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I wouldn’t be surprised if, when 2020 is over Dodo Airlines will have flown more hours than most, if not all, airlines around the world.

It’s not even about how much or how far DAL has flown, they have provided outstanding service and have never, not even once, been late or delayed my flights.

One thing I have to ask, is simply this: How the hell do these guys make money? It’s not cheap to operate and maintain an aircraft, but I don’t recall ever having to pay, except in Nook Miles which I get for free anyway.

Orville is always manning his counter, ready to be of service anytime and always does so with a smile. I’m pretty sure I saw him playing on his NookPhone once, but that’s easy to overlook with his dedication and efficiency.

Wilbur is a great pilot, I don’t think it’s very easy to fly a seaplane. Sometimes, he overdoes it with the aviation jargon, but I have to give him props for his attention to detail – things like changing the callsign Whiskey to Whisker, to keep things family friendly of course. Another one I liked was playing on the saying, “let’s kick the tyres and light the fires” with “catch some bees and chop some trees”. True airmen, the both of them.

I write this article in jest, but there is a thread of truth here. The worldwide aviation industry won’t be the same post-covid, and while I find it heartening to see a little bit of aviation culture recreated so faithfully in a videogame, I do hope you’ll spare a thought for all the airmen and women out there as you make use of DAL’s services.

“What Would Dodos Do?” I still can’t figure out the answer to that question.

If you had showed this to me when I was 10 years old and told me it was a game, I would never have believed you.

It’s my birthday tomorrow, and I couldn’t help but marvel a little bit at how far we’ve come with technology. I’m not writing about anything in particular today, just reflecting on my interaction with technology and video games over the years.

Computers were once upon a time something mysterious and amazing, something few people had at home. Now you have computers many times as powerful as what was available then, and we all carry them around in our pockets.

We spoke about video games like Tomb Raider and Soul Calibur at school, read cheat code books cover to cover and rented games from the video store. Everyone had skateboards and now everyone just has bad knees.

I remember ads for Final Fantasy Tactics in my comicbooks. I wish I still had all of them! They were great.

I was there for Pokemania, kids were carrying around GameBoys. I remember learning about Missingno., the rumored “Pikablu”, and the rumor that Mew was under a truck in one of the cities. Nobody ever had a link cable. We went to the local mall where the comic store held Pokemon TCG tournaments, and did the same for Magic: The Gathering a little while later. I remember playing Pokemon Gold on a borrowed GameBoy by torchlight under the covers and falling asleep in class because I stayed up too late.

I remember reading about the PS2 in gaming magazines and wondering how it could possibly be better than the PlayStation I already had. I remember watching The Matrix in cinema.

I am glad I was there for all of that.

I remember Y2K, the Millenium Bug, and how the world was going to end. I remember going to bed at 2am on 1 January 2000, the world very much still intact.

Sony entered the handheld market with the PSP. Microsoft entered the console market with it’s Xbox, and Sega was nowhere to be seen. Maybe at the arcades.

I remember Doom 3 pushing the envelope graphically at the time, with few of my friends PCs able to run it.

I remember Limewire, the early days of youtube, CDs were the most common media. USB was coming in as a much better solution.

I remember the 360 with it’s revolutionary wireless controllers, The George Foreman-looking PS3 coming soon after the Nintendo DS, the latter coming with Nintendo’s assurance that Gameboys were not going anywhere. I remember Skyrim convincing me, at last, to buy an Xbox 360.

The Wii came in by storm, and there were nearly 400 Pokemon. The OG Red and Blue were being remade. I remember Gameboys being discontinued. Some time passed, and there were now various iterations of the DS, with a successor announced soon after that.

I remember the absolute marketing failure of the Wii U, followed by the PS4 and Xbox One. It didn’t take long for rumors to surface that Nintendo was planning to can the Wii U, but these weren’t going to come true for some time. VR, a childhood dream, was beginning to become a reality.

And now, in 2020, we await a new generation.

We live in a time where we have unparalleled access to information, and I’m glad to be here for that too. Video games have never looked so good, nor have they been so immersive as they are today.

This is only getting more accessible as faster internet coverage becomes more widely available. I look at my gaming setup today, just as I looked at my PlayStation back in 1999, and wonder how much better it can get?

If the improvements in technology over my lifespan is anything to go by, I expect technology to keep surprising me. In some ways, it scares me but at the same time, it’s rather exciting to witness these strides as they are taken.

It’s true that the current situation around the globe will probably trip things up a bit, and it really sucks to celebrate my birthday in isolation, but we are fortunate to have these things and to be connected in this way. I think it’s something that can give us hope.

