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Four seemed downright luxurious until I had to start choosing... 1. Ms. Pac Man 2. Kangaroo 3. Joust 4. Gauntlet I was originally going to ask if Gauntlet "counted" since it might be too modern, but then I see that some people have chosen more recent ones. Honorable mentions: Mr. Do, Popeye, Pengo, and Crystal Castles.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2009 on nostalgia overload at WWdN: In Exile
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"Speaking as a fan of Neil's work and a Batman fan..." And as the Blue Beetle! I just saw a few episodes of that show; it's really fun.
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The link is actually for education titles only, which I didn't realize at first-- I started to get upset when Reader Rabbit and Math Blaster showed up instead of Mario and Zelda. Even among educational titles, though, they were stretching by the end. Windows Solitaire as an educational title? Because it "eased our transition to using the mouse" ?? I'd like to see a good list of 80s games that influenced game design for entertainment, rather than education... I bet a couple of the same titles would still be there.
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I agree with the token idea. Whether you are an adult or a child, a devastating series of setbacks that depend only on randomness can really destroy the fun of a game. That's why DMs roll behind a screen and describe the results! I think the only difference between kids and adults in this case is that adults are usually more socialized to handle the disappointment maturely and put it in perspective.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2008 on Gaming with kids: rule 17b at WWdN: In Exile
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Have you thought of holding a sending-off party for the exhibit, sometime in August? I'd go.
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I enjoy these times in your blog where you are really honest about your creative work. I like your insight about the creative process, and I also like reading about how you try to maintain your creative integrity while dealing with publishers, auditions, etc., etc. Congratulations on your achievement this week! :-)
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Wil-- I totally agree with you about Heroes. I posted in my blog that the writers' strike is actually doing Heroes a favor, because it should give everyone time to think about the importance of writing and figure out why so many of the scenes from this season read like canned dialogues from acting class textbooks.
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I second what Zadig wrote, actually. If you call the right executive at eBay and say, "Hello, I'm Wil Wheaton, and my product launch has been delayed because..." in a way that is patient-but-clearly-frustrated, any company worth their salt will have your problem fixed in the next 48 hours. This worked for me when I had a problem with my first Powerbook, and I am not Wil Wheaton. They should feel honored to have you as a client, honestly.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2007 on PayPal finally speaks at WWdN: In Exile
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It sounds suspiciously like he was playing DOTA.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2007 on it's so fun to relate at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil-- I apologize if I hurt your feelings; I think this is an instance of the internet as an imperfect medium of communication. On top of that, you are right: I didn't read the previous 33 posts before submitting my comment. To explain what I was trying to say-- I feel that the media strongly influences the ideas that people have about other groups of people, other countries, etc. While I understand that sometimes it's easier in a movie or a TV show or a 30-second commercial to rely on stereotypes rather create a nuanced, realistic character, I also believe that media stereotypes of queer people reinforce the negative images that are held by part of the population. Even the "original" chest hair version of the Snickers commercial relies on hurtful stereotypes: --That homosexuality is shameful --That gay men are less "masculine" than straight men --That being perceived as gay is somehow emasculating While there have definitely been breakthroughs for the visibility of queer people in the media in the past decade, there's still a long way to go. (For example: the recent controversial un-gaying of Zach from Heroes.) And while it was unfair of me to place the brunt of the burden on you, Wil, I still want to challenge you to do more to defy that dominant paradigm of oppression. I think that the sooner we realize that even (for example) Jerry Seinfeld's "Not that there's anything wrong with that!" jokes are still at the expense of queer people, the sooner we can create media portrayals that break down stereotypes and encourage acceptance.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2007 on the not so super bowl at WWdN: In Exile
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I have to agree with Mark: the Snickers commercial is "funny" at the expense of gay people. Any time you imply that being gay is inherently shameful, even if it's supposed to be funny, it contributes our culture's continued oppression of queer people. I mostly enjoy reading your blog, Wil, but I wish you'd take a stronger stand about this sort of thing.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2007 on the not so super bowl at WWdN: In Exile
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