You Can Now Play Classic Video Games On Your Phone, Old Man

Old school games make new school appearance

If there’s one thing old people love it’s stuff to make them feel young again.

Let me be the first to break it to you, dear child of the 80s: you are old as dirt. Sure, you still rock a sweet graphic tee and may even have (most of) your hair, but you also have kids, a mortgage and a strict 10:30 bedtime or you will be cranky AF in the morning. But just because you’re old (and again, you are), doesn’t mean you can’t play the games of your youth.

Best of all, there’s no need for a frustrating search through all that newfangled hulabaloo in the app store, Mashable did the work and found the “9 Classic Games You Need On Your IPhone.”

These games are guaranteed to bring back fond memories from when you were much cooler. Or could, at least, stay up late, playing stupid games.

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The first computer game many of us had as kid tricked us into learning about American history and asking questions like, “what the hell is dysentery?” Basically, if you didn’t die on the Oregon Trail, you won. It’s just like your everyday life now, old-timer! Except, your minivan is even less bad ass than a covered wagon. And instead of dysentery, it’s probably just high cholesterol. Happy trails!

Simplicity was at the heart of many early cellphone games. Simple to learn, but a lifetime to master. And you convinced yourself you would master them! Snake was the ultimate phone game before your phone was a tiny computer in your pocket. Pretty much all your stupid phone did back then was make and receive calls, and play this one inane and insanely addictive game. Now you’re pissed when someone dares call you, instead of texting. The good news is, you can ignore them while you play Snake.

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I’m not sure what’s wrong with Mashable, but Pac-Man should have been number one with a Power Pellet on this list of classic games. Pac-Man is THE classic arcade game. As soon as you hear the music a wave of nostalgia hits. You can practically feel the stack of quarters in your fingers and the worn carpet under your feet as you eat or are eaten by ghosts.

As for some of the other games on the list: Battleship and Clue weren’t even computer or arcade games when you were a kid. They were board games. Why were they included, let alone the number one and two picks?? Whoever wrote the Mashable list is probably as old as you are. They must have gotten winded and just threw two extra games onto the list. Also, ignore their coloring book selection. If you’re going to get an adult coloring book, get this one with lots of fun curse words and actual paper.

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The point is: you’re old, but you can still have a good time. Go have a nice warm cup of tea (not too hot!) and play Snake or one of these other classic games. Keeping your mind active and stimulated will keep you feeling young.

Even though you’re really, really, REALLY old.

Artist Wife Illustrates The Drastic Ways Her Husband’s Life Changed After Kids

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Chen Weng, an illustrator who goes by the name The Messycow, has created a series of comics showing just how much things change when one becomes a father.

Which do you relate to most?

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Check out more from this series on The Messycow’s Facebook page and website.

Dad Dinosaur: Prehistoric Reunion

Dad Dinosaur’s high school reunion is fast approaching, but will he be able to win the big dance contest – or are his moves stuck in the past?

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Father Figures: Risky Business

“As the garage door closed behind me, I heard a muffled whimper.

“What is that?” I wondered. Another whimper and I noticed eight fingers on the lid of one of the garbage cans in the corner. I spy a set of eyes, then a nose and finally my oldest son’s face.

“I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean it.”

“What happened? Where is your brother?” No answers, just sobbing.

He moped toward the door and I followed him into the kitchen. I half-expected to see CSI investigators hovering over a chalk outline.

We walked around the corner by the refrigerator, and only then did I see his brother and allow myself to take my first breath. Then I saw a hole in the drywall the size of a young boy’s torso.

They had been running & sliding, in their stocking feet, across the marbled kitchen floor. Obviously a bit too exuberantly! I was relieved that they were both okay, but I still mustered enough anger to quash any future escapades.

Each blamed the other, of course. I used to say I couldn’t always tell when my kids were lying, but I could always tell when they were telling the truth.

If that makes any sense to you, I’m guessing you’ve raised at least two boys.”

