When Lucien Madore is interested in something, it is rarely a passing phase. He dives deep, quickly accumulating the kind of encyclopedic knowledge usually reserved for adults immersed in years of study of a subject.
The Bridgehampton School eighth grader recently shared his passion for a particular subject with his classmates, becoming a regular contributor to the school’s morning announcement video series led by the guidance counselor Ryan Barker.
On January 27, he launched a new segment, titled “Lucien’s Console History 101”, where he dives into the history of specific video game consoles, what they looked like, how they worked, and how they served as predecessors to more recent waves. of technology. Its first episode featured information on the first commercial home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, released in 1972.
Lucien’s innate curiosity is contagious. It’s clear he has a knack for remembering a seemingly endless array of facts, figures, and key moments in history, and shares that information with unabashed enthusiasm. During a recent Zoom interview, he spoke about the effect the “video game crash of 1983” had on the industry, and the ensuing emergence of Nintendo and Sega Genesis in as dominant players – no pun intended – on the scene, and also shared knowledge of early video game consoles created by companies like Magnavox and Commodore in the 1970s.
It’s clear that Lucien has not only done his research, but has the ability to put the information into a broader context and create a solid overall picture of how, thanks to rapid advances in technology, the industry is got to where it is today. While many kids his age are largely digitally savvy and often beyond what their parents can understand by the time they’re in middle school, it’s rare for a 13-year-old to have such a deep understanding of video. origins in the gaming industry that go back to a time when his own parents were still young children.
Sharing his expertise on the popular morning announcement video series has been a success, according to Barker, who started making morning announcement YouTube videos when the district switched to virtual learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID 19 in 2020. The Three to Five Minute-long videos, dubbed “WBEE Virtual Radio”, are posted daily on the school’s YouTube channel.
Barker has become a popular figure in the school because of these videos, although Lucien has recently stolen some of his thunder. That’s great with Barker, who said he was happy to give Lucien – who is on the autism spectrum and also has ADHD – a forum to showcase his knowledge and talents with the rest of his peers.
“I call him Professor Madore because he loves teaching and educating,” Barker said. “It really took off. Everyone at school loves it, and so many kids come up to him and ask him about consoles now.
According to Barker, Lucien was a natural when it came to putting the segments together.
“He doesn’t even really have to study,” Barker said, adding that when he does the show he often pre-writes a script, but Lucien is able to put his pieces together with minimal preparation. “I love seeing students when they’re engaged and interested in something and really take off.”
Doing the show was entertaining for the students and faculty at Bridgehampton and also came at a good time for Lucien. He was new to school this year, having moved from the family’s old home on Shelter Island, and in addition to the normal ups and downs of fitting into a new school, Lucien also underwent surgery. difficult in October and now faces being partially deaf in his left ear.
“It hasn’t been an easy year for him,” said his mother, Gretchen Madore. “It helps him so much, and it’s just such a boost to his confidence and self-esteem. He’s comfortable in front of the camera and he’s happy to tell people about it. It’s really a natural.When he attaches himself to a subject, he learns as much as possible about it.
Barker agreed with Lucien’s mother’s assessment and said he was equally happy to see Lucien flourish.
“When they moved here, there was concern about adapting it, and that can be difficult for students on the spectrum,” he said. “But the opportunity for him to talk about his interests and for students to see him on morning announcements has been such a positive experience for him.
“I love having that light shining on him,” he added.
Barker also said that because the school has K-12 students in the same building, many younger students see Lucien’s segments and have a special respect for him.
“Some of the younger guys think he’s some kind of YouTube star,” Barker said.
Earlier this week, Lucien and Barker were gearing up for an upcoming episode focusing specifically on the Atari video game consoles that were popular in the 1980s. Once he exhausted his knowledge of the video game consoles that became familiar names, Lucien said he might like to delve into the history of failing video game consoles. It’s just one of many ideas he has for more segments, ensuring that as long as there’s room for him on the show, he’ll have something to contribute.
“It’s just the tip of the iceberg,” her mother said. “He has a number of things that he’s passionate about, which is just great.”