This article originally appeared at the beginning of this year in the150th issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly. The editors gave some good suggestions, and sent me video game systems that the rest of the world was smart enough to destroy like the Atari Jaguar, Sega CD, and 3D0. It's safe to say that I played more video games during the course of my three months of research than I had in the previous 24 years of my life. If a game was named after a movie or had the words Mary Kate and Ashley in it, I played it. And it took a toll on my sanity. For example, Shaq Fu is a game about Shaquille O'Neal battling in a super-powered martial arts tournament, and I was in such a cloudy state of mind that I forgot to include it.
Have you ever stepped on a nail during a seminar about trends in hydraulic pump insurance? If so, then keep doing it. It's more fun than this electronic wasteland.