My post yesterday about the ugly "Get Out of Jail Free" card in the recent version of Monopoly led to an interesting discussion in the comments. The conversation steered in the direction Monopoly's awful gameplay. I can't argue with that. An even worse game, though, is Battleship. (Cracked has a good takedown of Battleship, along with Monopoly, Risk, and other popular boardgames.) I used to have the version of Battleship above. When I was a kid I thought it was funny (in a mean way) that the mom and girl were doing dishes while the dad and son were whooping it up in the next room. But as an adult, it strikes me just how horrible it is. Carla says this cover depresses her in the same way this 1956 "Busy Day" Jello commercial does.
Sexism still exists of course, but I don't think a major game company would make something so overtly sexist today. Feel free to prove me wrong in the comments.
It’s the end of an era, sort of: Fraunhofer IIS, the developers of the MP3 audio compression format, announced that they are ceasing their licensing program. In a blog post, spokesman Matthias Rose says that it’s had a good 20-year run and is obsolete. But it’s also true that the decoding patents expired last year, […]
Freddy deBoer writes that he’s been telling the same joke for years about Silicon Valley’s only product, which might be universalized as “At last, a way to verb with nouns on the internet!” But the social-media techopoly is stable, now, and so the venture capitalists have moved on to the three terrible trends that will […]
Alex Wood is an addict but won’t give up his smartphone. But he has five strategies for limiting its control over him: “I used to wake up tired. My body would ache and my head felt sore, like waking up with a hangover. Finally, I took control, like attending an AA class for addicts, I […]
If you are camping during rainy season, or just want a TSA-approved lighter, these plasma torches make perfect travel companions. These gas-free lighters create a small plasma beam that’s safer than butane to use and more environmentally friendly. It creates a super-hot, splashproof flame so you can get a campfire going, or have a smoke […]
If you don’t want to get stuck footing the bill for a hit and run, this dashboard-mounted camera offers up to 2K resolution to make sure you always have a reliable witness, and it’s available in the Boing Boing Store for 30% off it’s usual price.The PapaGo mounts unobtrusively to your windshield to see everything […]
While some people still maintain that everything in Apple’s walled garden “just works” and is immune to the rampant malware of the Windows world, the reality is different. The Mac’s growing market share has made it a much more viable target for malicious actors, and its built-in tools aren’t always enough to fix things. Drive […]