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Weird thing I noticed...because I'm a NERD. [Dec. 31st, 2013|08:53 pm]
Baby-sitters Club Snark-fest!


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The other day I was bored and reading Sea City Here We Come because that book is lulz, when I noticed this line:
'And he came to the door with a Nintendo joystick in his hand.'
And I thought 'Wait a minute, this makes no sense.' This book came out in 1993 and the newest available Nintendo home console would be the Super Nintendo. Now the SNES had controllers or 'joysticks' as they're so anciently called here that had to be plugged into the system. So either this boy had 1) 50 foot cords that could run from wherever his system is to the front door 2) unplugged his controller to take it with him to the front door 3) his SNES in the front hall or 4) is a time traveler who went into the future and got a Wii which has cordless controllers. So which is it, Ann? Or are video games another thing to file under 'Things Ann knows nothing about'? I'm guessing that. Also, I'd rather read about a time traveling fat kid that likes video games than Kristy's boring softball team.
Again, I'm a total nerd for realising this because I spend too much time on video games and reading the BSC when I should be drawing or sewing or painting. Anyway. I just had to point this out because gosh, did it bother me. Cheers, folks and happy new year!

[User Picture]From: aigooism
2014-01-01 08:48 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHA! Wow, as a gamer myself, I wonder why I never thought about that. I like your #4 theory -- it'd be pretty amazing if we had a time travelling gamer there LOL.
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[User Picture]From: joykilldrama
2014-01-01 09:33 am (UTC)
And that kid is the reason for the time warp!
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[User Picture]From: road_baby
2014-01-01 11:27 am (UTC)
And someone who can write needs to fanfic that up. A kid who can control time but just uses his powers to get game consoles before they're released and messed with the very fabric of space and time. It's be the next Dr. Who!
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[User Picture]From: lippian
2014-01-07 09:03 pm (UTC)
Inspiration for more sequels!!! Thank you very much and stay tuned.
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[User Picture]From: mspixieears
2014-01-01 11:05 am (UTC)
It might be the NES Advantage? We had one, it was set up to look like an arcade game control panel and it plugged in to both control 1 & control 2 slots. It was a console panel in itself!
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[User Picture]From: road_baby
2014-01-01 11:17 am (UTC)
But it still needed to be plugged in to work, right? I don't know much about the NES. My addiction started with the SNES. And the only thing I know about the Advantage was that is was in Ghostbusters II.
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[User Picture]From: mspixieears
2014-01-01 01:14 pm (UTC)
into a NES but in (both) the controller slots, like the SNES has. It's similar to the Sega hardware posted below.

I live in Australia so the PAL-NTSC system differences might have affected availability of said NES Advantage. But it definitely wasn't wireless and its power supply came from the console. It was plugged in separately, I don't think...

If I find my one, I'll post a pic :D
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[User Picture]From: miri_me
2014-01-01 11:09 am (UTC)
Prior to that (possibly around '88 or '89), I believe Dad got a joystick for playing games on a QL computer. (Joystick made sense as a term for it as it was a stick with a knob on the end which you moved around. I don't think it had any other controls on it...) I *think* (but was 4 or 5 at the time, so could be wrong) that you could also use the keyboard's arrow keys, and because the joystick was quite bulky, it was only plugged in when it was going to be used.

In '91 or '92, we had a Sega Megadrive, and we got a second controller for that shortly after, which was a bit snazzier, with a mini-joystick instead of directional arrows. I think the machine had two controller drives, but potentially, if you'd had it plugged in to use it as Player 2 in a two-player game, then your friend left, you might want to swap it and the other controller over to use it as Player 1 in a one-player game. I don't know (coz I didn't have a Nintendo) if there were similar add-on type ones for Nintendos?
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[User Picture]From: road_baby
2014-01-01 11:24 am (UTC)
I had no idea there was a Megadrive controller with a joystick. To me joysticks always strike me as something that was fazed out with newer systems. I always associate them with Atari. Although the aforementioned NES Advantage had a joystick. But like I said, they seemed to have fazed them out as they progressed. I'm always surprised when Ann mentions video games because it doesn't seem like a subject she'd know or even want to know anything about. That's why I can see her saying 'joystick' instead of 'controller'. But that might just be me.
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[User Picture]From: miri_me
2014-01-01 11:57 am (UTC)
It was similar to this one, but I don't think it had the slide controls:

