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August 7, 2013

asteroidsHaving played my share of Asteroids (see left), I am somewhat sympathetic to NASA’s plan to bring a small asteroid to earth orbit for study. The Republicans oppose it. I suspect mostly because Obama is president. The Onion predicted that, and Mother Jones has the send up.

While the game Asteroids was a bit of exercise in eye-hand coordination, it got boring after one could rack up unlimited play for a quarter. Tempest was better. Its authors figured out an easy way to make the game progressively harder: take away more and more of the visual elements, as you progressed through rounds.

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