Saturday, February 12, 2011

Gaming Reference: NOVA scienceNOW

This is a peculiar place to see video games represented. Besides perhaps a psychological study, there isn't much scientifically that has been done on video games. It's always about the violence... blah blah blah. So I was surprised as I was watching the latest episode of PBS' NOVA scienceNOW program with the great Neil deGrasse Tyson. In the first segment he was testing a dog who knew the names of 1,000 of its toys by name. They were showing the pile of toys that the canine had, and I noticed a particularly familiar head peeking out... can you find it?

Did you find it?


He's missing a plunger.


and he's hiding his bad hair day.


Yeah, Mario! It's a Mario Plushie being used in a scientific way, as a dog's toy. Also, I highly recommend this program. It's always interesting, gaming reference or not.

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