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The ABCs of Gaming

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And to wrap things up today, here's "The ABCs of Gaming," from a t-shirt design contest at Shirt.woot.com. The contest closed this week. The latest on the site shows another shirt claiming 2nd place in this derby so, who knows, maybe it won. I'm sure the ordering information will follow.

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For now, take a long look and see if you can name all 26. I can name about 19 offhand. There's a spoiler solution after the jump.

The ABCs of Gaming [shirt.woot.com]

A: Asteroids

B: Bomberman

C: Contra

D: Donkey Kong

E: Excite Bike

F: Frogger

G: Galaga

H: Halo

I: Indiana Jones (kinda cheating, but OK)

J: Joust

K: Katamari

L: Luigi

M: Megaman

N: Ninja Gaiden

O: Oregon Trail

P: Pitfall

Q: Quake

R: Rayman

S: Super Mario

T: Tetris

U: Ultima

V: Virtua fighter

W: Warcraft

X: X-Men (also a little cheaty)

Y: Yoshi

Z: Zelda

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DISCUSSION

Yeah, uhh, "Super" Mario? I don't think so, no way.

They could've used "S" for Sonic, or Solid Snake, and between Mario and Megaman, definitely Mario. They should've put Link in place of Luigi — he's just a sidekick after all. They could've done a better job incorporating the old, and the new — they shouldn't hesitated to represent GTA, after all who remembers Galaga, anyway? I think I know the more culturally significant of the two, without a doubt is GTA. Half-Life or Halo? I think narrowly goes to Halo, but there might be a little more contemplation needed for that. Oh, and one more thing, what's the deal with Frogger over Final Fantasy? Major problem there.