You Pushed Pause Didn’t You?

You all used to play Super Mario Brothers on NES, didn’t you? Did you play two player? Do you remember how it alternated turns instead of letting you play at the same time so after you got frustrated dying you had to sit, bored, and wait until the other player died? Did you ever help that along?

After all, either player could pause…even if you weren’t playing. If the other player jumped over a chasm, you could pause the game mid-jump. Do you remember what that made happen? For some reason, Mario’s momentum would be gone when the game was unpaused.

Regardless how easily Mario would have gotten across pre-pause, Mario would go straight down, sink like a stone and die, if you hit pause mid-jump.

Man, that used to really piss off the other person…but you did it, didn’t you? At least once? Come on, you can admit it. We’re all friends here. I know I’m not the only one.

I’ve seen other people do it too.


About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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