*has a quick Google* It looks like there were Nintendo-compatible joysticks available (although they may have been third-party products), like this one... It's possible that the kid was going from one game where using a normal controller made sense, to another one which was easier/more fun with the joy stick, and had it (unplugged) in his hand when the bell rang, and didn't put it down before going to answer it?

The time traveller theory would be more fun though! :-)
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[User Picture]From: soundfurious
2014-01-01 08:43 pm (UTC)
His dad probably spliced cords together from two controllers so it would be long enough to take with him on his many trips to the refrigerator. Or to the front door in case someone's going door to door with free candy. Or you're right and he unplugged it so his brother couldn't kill him while he was gone. Apparently his brother is "moon-shaped." Which moon is this? A full moon? Crescent? Waxing gibbous? Or is it just that he's basically all ass? Either way, I wouldn't leave my joystick where he could find it. He might eat it.
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[User Picture]From: road_baby
2014-01-02 12:15 am (UTC)
I nearly choked at the thought of a crescent moon shaped kid. Mainly because I pictured Mac Tonight from those old McDonalds commercials. And you might be on to something that he unplugged his controller to keep his brother from messing with his game. I'm an only child so I never had to worry about that but I've heard stories of siblings killing a player or erasing files so that's a pretty good theory. Just a little too thought out for Ann.
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[User Picture]From: undeadnicole
2014-01-01 09:54 pm (UTC)
Also, I'd rather read about a time traveling fat kid that likes video games than Kristy's boring softball team.

Loved your whole post but that line especially made my brain happy. :) I want to write a crackfic about this kid SO MUCH... he'd drive the BSC crazy, call them out on all their bullshit and... and... ok I may need to do this soon. Just a quickie story. I'm down with the flu right now so soon as I can pause between coughing, hacking and swigging Tylenol Multi-Symptom straight from the bottle (we don't need no stinking medicine cup!) I'll see if I can write and post it here.

Happy New Year!
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[User Picture]From: road_baby
2014-01-02 12:19 am (UTC)
Omg, please do! That would be so awesome! I'm an awful writer which drives me crazy because I have a million stupid ideas (not ™Great Ideas). I can write dialogue okay but the rest of my writing is 5th grade level stuff. Feel better!
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[User Picture]From: ciaraxyerra
2014-01-02 04:46 pm (UTC)
not to be a total snore, but most places i've lived haven't had front halls. the front door just opened right into the living room. we had a TV & video game system in my childhood house that was maybe three feet from the front door, tops. a person could easily answer the door while holding on to their game controller. i don't have a TV or any other electronics in my current house (i have a baby instead, & am trying to do the whole "no screens until age two" thing), but the spot where most people would put their TV is like two feet from the front door.

all right, boring logic time over! back to the time travel!
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[User Picture]From: road_baby
2014-01-03 01:33 am (UTC)
Nah! That's not being a bore! That's logic! The only reason I figured they had a front hall was because it was in Kristy's 'real, live millionaire' neighborhood. Although, I've lived in plain old neighborhoods and we've had front halls. I've even lived in a sorta mansion (which was ancient and falling apart and in the ghetto so I'm not as impressive as Kristy) that opened up into the living room but it was huge and the sitting area was pretty far from the front door.
That's pretty cool that you're raising your baby away from electronics. My whole family was raised on TV. I in particular was raised on a steady diet of shows and movies and R rated movies. I'd seen more R rated movies by the time I was 10 then the BSC will probably see in their entire life.
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