  • Ron Fuller

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Son Surprises Ailing Dad With Tickets To College World Series

Father’s Day is a special time to celebrate your old man, and show him how much you appreciate the role he’s played in your life all these years. Especially since, as we get older, our dads do too, and they may not have many Father’s Days left.

Matt Lea recognized that this Father’s Day, and so went out of his way to make it a memorable one, for both him and his father, both former college baseball players who bonded over the game as Matt was growing up.

Matt’s father Billy suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, and the symptoms have been accruing rapidly. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for more memories, and Matt used the latest Father’s Day as an opportunity to do just that. The 36-year-old drove 12 hours, from Florida to Mississippi, and surprised his parents at their doorstep on Sunday.

He was bearing gifts as well, bringing his dad the jersey of his favorite baseball team, Mississippi State. But that wasn’t all. Matt brought tickets too, to see the College World Series in Omaha in person.

In video of the exchange that Matt posted on Twitter, his dad was clearly taken by surprise.

“I figured it’s probably not good enough just for us to watch the game here,” Matt says in the video as he produces the tickets. “How about we go to Omaha? Do you want to go up to Omaha and watch the College World Series together?”

“Golly,” an emotional Billy responds. “You’re gonna break my heart, here.”

Matt’s gift for his dad received a rapturous response from Twitter, where it’s been liked 46,000 times and retweeted 11,000 times.

Matt seemed as surprised by the response as his dad was by the gift, as everyone who celebrated Father’s Day yesterday knows, there’s nothing better than sharing meaningful memories with your dad, which is exactly what Matt did. An article on Omaha.com details Billy’s baseball past, the initial diagnosis of his Alzheimer’s, the VIP experience Matt treated him too over the weekend.

Matt’s Twitter account showcased the rest.

Happy Father’s Day!

Amazing Street Artist Uses Everyday Objects As His Canvas

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Artist Tom Bob doesn’t see the world like other people. Where you and I might see sewer grates or metal pipes, he sees ghosts and saxophone players.

Check out some of the amazing ways he’s transforming parts of New York City into works of art.

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Check out more of Tom Bob and his unique artwork here.

Father Figures: Heroes

“On February 2, 2011, my daughter was born. The whole thing started pretty normally about 2:30 am or so, my wife woke me up and said, ‘Honey, it is time to go,’ so we went to the hospital in a snowstorm.

That was the easy part.

When they put the belly monitor on her they noticed that the babies heart rate would drop to low whenever my wife would have a contraction. She needed emergency C-section, but the doctor could not make it due to the storm, and when he finally arrived it was rush rush rush!
Well when my daughter Emily did arrive, she had internal bleeding throughout her body, which included two grade 4 brain bleeds. We could not touch her because she would bruise and start bleeding.
They had to life-flight her to the university, where she spent 5 1/2 weeks in the NICU, which left her (you may want to sit down) deaf/blind, with hydrocephalus, a shunt, cerebral palsy, and seizures (at age 6, she needed a baclofen pump because her CP got too bad to handle without it). She is doing great today. She is happy, loves life, and everyone who meets her says that she makes their day and she is beautiful.
To pay back our little community, I became a first responder, mostly a firefighter, but I did help with EMS. Never got my certification, but that is where I found out that in the U.S. we do not have any training for first responders to deal with children with special needs.
I have made it my personal mission to teach first responders about kids with special needs.
I have taken to Emily to every EMS/Fire station in the five counties around me. I have taken her to the police and sheriff’s departments to train them, and now I have a waiting list to get trained.
I don’t know if I am the hero here, but I needed to tell the story.”

– Mike Kuyper

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Low Cost Cosplay Guy Makes The World A Better Place

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Anucha “Cha” Saengchart, the genius behind “Low Cost Cosplay,” has amassed millions of followers with his incredible reimaginings of famous fictional characters.

Whether you’re planning on portraying your favorite anime character or a Marvel superhero, this guy can show you how to do it effectively and on a string budget.

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Can’t get enough? Check out more creative cosplay on his Facebook page.