The GeoSafari Jr. was a cleverly flexible kid's game

Opublikowany 10 lut 2021
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  • Some extra info! (and I'll edit this as we get more): As predicted, we found the codes! And they're not _exactly_ encoding the parameters, but seem to call up an assortment of pre-set games. The manual helps you figure out what code you'll need based on how many questions you want and the type of game, and then it tells you which spots to use on the card. It's both simpler and more complex than it seems! On that note, I didn't call out that on the box it says "Compatible with all GeoSafari game packs" which suggests this literally is the same thing as the original geography game, but yellow. And honestly that's a nice selling point, as when your kids are older now they've got a geography game! As you can tell, I like this thing. It's neat.

    • I think you forgot to add the care for the heat pump video

    • @Flaturiah Borborygmus if you only need it for non intensive tasks like browsing, light photo or video editing and word or excel then you could try Samsung DeX if you have a compatible phone. Well worth the look.

    • You forgot the card.

    • You're neat!

    • @christo930 I don’t understand where you got “don’t try to manage risk” from. My point about schooling was specifically to illustrate the way your first comment came off to me. I literally said that was an overreaction and stated what I would rather actually do when it comes to that. Anyway. I was never allowed outdoors. And I’m bitter about that. That was my mother’s decision, against my father’s wishes. So I’m sure I’d have spent less time watching TV and on the computer if I’d been allowed to explore the farmer’s fields and trees near the house. Nevertheless, I feel you’re overstating the risks. Just like my friend who was scared to install an ethernet card in her PC in case she somehow broke something, because she couldn’t afford to replace it if that happened. You seem to have thought I said my father wasn’t able to prevent me from seeing dubious content, but that’s the opposite of what I’d said. I didn’t see anything besides cussing (which I’d already heard in school) until I was 12, long after I had computer independence. There just isn’t very much 6 and 7 year olds like to do in these spaces. Chat rooms are slow and boring to them. They only like to do voice and video with their friends from school. One of the main things I dialled in for was to print out colouring pages, or to play Flash games. Both of those are easily handled by apps on an iPad. You also seem to be avoiding the fact that iOS has robust internet parental controls. The parent can completely disable the internet on the iPad and set hours where access is allowed. Most apps work just fine offline, and the parent can let the iPad install its updates overnight while the child is asleep. I have yet to see you make an actual argument that “screens are bad in excess” and “kids are having excess screen time”. All of your actual arguments are about the dangers of online, not about inherent aspects of screens. You seem to think having an iPad means having completely unfettered internet access. You’re acting as if the two are fully equivalent. Reading a book on an iPad or a Kindle is no different than reading it on paper. I got my extreme myopia from reading novels constantly. I do agree that helicopter parents keeping kids inside is damaging to the child’s development. But the heightened use of screens is more a symptom of THAT, than a cause unto itself. And I see no point in trying to reduce Screens outside of encouraging more outdoor play. Model building and painting, learning a musical instrument, often nowadays involves downloading the instructions or sheet music on PDF. So those kinds of activities also still involve screens. Not to mention with current covid restrictions they’re often the only lifeline these kids have to their friends from school, when online access is allowed (say, after lesson-time before dinner). Note, since you keep acting as if I’m saying otherwise, I am NOT a proponent for letting 6 year olds into the wild web unfettered. I just find your equivalence of Screens with Online to be troublesome, and your generalisations about development to be shortsighted and stuck in the ‘90s. A lot of your arguments basically boil down to “how we did it when I was a child is the best way”, which is actually an incredibly common refrain. If you were in your 20s in ‘89, I’m going to assume most of your childhood memories were in the early to mid ‘70s. Well, I can guarantee there were plenty of opinion pieces published back then worrying about what this “limited screen time” (as you put it) was doing to children’s brains. Some even said the TV was bad but cinema was fine. Or that kids should only be reading books. They were very worried about kids sitting a foot away from the TV and watching slack-jawed and eating snacks. Now, I presume you have fond memories of doing just that with your favourite cartoons. You probably know very well that these concerns were overblown and your brain wasn’t turned to mush by watching cartoons from a foot away. That you did, indeed, have other interests, even as many adults claimed kids literally wanted nothing but to watch TV anymore. Try to realise you’re now in that same position as those opinion pieces were. It’s a well-observed phenomenon that people start rejecting technological developments which occur later in life. (Douglas Adams famously said; everything until you’re 20 is just how things are, everything until you’re 40 is an exciting new development, and everything after that is an unnatural abomination.) It’s very common to engage in handwringing about what these new technologies will do to our kids. Perhaps you will remember the ‘90s and early ‘00s hysteria about cell phones and kids’ brains, for example. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that you’ll have concerns about iPads and other tablets. But simply having concerns does not necessarily translate into those concerns being warranted. People here are trying to engage with you on your concerns but it seems after a point you just start digging your heels in and declaring it was better when you were their age. My main issues growing up were extreme bullying and peer abuse, and struggling to navigate a social world without knowing I was autistic, so I had no adaptation techniques. These things both happened before I had ever used a computer screen. But you seem invested in saying that screens are inherently bad. Now, you keep saying “I don’t think screens are all bad”, but then you make arguments that hinge on that idea, and would make no sense if you thought they were fine. Such as “kids are spending too long with screens”, or how you (paraphrased) said any parent who gives a kid an iPad is negligent. A screen is just a tool. It’s what you do with it that matters. And that’s been my argument all along: what these kids do with them is far more important in assessing the effects, than simply declaring they need to Get Off The iPad. I think you’re attributing a causal link to various difficulties kids are experiencing and their pasttimes. Just as TV was blamed for kids’ problems in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. You’re clinging to the idea that it’s damaging to read from a screen instead of a page, that it’s damaging to watch TV on an iPad instead of a TV. You _say_ it’s about the risks of internet access, but then most of your arguments just say screens are overused and bad for development, and how you had to get off the TV and read a book. If you’re solely concerned about how closely parents are managing their kids’ internet activity, you can just say so, without saying any parent who gives a kid an iPad is abusing the child. These other points you’re bringing up are muddying your intention, contradicting yourself, and making you come off as reactionary. And since you are upfront that you have never and can never experience firsthand what it’s like to grow up with internet, or even something like a BBS, is it any wonder you’re back-projecting adult anxieties onto the medium? You have only ever experienced it as an adult. Well, there’s tons of other comments in this thread from other people who grew up with various levels of internet access and monitoring, and we’re all telling you what it’s actually like. Again, just as you know first-hand how people’s concerns about TV&kids turned out to be overblown. It’s not that we don’t have our own concerns about the internet, or the state of children’s TV, or how much data apps harvest about kids, or about the mental and financial costs of microtransactions compared to buying a game once. Rather, we just think your suggestions wouldn’t help, and may be counterproductive. For instance, “mum won’t let me have an iPad, she says books are just as good” could easily precipitate or exacerbate bullying in school. For many kids with abusive families, talking to their friends online is one of the only ways they can escape the stress, and also to find out that the way their family operates is not actually normal. Gay or trans kids, similarly, frequently cite the internet as something that saved their life. So by all means, encourage kids to ride their bikes more and go exploring in the woods and so forth. Encourage playing sports or developing other artistic skills. But your mistake is in thinking computer usage somehow detracts from these other abilities, even though kids are very savvy at using them to enhance these other activities. Just as we use our smartphones for so many things nowadays; for a modern child a tablet is their journal, their phone, their TV, their gameboy, their homework, their sketchbook, their piano, their camera, and so much more. Trying to force the clock back, to make kids live in a world where those functions are separated, is ultimately futile. They won’t wanna do it, and their peers will give them hell for it if their parents force the issue. The only sustainable approach is to ensure we have risk management and risk mitigation in place. Banning things just makes them all the more enticing to kids, after all. Kids from a household who are more technologically restrictive will just find excuses to visit the friends who have more freedom. And then they’ll be confused as to why their parents banned/restricted it. Communicating and setting clear boundaries with them is therefore a far better solution than simply limiting or removing access. And, again, if you don’t actually disagree with my wider point, then stop making arguments that sound as if you do. Such as saying giving a child a tablet is abuse.

