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Now You're Really Playing with Power: The Expurgation of Maniac Mansion for the Nintendo Entertainment System

The bad words we removed, meaning that “The meteor is going to be pissed” was changed to “The meteor is going to be mad.” Howie Rubin of Jaleco (the company that was going to publish the game under license) advised us the that the baddest bad word is Kill. The central activity in most Nintendo games is killing things. The image and the act are good, but the word is…

Deconstructing Reality

Want to play a game that involves Monty the Mole? Commander Keen? David “Knight Rider” Hasselhoff? With RoN you can. The fact that anyone can freely contribute to the series means that its potential for growth is unrivaled. Indeed, at the time of writing this article, there have been over sixty RoN games. Even King’s Quest could only manage eight… –Robert Lacey –Deconstructing Reality  (Adventure Gamers) Hmm… this is more…

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Taking Life's Final Exit

It must be the painkillers, we thought. Or maybe hypoxia, the oxygen deprivation in the blood that often contributes to delirium in sick people. Or that the cancer now was destroying his mind, just as it had racked his body. But then our cousin Lynne mentioned that her parents had done a lot of similar traveling in the last days of their cancer battles. Uncle Larry (Lynne’s father) had insisted…

Sheep like smiles say researchers

Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered sheep prefer smiling or relaxed human faces, over angry or stressed ones. – Sheep like smiles say researchers (BBC) What about sheepish grins? Okay, that was a ba-a-ad joke. The news story says this research took place three years ago. What is the “news hook”? Is this article discussing recent research? If so, where was this recent research published? A web link or journal name…