fly or on a bounce. Then, it was that player's bat.

    It seems that kids don't play outside anymore. I guess because playstations and Xboxes don't reach. Frown
    I'm from the home of basketball so that was our main "game".

    But I played checkers and chess in school some times. I'm a latch key kid so there was no one to play board games with at home but the neighbors and I would play kick ball, dodge ball, and ride our bikes all day.

    And it is sad to see the kids of today. A lot of my neighbors put up those portable basketball hoops at the end of their drive ways but the kids alwasy play in the street which can be a pain.

    And I KNOW I was not the only one to play "Hide and Go Get" Ah yes...trying to get a feel of the barely there/none existent brest of the pretty girl next door Big Grin
    You were fast!! Big Grin

    I see a lot of kids playing basketbll these days, but that just doesn't really count in my mind. I wish they'd play more games out of pure fun rather than ultra-competitiveness, aggression, or bragging rights.

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    I'd always get out because the ball would bounce off someone else and hit me and then everyone would scream that I was out.

    You can always tell a group of kids are playing nearby by the screams of "OOOOOOOO!!!!! YOU'RE OUT!!!! YES YOU ARE!!!!" laugh And then you'd make little clandestine deals with your friends promising not to get them out or to go after a specific person.

    We used to get so excitable about everything. "No cuts, no butts, no coconuts!" "Shotgun!!" "Ooooooooo, mama mia, papa piaaaaaaa! I'm tellllling!" Everything was a BIG. DEAL.

    More games:
  • Chinese Jumprope ("In it, Out it, Side to Side...")
  • Around the World (or Horse)... the game where you tried to make a basket from different spots on the court
  • Tee Ball
  • Riding on each other's handlebars
  • Charades (I was sooo good at this!!)
  • Don't know what it was called, but you would wrap these strings around your hands and then a friend would come and rearrange the strings and transfer them to her hands without losing the shape. Confused
  • Snake (someone would wiggle around a jumprop erratically and you had to jump over it or duck under it or basically do anything you could to make sure that no part of it touched you)
  • Limbo!! The boys used to love this. They had such exceptionally control. I wonder where they are now. Big Grin
  • That screaming you're out thing always drove me crazy.

    My typical reponse was starting a calm diplomatic no I'm not out to screaming threats of bodily harm.

    The odd thing is that we all threatened each other, but I can't hardly remember getting in fights with friends over anything as stupid as a ball game.

    We'd always ended up changing the game or negotiating new rules to avoid any more confrontations.

    I see kids playing outside all of the time (I used to babysit), but that's the part that I don't see anymore.

    The kids can't hardly ever work out a disagreement with themselves without involving an adult.

    Then when they do try to resolve things by themselves, they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. Someone ends up crying and they don't even sooth that out themselves.

    They bring the cryer to an adult.

    I think the development of self-regulation amongst themselves starts a lot later than it did with my friends, but I can't tell if this point-of-view isn't just one of those "back in my day" things that us old folk do.

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    Originally posted by Frenchy:
  • Don't know what it was called, but you would wrap these strings around your hands and then a friend would come and rearrange the strings and transfer them to her hands without losing the shape. Confused


  • Cat's Cradle.
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    Originally posted by ma'am:
    The odd thing is that we all threatened each other, but I can't hardly remember getting in fights with friends over anything as stupid as a ball game.

    We'd always ended up changing the game or negotiating new rules to avoid any more confrontations.

    I see kids playing outside all of the time (I used to babysit), but that's the part that I don't see anymore.

    The kids can't hardly ever work out a disagreement with themselves without involving an adult.

    Then when they do try to resolve things by themselves, they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. Someone ends up crying and they don't even sooth that out themselves.

    They bring the cryer to an adult.


    I never ran in to tell on anyone because I knew my parents would've said "I think you should just stay inside for the night, then. Sounds like you're finished playing." lol

    Lord help you if you made a habit of running to get an adult. You might as well take up knitting, because no one would ever play with you again. We used to get all "Why should we play with you? You're just gonna cry like a baby if you don't win! See, you're crying already!"

    You gotta take your lumps early or you'll be a nutcase by the time you start dealing with serious issues.
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    Originally posted by ma'am:
    More games:

    -tic tac toe
    -boxes
    -hangman


    I love all of those too! Tic tac toe and hangman were the games we would play instead of paying attention in chruch...trying not to get caught playing! I also remember playing hop scotch with tree branches and rocks and double dutch! I used to love the technique some of my friends would use to jump in!
    We used to reveal our crushes with Hangman. A boy would come up to you and ask you to play and his message would be something like "I like you" or "Frenchy is cute." Sometimes, right before you could completely figure it out, he would rip up the paper and run away. We used to do the same thing to boys. Too cute! I think I'd be eternally thrilled if someone did that to me now. tongue

    My friends and I mastered Tic Tac Toe. It got to the point that every single game was a Tie.

    We spent hours playing MASH. cabbage Ending up in a mansion with the boy of your dreams could absolutely make your day.

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