NOTE: This was from my old A&L Enterprises blog – but I thought it was interesting…
I just realized today that a game my daughter was playing on the New York Philharmonic’s kids site is as powerful as a physic’s program on a Mac in high school. I remember being over at a friend’s house in high school (probably about 1990, 1991) and playing with some physics program – things bouncing around. That was cutting edge at the time – I think it was a Macintosh Classic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh_Classic) – because I remember you could carry it around.
Today it’s 2010 (OK so that was like 20 years ago) and my daughter is playing a game online. This is a shockwave game playing in a web browser that is more complex than that physics program. It has a lot of things bouncing around and interacting with each other – kind of like that physics program (I think that was stick figures). Sometimes it just fascinates me how much things have changed over the years – and they just keep changing even faster.
Here is a sample of that game today:http://www.nyphilkids.org/games/main.phtml?framecontent=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nyphilkids.org%2Fgames%2Fmingles%2Fplay.php&performance_id=50084&