The Famous Frisbee Game

The Frisbee has a rather humble beginning that started on a college campus in New England. It was there that a group of bored, hungry college students learned that they could turn the empty pie plates of their favorite sweets into flying discs for playing catch. The pies were produced by the Frisbie Baking Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut and were packaged in lightweight tins that had a small lip and were surprisingly aerodynamic.

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The Frisbee name was first put on a flying disc in 1957 when the founder of Wham-O noticed the popular toy on college campuses and decided to get in on a new market. Today, nearly every flying disc is casually referred to as a Frisbee. 

The activity of taking to the campus lawns and passing back and forth Frisbie pans became so common that eventually 2 business partners took note and started producing similar discs in plastic. The new plastic discs had better accuracy and lasted longer than the pie tins from the baking company. The first plastic discs were released in 1948, around the same time as the public started becoming preoccupied with UFOs. The flying discs had a similar shape to a UFO which caused them to skyrocket in popularity.

The original discs were called Pluto Platters in an effort to cash in on the popularity of UFOs. This design became the basis of all future Frisbees. In 1955, the Pluto Platter design was sold to Wham-O who later began producing them under the name of Frisbee. The name change was a marketing ploy to cash in on the unusual history of the toy.

Sales of Frisbees skyrocketed before eventually tapering off when electronic toys started to dominate the market. As kids became more sedentary, sales of outdoor toys slowed. A revival in the early 2000s and renewed interest in vintage games like Frisbee golf and ultimate Frisbee brought the Frisbee back to life. Today, the Frisbee design is owned by Mattel Toy Manufacturers. Before being bought by Mattel, Wham-O sold over 100 million of the discs to eager children throughout the country.

As medical science points to the growing list of hazards brought on by excessive television watching in children, resurgence in popularity of outdoor, non-battery operated toys is occurring. Parents are introducing their children to toys like the Frisbee that promote physical activity, fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Frisbee games are still popular on college campuses and even schools are cashing in on the fun, inexpensive toys by adding them to playground caches.

The simple, inexpensive Frisbee is once again becoming a childhood staple. Parents, kids, college students, aunt, uncles and even grandparents can all enjoy the simple design and humble story of one of America’s greatest toys.

Super Soaker – Recreational Water Toy

Super Soaker water guns are made by Hasbro under the Nerf brand. The toy was invented in 1982 by an engineer named Lonnie Johnson, but was not put into mass production until 1989. They were originally sold under the name Power Drencher, but were later rebranded to Super Soakers in 1991 after a series of TV advertisements. That year over 2 million of the guns were sold.

Super Soaker sales peak in the summer months when children are looking for a way to be entertained outdoors while remaining cool. To date, more than $1 billion dollars’ worth of Super Soakers have been sold throughout the world. The brand has enjoyed such popularity that the term Super Soaker is now often used to describe any type of water gun.

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While on the surface the Super Soaker may look like a toy, to a child, it is much more. Many childhood disputes have been solved over the years with an epic Super Soaker battle. Kids in neighborhoods often group off into armies and take their water fights to the streets where they battle it out for bragging rights.

As a result, the Super Soaker brand has released bigger, better guns over the years. The water reservoirs become larger and the pumping mechanisms become more efficient. The goal is always to maximize soakage while minimizing the physical work needed to drench the opponent. Each model of Super Soaker is carefully engineered and tested to meet the strict demands of 9-year-old warlords

In recent years, Super Soakers have seen a renewed surge in popularity, despite the increase in anti-gun sentiments. Though some say Super Soakers encourage violent play, parents see the toys as the anti-screen. They force children outdoors and to interact with one another in real time.

To help alleviate outcry from the anti-gun movement, Nerf makes sure that Super Soakers are always painted bright colors and are not shaped like actual guns. Though they share some components, like a trigger, it would be very difficult to mistake a Super Soaker for an actual gun. Most parents agree that the benefits of social interaction and outdoor play outweigh any negative aspects of a gun-like toy, so it’s safe to say that the Super Soaker is here to stay.

