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Jason Miller
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http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=...

Too bad they didn't mention anything but Hasbro...
Talk about a golden opportunity to mention new games.
 
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Scott A. Reed
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Drew Curtis, who runs Fark.com, writes about this type of "news" in his book. It's just a re-tread of a story that comes up on any kind of slow news day or when something is needed for filler -- if there was any sort of journalism involved in the research and writing for this story, perhaps they would have looked beyond the shelf at Wal-Mart. With exception to updates, none of the games highlighted in that segment were designed/first implemented in the last 40 years (Monopoly 1935 - Clue 1948 - Candy Land 1940 - Pachisi 400 - Battleship 1931 - Moustrap - 1963 - Operation 1965). Oh, and the statement about Monopoly being introduced at the height of the great depression to let people feel like they could own property runs counter to the introduction as the Landlord's Game

The only item that's verges on being "new" are the Hasbro Express games... which themselves are re-treads of their existing titles, or draw on games they put out decades ago -- Monopoly Express, nee Don't Go to Jail - 1991.

I guess at the end they do show a shot of Axis and Allies -- welcome to the world of 1981!
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skelebone wrote:
Drew Curtis, who runs Fark.com, writes about this type of "news" in his book. It's just a re-tread of a story that comes up on any kind of slow news day or when something is needed for filler...


It's like the traditional "comics aren't just for kids anymore!" article all media outlets are required to run annually now.

But yeah, it looks like some intern went over to Wal-Mart on their lunch break or something.
 
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And the suggestion at the end to hook up your copy of Operation to a car battery was a real touch of class. zombie
 
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What a shitty story. Of course, if you actually write about hobbyist board games, people's eyes just glaze over.

A local writer did a story about board games in our local paper. She took a picture of a bunch of us to go with it and hung around playing stuff with us on game night.

Anyway, despite the fact that her article was very good and explained that there was a lot more out there than most people realize, the reaction I got from non-gamers who noticed my picture was "So you play monopoly, or what?" Even with an article explaining it, a lot of people just can't conceptualize board games outside their own experience.

Its like finding someone who only watched silent movies as a kid and trying to describe to them what Imax is like.
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