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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chopper Command

Some time ago I came across one of those plug-in joysticks that has all of the 1980s Activision games on it. I was like, “Far out! Old-school Atari!” I decided to grab a sixer of colas, pop in some Greg Kihn Band tunes, and try to break a few of the high scores from back in the day. It didn’t take long for the mechanics to come back. The sound effects! The graphics! The nostalgia! The simplicity of one button! Oh man, this was going to be hours of fun…!

…But after I played for awhile, some disappointment started to set in. Perhaps it was because I don’t really dig video games or because I’d rather spend time outside or play with the kids. Perhaps I just have a short attention span. Perhaps I really wanted to read a book or shoot my bow or go fishing or geocaching…

…Or perhaps it was because I finally accepted the truth…

“Chopper Command” is actually pretty lame.

I walked away let down but wiser for the experience.

Maybe it’s not Chopper Command for you. Maybe it’s “The Phantom Menace” or a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake or a tube of Mighty Putty. Maybe it’s those boats that you have to paddle by using foot pedals…

Here’s where I’m going with this. You go after a few geocaches with high expectations. You’re baited in by the cache page description and the attributes and the high difficulty and terrain rating, but in the end you come away let down. For awhile, you may tell yourself that these hides were a ton of fun, but eventually you admit the truth. They were just so-so. A seventy percent, friends. Barely passing.

Now with the millions of geocaches world-wide, statistics tell us that a few duds are inevitable. And I don’t have any illusions of superiority. Maybe some folks consider DLC hides to be on the weak side. That’s fine. I can take that. Everybody has a different taste. But it’s something that preys on my mind – Is a DLC cache considered a full-blown “Chopper Command” by someone else? Now THAT just might bum me out.

So here is the challenge for all of us. Don’t let your caches be a Chopper Command. You find enough Chopper Command caches and it’s likely that someday you’ll wake up to discover that this hobby you once enjoyed is really quite dull. That horrible feeling is something I don’t want to experience or cause somebody else to experience. That’s not why we play this game.

In the end, all we can do is try, but try we must. Don’t put geocaches out there just for the sake of it. Give them a theme. Make them fun. Load them up with prizes. Take people to some place really cool. If other cachers criticize your hides, you can consider whether it’s worthwhile criticism or whether it just should be taken with a grain of salt. If the effort is there, at least you can say you gave it your best shot.

Let’s not be Chopper Command hiders.

By the way, I’d love to hear from folks on this. Is there something that just didn’t live up to the hype for you? Something you maybe had built up a little bit too much in your mind? Tell us about YOUR Chopper Command!

Now back to my game…

“I wonder if those trucks have nüvis in them?”



I love this post! What a great analogy using two of the greatest games on Earth! Atari, that started the "Gaming" generation and Geocaching, that has yet to become what it will be 20 years from now! Cool!

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