It’s impossible to guess what the future holds, but for you, dear reader, I hope it holds good things beyond your wildest dreams.

To everyone here at TAY, and elsewhere, I hope you all stay safe and healthy. I hope we can all witness this bright future together. What do you hope for?

Tetris is one of the most enduring games I can think of, having played many versions and bootlegs of the game in my life. The one dearest to my heart, by a long shot, is the Tengen’s soviet-themed version of Tetris.

Not a word of a lie here, folks. My grandma was a gamer. She would spend hours playing Tetris much to the dismay of all of her grandchildren who wanted to rather play, or at least watch someone play something like Twin Bee or Super Mario.

Usually, we were chased off to play outside, but could watch quietly as she expertly arranged the tetrominos, progressing to levels far higher than we could ever hope to achieve.

None of us disliked Tetris, it was fun to play but rather boring to watch kind of like some RPGs.

I didn’t even know other versions existed on the NES until much later in life, when I discovered that Nintendo had their own version. Even now, when I think of Tetris, I think of this awesome title screen depicting fireworks over the Kremlin. (I also didn’t know what that was until later in life!)

The title theme was pretty cool, as were the various songs you could choose as a backdrop to your game. I still remember them to this day!

Once you scored a certain number of lines, you would level up and the game would get faster, but before you started the next level your stats were displayed while you were treated to some little dancers who would come out and celebrate your progression. I think this could be skipped, pressing a button would make them immediately take a bow and leave.

There was also a VS mode, where you and another player could compete to see who got the most lines.

My grandma had her NES until well into my teen years, when we were all playing PS2s she was still playing Tetris. Not because she had no other games, it was her favorite. I’m pretty sure she played Tengen’s Tetris until she passed away in around 2006.

That’s all I really have to say about that, but I want to recommend watching Gaming Historian’s The Story of Tetris. It’s quite fascinating how convoluted the licensing of Tetris got, with companies like Atari, Nintendo and others – up to half a dozen different parties – all after the rights to the game.

What was your favorite version of Tetris? Was your grandma a gamer? Hit me up in the comments if you enjoyed this article, and feel free to do so if you didn’t as well. Thank’s for reading!

Giants of the South African rock and heavy metal scene, this song formed part of the backbone of playlists in alternative nightclubs across the country, it’s a powerful song that is ingrained in the minds of Gen Xers and millenials who would sing along with the hook at the top of their lungs at every show.

I remember the first time I watched this band perform at a high school, I was pretty young at the time and I think it was one of the first times I experienced live bands. It was a few years before this breakout hit, because by the time this song came out they were playing much bigger shows and it was a lot more expensive to see them live.

This particular song brings back so many memories due to it’s relative popularity. It’s still a great song, I think, but what do you think? Am I wearing rose-tinted shades?

Most probably I am, but what the hell, kick back and have a listen to a lonely song on a lonely Sunday in quarantine.

To all those who are working as essential services, I salute you. To all those who are back at work, I hope you are safe, and salute you all too. It’s scary out there!

What is this heresy? As if pineapple on pizza wasn’t divisive enough, the good people on the TAY Discord for some reason think it’s a good idea to put spinach on pizza. Here are my thoughts.

I do believe a topping can make or break a pizza. There has to be a delicate balance between the flavors and one topping cannot overwhelm the other – olives, for instance, if used excessively make the entire pizza taste like a big olive. Bananas are a no-go, although some genius decided that banana is a good idea on pizza but not only does it make the entire pizza taste like banana, cooking bananas turns them into a gooey mess.

I have nothing against bananas or olives, in fact I love both of them, just nowhere near my pizza.

Spinach, fortunately, doesn’t really have a strong smell or taste and when cooked properly has a pleasing texture.

The other toppings I used were as follows:

  • Vegetarian sausage (cut it while it’s frozen)
  • White button mushrooms
  • Rosa tomatoes
  • Zucchini (Courgette if you prefer)
  • Fresh basil
  • Mozarella cheese
  • a little white cheddar

I had planned to add black olives but forgot to prepare them so that didn’t happen, and neither did the sprinkling of feta cheese which would have complimented the slight bitterness of the spinach.

Honestly, spinach is one of those toppings that doesn’t stand out too much yet adds a distinct feeling of healthy dining to the pizza. I also like how the green makes it so much more colorful, it even looks like it’s not mostly junk food which is a big plus.

I wouldn’t add spinach to every pizza, but I’ll definitely be using it a little more often.

Since Aikage is one of the main advocates for spinach on pizza I will use his rating scale and give this a solid 5/7 Furbies.

How do you feel about spinach on pizza? Are there any other strange toppings you would recommend? Hit me up in the comments!

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