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Was chatting about this over the weekend and thought I’d bring it back. A short (4) thread on the unexpected #a11y found in classic pinball! 👾
Pinball + Accessibility. A thread!
So modern pinball goes back to the old parlor game of bagatelle. Prior to the 1870s, bagatelle was played with a cue much like billiards. In 1871, a man named Montague Redgrave (great name) came along and made many “improvements” to the game.
It turns out they recorded these startup noises from an *actual Dreamcast*
I recently bought the Dreamcast theme for my Nintendo 2DS. When you wake the system from sleep, it plays the sounds of a CD spinning up and a VMU memory card beeping.
The VMU would beep at startup when its battery was dead, which was most of the time because the battery lasted for like an hour.
Someone at Sega loved the Dreamcast enough to subtly make fun of it.
There's Hamilton-style rap song about Janet Yellen, and it's delightful.
I'm bummed to learn that USGamer has shut down. I'm so grateful for their thoughtful, personal writing about videogames, and I hope the writers and editors all find good jobs soon.
The USG team elevated creators, told compelling stories, and created a welcoming space in a subculture that too often tells people they don't belong.
It's up to us to continue this work. The soul still burns, and the fight for everlasting peace goes on.
Random gadget prediction: I think 2021 will be the year that inexpensive noise cancelling headphones get really good.
The Wyze Headphones sound promising, and Soundcore's "#audioescape" campaign seems like a teaser for a new model in their line of noise cancelling cans.
Digging into this book, a super thoughtful Christmas gift from Colleen.
The book itself is from 2016, but the #platformcoop movement seems more vital than ever.
Dog racing (happy ending, though)
A guy stopped me while I was out walking Finn, our greyhound. The guy asked me if I wanted a greyhound hat. I asked, "A hat for greyhounds? A hat with a greyhound on it?"
The guy told me he worked at a local greyhound track for 30 years. He got a hat out of the back of his car and handed it to me. The hat says "Palm Beach Kennel Club" and has a picture of a greyhound with a muzzle.
I gave the hat to Finn. It's great for tug of war.
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