Animal Crossing was one of the best bonding experiences with my sister. We both loved the home decorations, designing, exploration, conversation, tricking each other into pitfalls, digging moats around neighbors that we hated and paying off Tom Nook. My sister wasn’t that into the NES games but there was one where we could play endlessly. That game was Donkey Kong Jr. Math.
I have no idea why people hate this game. It may have to do with the fact that people have never played this game multiplayer with anyone else. I admit, the single player is a pointless distraction that basically is an extravagant way to put in a math equation. For those of you that haven’t played it, you are place in a stage with a bunch of chains, representing digits in an equation, and you select the desired numeral by climbing up the chain a certain length. If they put in any game design or challenge, it would have been an actual game and, therefore, potentially fun.
Where the real fun is at is in the multiplayer where DK Sr. is holding up an answer and you have to get your number to equal that answer. You do this by racing to numbers and mathematical symbols. This a test of both mind and skill as you are racing your opponent for the numbers and symbols while thinking what will be your next modification for you number. Sure it could have been more varied with static enemies, varied battlefields, and other methods to outrun your enemy, but it was very fun and competitive for what it is. I bet it would probably fall under a Arcade title by today’s standards (a 15 dollar one considering it’s programming), but to say it’s worthless is closed-minded.
It almost seems like this game is instantly shunned for being educational. I remember I got laughed at my friends when I told them I was playing Geometry Wars (obviously having nothing to do with shape mathematics). It probably relates to the issues with badditude; where any game that doesn’t include modern day weaponry, emotionless spec-ops guys, and a song by Eminem is less accepted at first sight and just gets less and less accepted and education is as far as it can get.
The game isn’t fun for me because it had gameplay to soften up the educational aspects but it was fun because it blended the two seamlessly. Speed-based trivia, party, and puzzle games prove that speed works wonders alongside thinking. It may not be appealing because math isn’t as varied as trying to get your friend to say a simple word, but speed thinking can make anything fun and tense. Add gameplay, which speed and decision-making is also commonplace, and it should work flawlessly.
This brings me to my point. I feel that I would like to see some math-based game modes in more competitive games and math based scenarios in single player games. The battle in your head can be as crucial as the one in your mind. Imagine being a sniper protecting the coveted 9, as your teammates make an assault on the “+” symbol, so your team can create 47 with your 38. A more likely scenario to actually happen could be a quest find the proper combination of magnification lenses for a laser, while fighting trans-dimensional enemies endlessly teleporting into your research facility. Valve; make that happen in episode 3. Nintendo; make a Mario Kart math battle mode mode, where your powerups can also disrupt crucial equations along with screw up your driving. This could also give the need for quick thinking, seeing that modification could give an edge when it comes to multiplication, division, exponents, ect. Math is still cool to be used outside of school!
The US has been criticized for enforcing their constitution on other countries, and it’s understandable, especially when the US is far from heaven. However, the First Amendment is something that should be in place for every country, even with the burdens brings. It’s creates forward thinking, makes everyone different and lets people spread ideas of ideas. Of course it can cause the exact opposite, but humans aren’t stupid. General knowledge and criticism act as checks and balances. It should be a basic human right.
Anyway, the sad thing is that Salmaan Taseer, the Governor of the Punjab region of Pakistan was assassinated by his own body guard. This guard detested Taseer’s opposition to the Blasphemy law (does exactly what you think it would do) and his pardon of a Pakistani Christan, who was convicted to for supposed blasphemy (which, almost looked like discrimination when I read the article).
It’s true that I barley know the man or his politics and I only heard of him today, after his assassination, on the wikipedia news feed. It’s also true that he isn’t the only man that is standing up for rights and many others have died in attempts to uphold whats rights. I just felt people should know of a righteous man that they would probably never heard of who died for what he believed in. I don’t think of as a halt or a bump for progress but a sign that progress is happening, as grim as it is.