They’re An XBOX And You’re More Of An Atari

12 Feb

Sometimes no matter what you do … things are just not enough.

You’re a decent person.

Not enough.

You try your best, work hard, and you have a good heart, a good one.

Not enough.

You’re the John Cusack of this movie.

Still not enough.

It breaks my heart when good people who deserve good things end up with the shaft. I tried to be supportive with my friend’s situation, put a neon light at the end of the tunnel, but that tunnel is pretty damn long right about now.

I heard Cee Lo Green’s song … and thought of my friend.


Atari rocks. It’s a badass original.

It had Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, and Frogger.

C’mon, now.

I’d see my buddies in the neighborhood who had the game, and they loved it. They’d get lost in the challenge and in the fun.

XBox, I imagine, is the newer shinier version of it. The one with graphics and 3D stuff with guns blazing and blasters everywhere. All these Internet age kids enjoy it, it’s the glitz and glam of their generation.

But here’s the thing Atari is still cool. It was one of a kind. Groundbreaking, back in my day.

And just because something appears shinier and sparkly doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. It’s just newer. It’s not 2.0. because it looks good on the outside, it’s what inside that matters. And sometimes newer ends up being better it does, but when we’re talking about things that mean something, shinier is not always better.

Substance matters. It’s always better than fluff. It’s too bad people forget that and good hearts everywhere end up broken and beat up, thinking they did something wrong or were unworthy.

They didn’t and they are …

So if some jackass thinks you’re not an XBox and that you’re more of an Atari, keep your head up. They don’t see your value. Atari’s are still cool, one-of-a-kind originals worth something.

They just can’t see it.


4 Responses to “They’re An XBOX And You’re More Of An Atari”

  1. Dentler Erdmann February 12, 2016 at 8:16 PM #

    This might be the best WISH FACTOR you have ever written. If not the best, it surely ranks up there in the top tier.

    • The Guat February 16, 2016 at 12:24 AM #

      Thanks Erdmann! Definitely caught some inspiration on the way to writing this post. So glad it resonated 🙂

  2. bgddyjim February 13, 2016 at 3:32 AM #

    Or skip the whole discussion and accept the truth: What someone else thinks of me is none of my business (or theirs for that matter). What is important is what I think of me.

    Great post, and I’m one step BEFORE an Atari. I am Pong.

    • The Guat February 16, 2016 at 12:36 AM #

      Pong! I love it! I completely agree with you on what someone else thinks of me as not being really relevant (totally!), but when it’s somebody that’s suppose to be your friend, your family, your loved one … man it’s a brick. I tried to explain that if they don’t really see you and appreciate your whole Atari (or Pong) package then maybe they don’t need to be in your circle no matter, they’re not worth sharing your life with, just keep people who lift you up and try to make you better, not drag you down and make you feel worse. It was tough but I was like keep your head up.

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