I was sorry to learn of the demise of your first video game system. Was this the same system your father played, and you used to ask him, “Dad, play a game for me?” If so, it must have been a family heirloom. Perhaps it can be stuffed, mounted and placed in an honorable location.
pineyRick (Deer Trail Mario Kart champion)
– I believe it is that very system, Pops! Ah, the good old days, back when you actually had a prayer of beating me at anything. I sure miss ’em.
Hello, everyone. Unfortunately for all of you, I have a lot of time on my hands, and a laptop, so therefore you must listen to my bizarre ideas and any other rambling musings I may come up with.
The game that has so moved me to take to my keyboard is Tetris. Clearly, the best game of all time is Tetris. You may doubt me; I can sense the eye rolling. Stop it now. I shall explain. First of all you must acknowledge the universal appeal of the stacking blocks. EVERYONE knows Tetris. Many people know off the top of their head what level they can make it to on Tetris. Why? Because it is a universally awesome game, enjoyed by many, many people, and has withstood the test of time.
Tetris is available on Game Boy, as well as computers and palm pilots. The more advanced game is definitely on the Game Boy. The Game Boy version has bright happy colors and three classic techno-esque songs. The object of Type A is to make clear away rows for as long as possible, Type B is to make as many rows at one time as possible. With two methods of play it is twice the game.
The palm pilot form is especially cool because playing games on your palm allows you to look like you’re being organized and productive while actually wasting time. It also allows you to avoid annoying classmates trying to bum answers off you because you are intent in your “scheduling” and don’t hear “Did anyone get #4?”
The skills learned in Tetris can actually be translated into real world situations. How often can you say that about video games? Use what you learn in, say, DOOM, and you may find yourself facing some serious legal action and inquiry. But Tetris teaches you about stacking and space management. This comes in real handy if you live in a shoddily constructed West Philly apartment where you have only a pantry and no cupboards for your food. You can use your Tetris skills to get the Thai noodle bowls on top of the mac and cheese while leaving a gap against the wall where you can shove packets of Ramen noodles. (We really like carbs—don’t judge us.)
Well, as the twin of GameCola’s Associate editor Eric “Super Thumbs” Regan I think my thumbs are also gifted. So I give Tetris, in any form, a big thumbs up.
– Genevieve Regan
Unlocking Raccoon Suit Mario in Super Mario 64
[Yes, that dapper sun is indeed GC’s own Paul Franzen.]