Atari® 2600 in LEGO

Take a trip back to the 1980s with this LEGO® Atari® 2600 (10306) building set for adults. Enjoy a rewarding project creating all the details of this replica console, game cartridges and joystick. Gaming fans will love the 3 mini builds depicting themes from 3 popular Atari® games. There’s even a hidden 1980s scene to build for total nostalgia overload… More here.

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“Atari Was Very, Very Hard”

When you hear the name “Atari,” if you’re of a certain generation, you might think back to a period in the very late 1970s and early 1980s when the Atari 2600 home video game console seemed unstoppable. But prior to Warner Communications purchasing Atari in 1976, the young company experienced four wild years of uncertainty and success while its employees relentlessly innovated a brand new class of electronic entertainment… More here.

An excellent article, if you can get past the billion adverts strewn all over the page…

Glyph: unlocking the underlying logic of the world’s writing systems

Studies of the shapes and visual properties of letters are currently lacking. The research team, led by Yoolim Kim and Olivier Morin of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, hope to use the new glyph game to uncover hidden rules that govern the development of letters and writing systems… More here.

This will be interesting to a minority of people, but it may just achieve what it intends to.

Quitting Wordle

I have made judgments about people who post their results. I have made judgments about myself, primarily how brilliant I am. During a bout of insomnia, I’ve shared my grid at 3am with someone who has sent me their middle-of-the-night results, an action I have understood, obliquely, to be both a boast and a small cry for help. I’ve texted the word “genius” to people when they’ve solved the puzzle in two and received the same validation in return. I’ve wondered if I’m rescuing myself from dementia… More here.

An excellent article which covers many of the reasons why Wordle is so good, for now.

Apple’s Hybrid Gaming Console

You see one thing you’ll keep noticing about these reports is that Apple is going to release a gaming-focused Apple TV with the A14 chip inside; that’s not happening. What Apple is doing still in 2022 is seeking to take on the Nintendo Switch, which is the bestselling console in the world right now, and bring an even better portable console that is also a hybrid like the Nintendo Switch… More here.

This is a tricky area for Apple. If you want a high-end console you buy a PlayStation or an Xbox. If you want a portable you buy a Switch with all of the originality and exclusive titles Nintendo can bring. And if you are not too fussed about gaming and just want something to fill up a few minutes now and then you buy an iPhone or an Android.

You can stop the New York Times taking Wordle from you

The news that the New York Times is buying Wordle is a concern for those of us who spend a couple of minutes playing it every day. It has been something free and simple to play, and to compete with people if you choose to.

Jo and I discussed Wordle in the latest podcast episode and we covered what makes it what it is, and why we keep coming back every day, but it seems that to continue to do so we would have to pay a subscription.

Well, it isn’t that good and I would not pay an American newspaper for access because Wordle alone does not a subscription make.

We do have some potential to carry on playing though, even if it not the original, through various apps and likely new web games that will appear. Wordle is not an original game by any stretch and the NYT buying it will not change that- it is open for us to do what we want with and it seems that even the following could be a workable solution-

If we can get to a point where Wordle could sit on our phones and generate a new word each day, and potentially allow sharing still I would take that, and I would not feel bad about potentially taking money from the NYT.

I don’t blame the creator of Wordle for selling up, I would do the same for 7 figures, but I do know that it is not original and is open for us to play as we want to in the future.

Wardle thinks he know why Wordle has gone viral

The first thing I have to point out is that I did not come up with the emoji grid. Wordle, as I built it, got picked up in a New York Times newsletter, and people started playing it, and there was no share grid. And for some reason that I don’t fully understand, the game got big in New Zealand, and New Zealand Twitter was playing a lot of the game, and someone out there who I don’t know—she’s called Elizabeth S, and I only know her on Twitter—came up with the emoji grid as a spoiler-free way of sharing her results with other people… More here. Thanks to Kirk.

I admit to having started playing Wordle recently and it has become a fun few minutes each day. My wife and I compete seriously on this one.