Flashback Friday: Lite Brite

There were very few things that were obviously designed with the introverted only child in mind when I was a wee pup. You had board games, card games, athletic games…all requiring more than one person. All requiring interaction.

I hate interaction.

But then there was Lite Brite:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soFXG2FaONw&w=480&h=360]

Yep. It was a light box with a plastic grid. That’s pretty much it. But, oh the things you could create if you let your imagination go! I remember using up all the patterns that came with my Lite Brite, pretty much in the first few weeks that I had it…and then just going completely off the rails with these crazy designs that my mom would look at and say something like, “What happened to that cute little clown you made a while ago?” I guess she simply wasn’t ready for an electric light show Impressionist in the family.

I played with my Lite Brite all the time…I even took it in the car with me when my parents would take me on one of their infamously long weekend rides. Later, I would lose myself for hours in books…but early on, it was all about the colored pegs.

Ironically, while looking up information for this flashback, I discovered that Hasbro came out with a travel version of Lite Brite a few years ago:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9sbgmxtk7U&w=480&h=360]

I also found it interesting that Hasbro still makes Lite Brite toys. I would have thought for sure that this would have been one of those “quaint” toys that would have long fallen off the radars of today’s tech-savvy kids. I did, however, see that there is a Lite Brite iPad app. Not the same at all though. The tangibility of those tiny little colored pegs was part of the fun of Lite Brite. Pushing a screen just isn’t going to be the same.

Luddite surliness, FTW.

Looks like people are still using Lite Brite to get their art on. I found a few cool videos on YouTube, like this one:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvEZqz3OLog&w=480&h=360]

And this short piece, set to a groovy Daft Punk beat:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeRrrZgPvuY&w=480&h=360]

I actually wish this one had played out for the duration of the song, but I’m sure it became a bit tedious after a while.

And finally, this clever little piece of stop-motion:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFefWILcjQI&w=480&h=360]

Pretty brite ideas, right? 😉