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If you play video Gaming News, Video Game Reviews, and Game Guidess today, chances are decent that your introduction to the hobby happened in a computer lab. From Oregon Trail to Number Munchers, edutainment Gaming News, Video Game Reviews, and Game Guidess offered a little dose of learning alongside the joy of playtime. Computer labs were a gateway to the medium of Gaming News, Video Game Reviews, and Game Guidess, providing access to technology that not every household had — especially in the ’80s and ’90s, before smartphones became standard.

Some of the Gaming News, Video Game Reviews, and Game Guidess in the computer lab ignited our sense of competition, like The Impossible Quiz. Other Gaming News, Video Game Reviews, and Game Guidess encouraged us to create virtual versions of our wackiest imaginings, like Sim City and Roller Coaster Tycoon. And then there were the forbidden Gaming News, Video Game Reviews, and Game Guidess — Doom, Warcraft 3, and oh-so-many graphing calculator ports — to be enjoyed with discretion, or with the rare blessing of a Cool Teacher.

In 2022, with the increased availability and mainstreaming of technology, computer labs may not feel as revolutionary and essential as they once did. They still provide a key service to the needy, though — namely, students who would rather be gaming. This week, we honor every one of those students, and the legacies of the Gaming News, Video Game Reviews, and Game Guidess they played in computer labs of yore.