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Super Mario Indeed!

Here is a list of many of the super powers that Mario has shown in games:

  • Can jump to multiple times his own height
  • Can change direction in mid air
  • Can fly using a cape, hat with wings, or (even more amazingly) a raccoon tail.  At least the propeller mushroom makes some sense.
  • Can ingest a magic mushroom and grow to twice his size
  • Can ingest a “fire” flower and be able to generate and throw fireballs
  • Can ingest an “ice” flower and be able to generate and throw ice pellets
  • Can walk up walls beyond the normal limits of physics
  • Does not get hurt falling from a great height
  • Can jump and accelerate quickly downwards
  • Can fly through empty space without suffocating.
  • Can spin with enough force to break through otherwise solid ground or kill otherwise lethal enemies
Omitted from the list are things that are more properties of the surroundings or items:
  • The enemies that die by being stepped on from above
  • The vines that are strong enough to support his weight when he holds on or climbs
  • The frog suit that improves jumping makes some sense (similar to wearing something on ones feet)
  • The penguin suit that allows him to slide around on some surfaces
  • The hat that allows him to walk through some walls
  • The hat that turns his body into a metallic substance.
The ones that break the laws of physics are most incredible.  But those kinds of things happen in many video games.

Televised games

What games would people watch on TV?  They probably all exist already in some fashion, but here are some thoughts:

Televised Chess
Televised Bridge
Televised Scrabble
Televised Poker (nobody would ever watch this, right?)
Televised Call of Duty
Televised Magic: The Gathering
Televised Beer Pong

When I thought about things like poker and darts, I wondered where the line is drawn between “game” and “sport”, and also “activity”.  Is darts a sport?  If a sport involves physical ability, including dexterity, then beer pong is just as much a sport as darts.  And considering “activity”: I would think that snowboarding and biking are sports when you race or do tricks in competition, and activities otherwise.  It follows then that individual things can be “activities” but team things can’t.  No matter how little you care about winning, I would still call volleyball and rugby “sports”.  Golf is some sort of exception, because playing a round alone, even if you don’t keep score, I believe would still qualify as a sport.

And now I can’t stop thinking about this.

“Hard, But Not Too Hard”

In a recent game of mini-golf, I told someone to hit the ball “hard, but not too hard”. A stock answer, I know, but I started to wonder: What does that even mean? Like, how would you quantify it? What would the units be? (Ergs?) How many units would be hard, soft, and hard-but-not-too-hard? But really, what a meaningless answer.

…Whatever, I won at mini-golf.

You Just Lost The Game

The Game seems like such a downer. You never win, you can only lose. You could describe the state of not losing as “winning”, but you never get to enjoy winning, and if you do, you lose.

That said, it’s a cool mind game. It’s a self-meta-game. Awesome.

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