  • -2 F is stupidly cold? Laughs in Minnesotan.

  • Damn, you could use this thing to give your kid a basic functional understanding of the world. I wish school could do that

  • 6:25 didn't they use that in the mandalorian for some kind of explosive timer?

  • I have one of these, but black. It got dropped in my classroom and a screw came loose and now its not working properly. Can I mail it to you and you can fix it on a video? :) I have all the cards for it, and I want my kids to play with it!

  • I can't watch this without the subtitles 😂. [Under breath], [Intense shuffling]

  • Omg I had one of these. XD

  • I actually missed the hand-sleeve catch the first two times i watched it

  • I had this!!! I knew nobody that really heard of or had this, and even explaining to my kids now seem foreign to them lol

  • According to the manual, the "knowledge button" is indeed called Gerald.

  • Why am I watching this? I have no interest in the GeoSafari Jr and never heard of it. But this video is amazing, educational, and entertaining as is all of your videos! Thank you for doing an amazing job!

  • I played this for hours as a 90s kid. I would love to have it (or something similar) for my kids.

  • You forgot to put a card 'up there' after uploading the heat pump video 😉

  • At 19:05 I actually expected Alec to edit the boops in stereo just for the joke.

  • Incalculable indeed!

  • yep, nothing like stereo boops and beeps...

  • Something on Wikipedia is wrong? Imagine my shock.

