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Mar. 30th, 2008

08:31 pm - Bing Bang Boing

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http://www.boingboing.net/2008/03/30/1972-ideal-bing-bang.html

I had this toy when I was a little kid! I, um, never actually played with it, though. Well, I did, but not as intended. I recall being more interested in the shape of the launch ramp, the action of detaching and reattaching the ramp base, and the way the geartooth-shaped feet of the Humdrums fit together than in actually trying to make balls bounce through the air. I think it seemed too difficult for me. How are you supposed to know where to put the drums? What if you put a drum in the wrong place and a ball misses it? OMG FAIL! The idea of "trial and error" simply hadn't occurred to me.

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From:deckardcanine
Date:March 31st, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
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And when I blew most of my savings on Mousetrap, I didn't play it as a game. I didn't want to have to wait for an instruction to set the trap in motion, let alone wait to put the whole thing together. And when I got tired of the trap itself, I found other uses for the individual pieces, especially the mice. (Never had that problem with Fireball Island or Tornado Rex, tho.)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 31st, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
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Same here!
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From:nefaria
Date:March 31st, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
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There were four kids in my family, so pieces went missing from Mousetrap in no time. There was a jungle obstacle course that managed to last a lot longer because it had very few detachable parts.
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From:wolflahti
Date:March 31st, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
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Interesting. They are trying to equate the new concept game to such classics as the Teddy bear and Mousetrap--with the clear implication that Bing Bang Boing will exhibit a similar effect on the cultural marketplace--but I've never heard of it.

Sic transit gloria mundi, I guess.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 31st, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
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Yeah, every time a company invents a toy, they *hope* it will last as long as the teddy bear. There's no way to predict whether it will or not.
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From:ex_sonjaaa
Date:March 31st, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
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Have you played the Phun game yet?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 31st, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
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Nope. It doesn't require Java, does it? I think my browser is buggy with Java.
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From:ex_sonjaaa
Date:March 31st, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
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http://phungame.com/
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From:orv
Date:March 31st, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
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I don't remember ever seeing this as a kid, but I would have immediately wanted it. I had a fair amount of fun with Marbleworks, though.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 1st, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
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That would have been cool!
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