The other day, I was at a friend's house watching her eight-year-old son play a video game on her cell phone. He was glued to the itty-bitty screen oblivious to his mom's insistence that he put the phone down and give the games a rest.
We wondered just what are the most prolific video game franchises ever? We're not just looking at actual sales, but sheer number of titles released. It's pretty amazing how addicted we've become to certain characters and concepts, as the following list attests.
It's just aggressively mediocre, and pretty much vanishes from your brainpan as soon as the credits start rolling and you've hit your mental "reset" button on your way out the door. In that sense, I guess it fits right in with the extensive oeuvre of star Adam Sandler.
For the last 15 years of my life, Super Smash Bros. has been apart of it. Beginning with the 1999 release of that first Smash game for the Nintendo 64, altered the course of many of my nights through my post-high school days.
Instead of putting in the mental exertion or time commitment to try and solve a puzzle -- and develop their critical thinking at the same time -- a kid's first recourse is to beg Dad to go online for a cheat code.
In 2010, computer scientists from the University of Michigan and Princeton hacked a touch-screen voting machine, installing the video game Pac-Man. Could comparable voting systems in Ohio be subverted to alter the presidential vote tally?