  • i really wanna not finish the video after that honda insight joke

  • Wow I remembered this from my elementary school days. Totally forgot about this. Wow brings back memories

  • No micrograms actions either!

  • I think you forgot to add the card for the heat pump video

  • i'm sorry TC, but every video you look more and more crazed. maybe it's the hair. keep it together, man

  • 16:00 that tropico 6 music though lol

  • I low key remember having these in school 🤣

  • Could you do a video on the game "Punch your lights out"?

  • That's the kids version of the Apollo DSKY.

  • Most randomly timed product review ever.

  • I'll tell you later...

  • I’am going to guess the fake speaker grill was for symmetry?

  • In Argentina some similar game was called The magical brain..., but in the 80s best games are like BIG TRAK ( expensive but amazing robot truck) you can program it.. or the Robot Arm (Spectravideo brand), that are more creative games, not cheap too..

  • 'Back in my day life was so hard.' *THATS THE POINT, JOHN! IT'S SUPPOSED TO GET EASIER*

  • I always thought that second grill was for the "SUPER ULTRA EXPENSIVE" version back when I was a kid

  • i still have my original geo safari. still works great

  • Speaking of neat displays (unless you've already done a video on these and I haven't seen it), you might also do a video on the science of Magna Doodle boards. According to the Wikipedia for them, "The key element of the toy is the magnetophoretic display panel, filled with a thick, opaque white liquid containing tiny dark magnetic particles. These particles can be drawn to the drawing surface by a magnet-tipped stylus or optionally-provided shapes, or removed to the hidden back side by a sliding eraser bar. The middle layer is divided into a honeycomb of cells, keeping the liquid static and the particles evenly distributed across the panel. The liquid is formulated so that the floating particles can be pulled through it in response to the magnetic forces, but not due to gravity." Because of these properties, SCUBA divers sometimes use them as underwater whiteboards (although they are not designed for those purposes). Anyway, just an idea to throw out there. It'd be like a mix between your video on e-readers and electrophoretic displays and those reusable hand warmers.

  • Excellent scripting!! Superb video!

  • I still have my old GeoSafari at my mum's place from when I was about 10. There were quite a few geography-related cards for it. I remember learning what a peninsula, archipelago, bay etc was from it, learned capital cities, national landmarks and how to say hello in different languages to name a few. I loved that thing. Too bad the D cells were so damned expensive back then!

  • Didn't put the card to the heat pump video smh

  • Speaker still sounds great.

  • You didn't put the heat pump card into this video.

  • Love the shirt!

  • I was watching on my speakers but I put on headphones to rewatch 19:05 cause I thought for sure your comment there was a lead-in to you panning the two beeps across left and right I'm overthinking your own jokes now

  • does it say well hello nice to meet you

  • 5:50 Huh, I call the F5 key on my keyboard Gerald, wonder if that's a coincidence?

  • There is still no card up there

  • I remember using the geo safari in kindergarten, man it was cool

  • You should look up the Questron books & electronic scanner pen. I played that a bunch back in the late 80s. Haven't thought about it in a while!

  • I remember I had a weird educational electronic toy that was black and had Dinosaurs on it.

  • That's how Telemarketing should have been done back in the 90s.

  • This is better than the magnavox odyssey

  • You can reverse engineer it. I had a VTech world world wizard which was basically the same, but the cards were punch cards and there was no screen. It's function was indentical. Instead of keying in the card code, the punch segment took care of that.

  • I had something similar around 30 years ago, but it actually was touch screen! Eeehhm, kind of. It was a blue case with a white handle, I guess it was supposed to look like a laptop. You open the lid, and there you had a dark grey surface, onto which you would place a card with a game on it. You would press on “buttons” on the card to start the game (just like you code it with a code on this yellow thing), and then you make moves by pressing on areas/buttons on the game. You could press it with your finger, but it worked better, if you used the white plastic stick, sitting neatly in the slot on the side of the case. It had three LEDs, green, yellow and red. There was an instruction book to tell you, how to play each game, and what flashing LEDs mean. Anyone seen one of those?

  • You know, when Honda made their first hybrid vehicle, I'm sure they learned some things. Those were educational I N S I G H T S

  • I would to see him explain the parts of a PC.

  • You didn't add the card to the new video!

  • Found one of these at a thrift store--a newer version with a laptop-style lid but works exactly the same way!

  • you forgot to link the heatpump video in the cards

  • i didnt notice you caught your hand on your sleeve until you mentioned it XD

  • Anyone else get a Forgotten Weapons vibe from the unscripted segment?

  • I'm guessing the code is a rng seed

  • Regular show Rigby shows up on card 10

  • you forgot the card!

  • Ok, that Honda Insight joke got me

  • I bet the answers are based on some math with the program number and if you had the formula you can predict all answers.

