Baffling Brain Teasers by Philip J. Carter

By Philip J. Carter

A follow-up name to Alan Wareham's "Brain Teasers", with over a hundred brain-teasing questions graded from effortless to very tough. The authors have additionally written "Take the IQ try out" and "Take the IQ problem" sequence.

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The year was 1980, and the Atari 2600 was selling so fast that Nolan Bushnell and company had a hard time keeping up with demand. They were making games as fast as they could for the 2600, and gamers were gobbling them all up. All of them! Then Atari made a big announcement that Space Invaders would be coming home on the Atari 2600 for the first time ever, and fans lined up. Atari doubled the number of consoles in the world, and it looked like there was no end in sight. By this time, Bushnell had been running the company for nearly ten years, and he was ready to move on.

To this day there is a dedicated group of players that both write and play interactive fiction, and take it from this old game designer, it’s a great way to learn how to design games. Oh, and to learn how to write fun and entertaining fiction. You should give it a shot sometime. I promise, it’s not as dangerous as lurking in a dark cave being hunted by a grue. In Call of Duty: Black Ops, you can earn the achievement “Eaten by a Grue” by sneaking around until you find an antique computer terminal and playing Zork.

Turns out it didn’t take an engineer to see what was wrong. Pong was shown in the 2008 Disney film WALL-E. The two main characters, WALL-E and EVE, are shown in front of the game, and later on, WALL-E plays the game by himself in one of his many attempts to awaken EVE from her sleep mode. Inside the homebuilt cabinet, Alcorn had rigged a milk carton to catch quarters. There were so many quarters jammed inside that Pong had stopped working. Alcorn emptied the quarters into his tool bag, turned Pong back on, and walked out with a huge grin on his face.

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