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So Obama killed a fly. I've killed three on the same day. I've gotten threefold better results than our decider-in-chief commander-in-chief. That's not good.

Also, I'm very tired.

Writer's Block: You Don't Know Me

Our friends don't always know us as well as they think, particularly when it comes to likes and dislikes. Which popular book, movie, band, food, TV show, etc. would your friends be surprised to hear that you don't like?

Given my username and the poster for The Terminator on my wall, everyone thinks that I like The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Although I was originally optimistic, the show just seemed to go further and further downhill the more I watched it. The writing was just so painful, it reminded me why I rarely watch TV anymore.

Writer's Block: Gamer's Choice

What is your favorite old-school video game?

I can't name a single favorite "old-school" game as the term includes-for me at least-every game made from the 1970s to 2002 because as a computer person a tend to view anything that's more than four years old as "quaint". As any gamer will tell you, video games were often completely different from one decade to another. Thus, I will just list my favorite game by the decade it was released:

1970s: Breakout. Just smash some bricks by bouncing a ball off a paddle. Not very complicated, but engaging. The only thing I didn't like about the game was trying to hit the last brick (that was the part when I usually just stopped playing).

1980s: Robotron 2084 I never had an NES, so the only 80s games I've played are ones that were on the arcade, and Robotron was the only one I kept coming back to. The game had frentic action, catchy sounds and visuals (especially the transitions between levels), and great dual-joystick controls which made moving a shooting a breeze. I'd also like to give honorable mention to Robotron's successor, Smash TV.

1990s: Duke Nukem 3D. Wolfenstein 3D and Doom may have birthed the first person shooter, but Duke 3D perfected it. It had well designed levels which actually looked like real places (as opposed to Doom which only had corridors of simple geometric shapes), excellent theme music which is still fun to listen to, and a sense of humor (however crude it was) that is sorely missing from more recent shooting games. As an aside, I preferred the Nintendo 64 version, which had better graphics, larger levels, and different types of ammunition for the game's weapons (such as explosive shotgun shells). It was one of those rare cases where a game is significantly better on a console than it is on a personal computer.