This Kid Played All Video Games (Dad’s Experiment)

medium-1 7dnh0MW9NQGZLOINNTYL7w‘On Eliot Baio’s fourth birthday, I started him with a Pac-Man plug-and-play TV game loaded with arcade classics — Galaxian (1979), Rally-X (1980), Bosconian (1981), Dig Dug (1982), and of course, Pac-Man (1980) and three sequels, Super Pac-Man (1982), Pac-Man Plus (1982), and Pac & Pal (1983).

‘By the time he turned seven, Eliot had collected every star in Super Mario 64.

‘After that, we skipped straight to the 2000s. On the PlayStation 2, we played through ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and the original Katamari Damacy, released the year he was born.

‘The experiment was complete…’

Gamers Now College Stars Too
Gamers to get college scholarships
‘Note to parents: All those hours your kids spend blazing a trail of destruction in video games may not be a complete waste of time, after all.

‘A small private university in Chicago is offering hefty scholarship for players of one game in particular, League of Legends, which has become one of the most popular games for organized team competitions.

‘Robert Morris University Illinois announced its new program this month and said it recognizes the growing legitimacy of what are known as “eSports.” The school says it also wants to give credit to those with a competitive spirit who don’t necessarily want to play traditional sports such as basketball or football…’

Is Nethack the best game of all time?
‘It’s tremendously addictive. It takes a lifetime to master. And people play it for decades without completing it. Welcome to the strange world of NetHack…

‘Believe it or not, it’s possible to be terrified by the sight of the letter D. Or ecstatic about the sight of a % character. (And the less said about ^, the better.) But before you assume we’ve gone totally loopy and close the tab, bear with us for a moment: those characters represent dragons, food rations and traps respectively. Welcome to NetHack, where your imagination needs to play a big role in the gameplay.

‘Here we’ll show you how NetHack came about, give you a guided tour of the dungeons, and show you some tricks. Note: by reading this feature, you agree to not sue us when you become addicted to NetHack and your real-life productivity is obliterated…’

Facebook Claims it Will Find Your Drunken Posts
‘Combining image recognition and artificial intelligence, the system would be able to distinguish between drunk and sober pictures.

‘It would ask: “Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?”

‘The plan was revealed by the head of Facebook’s artificial intelligence research lab…’

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