Tuesday, June 28, 2011

George Plimpton's Video Falconry

In a recent episode of his excellent podcast, Judge John Hodgman, long-time CSD-favorite John Hodgman settled a dispute between two friends over whether using a video game strategy guide constitutes "cheating," or whether they are acceptable ways of helping you play the games more intelligently. Hodgman, who, despite being an admitted nerd for fantasy novels, comic books, obscure trivia, and most other things about which it is possible to be nerdy, professed an almost-complete ignorance of video games, joking that the last video game he played was (the fictional, obviously) George Plimpton's Video Falconry, in the early 1980's.

Because this is 2011 and the internet is awesome, video game programmers seized on the idea, and actually created the game George Plimpton's Video Falconry with graphics, music, and game play reminiscent of early-80's Intellivision, complete with this hilarious fake advertisement, edited together from actual George Plimpton Intellivision advertisements and other weird archival footage. Its not a great game, but its fun, and I just love the fact that I live in a year in which this series of events could happen.

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