  • You need your own actual TV show :)

  • Sounds exactly like video picker at the casinos.

  • By the way, might want to place that info box now. :) @ 0:20

  • I remember having fun with one of those as a kid... I'd say good times, but I had to share with my little sister.

  • Next could you do the Leappad series?

  • Hey @Technology Connections, Love your content, it really keeps me going in my drive to acquire way too much knowledge about tech history. I also really appreciate that you (or someone) always adds nice accurate captions to the videos since it lets me watch them while eating chips, or when I don't want to play audio for videos.. (no hearing impediment, just convenience). This video has a hilarious typo in one of the captions, mostly for its implications. 4:39 "When you power is on, it makes a peasant greeting noise and says..." If that is a peasant greeting noise, what might we expect from a more bourgeoisie greeting? Do higher levels of aristocracy receive even more ornate greeting sequences? Cheers

  • I like LED's also. So I made a version of Simon with the ATMega328.

  • Never trust "someone has written on Wikipedia".

  • I remember playing this when I was kid.

  • I couldn't tell that you caught your hand on your sleeve

  • minus 19 metric?

  • Educational Insights. Unsubscribed. (But nah tho)

  • The fake speaker grill reminded me of something. Back in the 80s there was a brand of Super 8 film movie camera called the Bentley. They were all-plastic construction with an extremely simple mechanism, and they had a half-pound lead weight inside to give it some heft and make it feel like a higher quality camera. I used to find them in thrift stores and garage sales, usually for $5-10 dollars. Their light weight and simplicity made them perfect for my needs -- I removed the outer casing and lead weight, cut down the frame to the bare minimum, and mounted them in large, homemade rockets. Got a lot of great inflight footage! Also, they were designed to run on 4.5 volts, but I'd use a 9v battery to "over crank" the camera and get a nice bit of slo-mo.

    • You'd be surprised how many devices, Especially speakers, have a chunk of metal in them for no other purpose than giving them a bit of heft, though in the case of speakers, and people don't realize this, that weight is to keep the thing from vibrating itself off your desk.

    • Back when gopros are dirt cheap

    • Do you still have any of the footage?

  • LOL I remember that food pyramid being everywhere when I was a kid. They were big on "complex carbs = good, simple carbs = bad" back then. Now it's all "carbs are bad, period". Just eat your dang food and don't eat too much of it. That's it.

  • My parents had an original white GeoSafari (not the yellow Junior variant), and I can confirm that ALL of the cards that came with it were focused on geography (hence the name). However, we also possessed a few "expansion packs" of cards similar to the ones shown in this video.

  • The 'getting cards in order blooper' is exactly how I thought it was to get them read while I've watched the actual video :D

  • dont believe his lies on the chromebook they're better off as technical paperweights

  • I still remember learning the parts of an insect on one of those. Specifically what a thorax is.

  • I'll just wait for the emulator version. 😋😎

  • Finally, something I always saw in the classroom as a kid but _NEVER GOT TO PLAY!_

  • Hey! Before people wind up being like "oMg TeChCoNnEcTiFy FoRgOt ThE cArD" here's a handy reminder that you said something in this take regarding a card to the heat pump video with the linear time gag around 40-50 seconds in :)

  • Turns out there is no guide to creating a game. It's the ultimate test for the child to figure it out. It's the PhD program. I want to believe that I would have been that child. I had to figure out a lot about computers when I was a kid because there was no Internet to look things up.

  • Alec, you forgot to add the card for the heat pump video. Your broken promise has personally offended me and has positively ruined my day.

  • Hooolllleeeeesssshhhhhtttt! I remember my classroom had one in the 3rd grade, but aside from one presentation by the teacher, we weren’t allowed to touch it. Basically had a fun educational toy that collected dust, and we could only look at it

  • We had something similar in elementary school, the (Jumbo) Electro system, but this one seems a lot cooler!

  • Dude, my love for your channel continues to grow. The terrible puns are classic. Please, keep making videos

  • I remember playing a game on the original geosafari where you had to match countries to how you say hello in that country's language. This was in about 2005 so the thing was already very dated, but I still somehow found it cool

  • hahah that Jimmy Hoffa reference... and this is one of the many reasons why we love your channel.

  • 🌰 Here you go, i'm sorry for eating it.

  • I loved using the original in elementary school! Edit: In the mid-late 90's...

  • I had a similar game in USSR called "go outside"

  • I was a geography obsessed kid with an original GeoSafari, so I was very confused about the confusion over the name at the start of the video. Loved the thing.

  • I had the original one as a kid! I distinctly remember one card that was famous monuments like Zimbabwe, Taj Mahal, and Ankor Wat.

  • Educational Insights sounds like a channel run by an evil alternate-universe Alec.

  • Is this a joke?

  • "i'll put a card up there when it's out." caught lackin