The Computer Chronicles “Special Christmas Edition” (part 2 of 2)

So what this game amounts to is that you have to pick the words that match a pattern, like “G–“, meaning you have to figure out if a three-letter word begins with the letter G. Paul insists his four year old daughter, if he does in fact have one, has been playing this game for months.

The Computer Chronicles "Special Christmas Edition" (part 2 of 2)

Just buy your kids a plastic bag. It’ll be quicker and more painless.

If the word begins with G, he explains, you hit the space bar, but if you don’t, the word falls into a crude graphic of a trash can. And when you get five matching words, there’s crappy animation of Reader Rabbit dancing. And Paul keeps talking about how stupid and boring this game is, while simultaneously insisting that kids will love it. And all I can tell you is if I got this gift when I was 4 years old, I would have immediately known it was the worst gift I had ever received, and ever would receive for the rest of my life. Reader Rabbit? Meet Dusty Copy of Scrabble. You both will be partying for an eternity in the Back of My Closet Club.

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