I mentioned this on the post from @splatoonus but the new Bomb Launcher Special
seems to be based on an ancient Nintendo toy called the Ultra Machine
it was a pitching machine designed by Gunpei Yokai who you may or may not know as the creator of the Game & Watch handheld system, inventor of the Control Pad (whose plus-shaped design nearly all video game controllers attempt to mimic today), the original designer of the Game Boy, and producer of a few long-running and critically acclaimed video game franchises, such as Metroid
I usually headcanon Stan kept in regular touch with Ma Pines post being kicked out of the home by phoning her psychic hotline. In most dimensions Stan’s life on the road meant Ma didn’t get much chance to see her estranged son, but there was one occasion in dimension M-768. Shortly after breaking the billionaire mark at the end of the 80′s, Stan decided to send a Forbes list to brag to his parents about how successful he’d become living in Miami with his er- business associate. Ma Pines came out for a weekend to visit, and much to Stan’s surprise, introducing her to Rick went better than expected.
(This article is from FurbyFrenzy.com, a furby fansite that I run. I thought I’d post it here for the furby fandom to see.)
In February of 1997, Dave Hampton went to the American International Toy Fair, where he saw the tamagochi for the first time.
He wasn’t too impressed by it, and has said that he found it to be too sterile and “flat.” Soon after, he started designing the children’s toy the tamagochi inspired: the furby.
It took Hampton and partner Caleb Chung nine months to create the first furby prototype, and after they invited fellow toy and game inventor Richard C. Levy to help sell it, Levy brought furby to Tiger Electronics, a toy company which had just been bought by Hasbro in June of that same year.
When the first furby prototype was shown to Alan G. Hassenfeld, chairman of Tiger, there were apparently some problems getting it to start, as the halogen lightbulbs in the room it was in were interfering with the signals being sent along a wire between the furby and the concealed black emulator box that contained its machinery.
Tin foil was wrapped around the wire to shield it from the radiation, and after the furby did turn on and Hassenfeld saw it working, he reported to Roger Shiffman, the president of Tiger, that it was the coolest thing he’d seen in 25 years in the business.
Not long after, Shiffman bought the rights to the furby, and production began with the goal of making it available in time for Christmas of 1998. Shiffman acknowledged the risk of rushing production, but said it was “too exciting not to try.”
Furbies began flying off the shelves as soon as they were released in stores on October 2nd, 1998. Some stores were so worried about the frenzy that they wouldn’t even let buyers get it directly from the shelf—anyone who wanted to purchase a furby had to get a ticket and give that to a store associate, who would then give you the furby.
It was the year’s hottest toy.
In December though, rumor of a potential lawsuit by Warner Bros. took off, as the similarities between furbies and mogwai (the creatures that morphed into gremlins in the movie by the same name) were not lost on them or anyone else.
Another rumor appeared immediately after that a seven figure settlement had taken place. The rumors were disputed by Warner Bros. spokesperson Barbara Brogliatto, who said, “There was not a lawsuit and there’s no settlement. We have a good working relationship with Hasbro.”
Warner Bros. even partnered with Tiger to bring the Gizmo furby to consumers, and those and other furbies continued to enjoy the same popularity well into the next year.c In 1999 Tiger released furby babies, which were smaller furbies with different voices and easter eggs, and furby buddies, which were also extremely popular, and in 1999 and 2000 they partnered with McDonald’s to give away little furby figures and furby keychains, respectively, and even those were considered highly collectible.
The hype could only last for so long though, because Tiger started releasing so many different variations of the furby and furby babies that the market became oversaturated and sales started dwindling. The company stopped selling furbies in 2000, and instead started focusing on a furby offshoot called shelby, which was released in 2001.
Shelbies were clam-like creatures that could open and close, speak Shelbish, and were decidedly grouchier than furbies. In 2002, those too were retired from the Tiger line.
So what became of Tiger’s Furby? Today they are still bought and sold on auction sites, relics of a bygone era with a fanbase that will not let go of them.
Fresh, fresh .gifs from our new video about acronyms in games so T.O.R.T.U.R.E.D their inventors clearly worked B.A.C.K.Wa.R.D.S from the name they wanted in the first place https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1c42Fe7vS4
In 1980, All Things Considered interviewed game inventor Nolan Bushnell about his latest venture: “Soon popping up on landscapes across this country, and even overseas, will be Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre—a combination of games, entertainment and fun. It’s been paralleled to a small Las Vegas for children.”
Bushnell described Chuck E. Cheese as “kind of a composite of Fred Flintstone and Archie Bunker. He’s a street-wise New Jersey rat and he puts on the show with his other compatriots who are known as the Pizza Time Players.”
Video Game Pioneer Ralph H. Baer Has Passed Away at 92
Ralph Henry Baer (March 8, 1922 – December 6, 2014) was an American video game pioneer, inventor, engineer, and was known as “The Father of Video Games”, and was noted for his many contributions to games and the video game industry.
Born in Germany, he and his family fled to America before World War II, and he served the American war effort. Afterwards, he pursued work in electronics, and in the 1960s, came up with the idea of playing games on television screens. He would go on to develop the several hardware prototypes, including what would become the first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, and other consoles and consumer game units. In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology for inventing the home gaming console and spawning the video game industry. [Wiki]
A while ago, before any of the ultimates were revealed, a user pointed out how some of the ultimates were on the cover for the main visual for the game. Inventor, Entomologists, Robot, and Aikido are a few.
Most importantly, Doctor appeared. Right on top of Doctor are two question marks. Who has an ultimate currently known as “???”, and why don’t any of the students have the talent of Ultimate Doctor? Could his secret ultimate be…?
A/N: Set after the events of Don’t Stand So Close To Me, though reading that isn’t necessary to understand this. Title and inspiration come from the Police song.
Annie didn’t see any need for a sitter. “Ronan’s fifteen. He and Maggie are old enough to handle things by themselves,” she said. “If you could just give them a ride to school in the morning, maybe keep your phone on you so they have someone to call in case something comes up, that would be fantastic.”
Perhaps saying that Annie had attempted to convince herself there was no need for a sitter would be more accurate. Katniss didn’t need their decade-and-some of friendship to know that the pose she currently struck – sitting on the edge of the desk, switching off between picking at one thumbnail and the other – was not that of a mother perfectly comfortable with having her children home alone for four days. Add in that Annie looked ready to pass out at the very thought, and she had all the ingredients for a Maltov cocktail sitting in front of her. Time for an intervention. “You’re sure you don’t want someone staying with them overnight? It wouldn’t be any trouble. I’d come over at eight or so, make sure everybody gets to bed, be there when it’s time for school. It’s not like I’ve got a social calendar to clear out.“
“If you’re sure it wouldn’t be any trouble. They’re responsible enough, I know they are, but–”
“But you’re worried,” Katniss supplied.
“Yes.” Her friend sighed and lifted up her glasses to rub at the bridge of her nose. “When am I going to learn not to worry so much?”
Katniss grinned at that. “Judging by the calls I still get from my mother, I’m guessing it won’t be any time soon.”