The Game of Life

Because the Game of Life has been around for so many years, nearly every adult alive today has played the game. Depending on when you grew up and who you played with, memories may range from fond to traumatic and everything in between. There are two classes of Life players, those that play to win and those that use the game as a sort of crystal ball in which they can determine their future.

 

The game simulates the typical journey through life, starting with college, ending with retirement and touching on everything in between like jobs, marriage and children. The game is for 2 to 6 players. The modern version of the game was first released in 1960.


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Many a sleepover was spent with a group of girls squatting around a Life board fighting over who was married to the cute boy in school and who was married to the weird kid with the body odor and bad teeth. Of course the first girl to get married in the game was supposed to somehow be the first one to get married in real life too. What was intended to be a friendly board game quickly turned into a death match meat market when played by 4 teenage girls.

If you weren’t daydreaming about Mr. Right and how many peg children the two of you would have, you were probably playing with a different goal in mind: world domination. Winning at the game of life somehow ensured your success in the real world. After all, if you could look past the marriage cards, peg kids and awful plastic sedans on your way to college and a new job, you could probably look past any other obstacle that would hold you back from becoming a successful CEO once your voice changed and you moved out of your parents’house.

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If you’re contemplating having a throwback night and breaking out the Game of Life, here’s the key to success: Do everything the way you probably didn’t do it in real life. Forego college, since your starting salary will be based on luck rather than education anyway. Spin the wheel and make your way through the board. Collect your salary a few times and pick up LIFE cards as you go.

After you’ve collected your salary a few times, you’ll have the chance to make some real life decisions, like taking on a mortgage, getting married and having kids. If you’re one of the people that got a low salary initially, fear not. Kids are not out of the question. There are cards in the stack that say things like “exchange salary with another player”. Worryingly enough, the game allows players that accumulate too many kids to exchange said kids for cash. Some might say this too mirrors real life.

At the end of the game you’ll count your cash and determine the winner based on how much money they have. Again, ignore the adage that money can’t buy happiness and all that. In the Game of Life, your net worth basically determines how successful you were at the game.

The real lesson that the game teaches you –if you’re the type that looks for a lesson in everything – is that money can’t buy happiness. While the winner of the game is the person that has the most money, they’re probably not the happiest player. They sold their soul (and probably their kids) to get the cash needed to win. It’s funny how different nostalgic games from your childhood can be when you view them through the eyes of an adult.

Sony PlayStation 2 is the most successful gaming system of all time

Justice League Sony Playstation 2- TheGameWizThe Sony Corporation’s line of PlayStation consoles are the most popular and bestselling video gaming systems of all time. When the original PlayStation came out in December of 1994, it quickly became a fierce competitor to the consoles made by Sega and Nintendo. By the time March of 2000 came along, Sony released the PlayStation 2. This was the next installment in their PlayStation series, but it was more than just a typical gaming console. It also had the capability of playing DVD movies in addition to playing games. Not only that, the PlayStation 2 was the first system to introduce backwards compatibility.

 

This allowed PlayStation 2 users to play their PlayStation 1 games on their PlayStation 2 consoles. The very idea of doing this was something very attractive to gamers who wanted to play both sets of games on one console. Gamers could even place the PlayStation 2 console vertically upright instead of just horizontally flat. Sony later released other versions of the PlayStation 2 that were smaller, lighter and slimmer. These updated versions of PlayStation 2 helped contribute to its worldwide success.

NASCAR - Sony Playstation 2 TheGameWizTo this day, the PlayStation 2 holds the record for bestselling video gaming console of all time. In 2011, it was confirmed that over 150 million PlayStation 2 units were sold worldwide and over 1.5 billion copies of games produced for the system were sold. Because of its popularity, Sony manufactured the system from the year 2000 up until the year 2013.

 

This was a total of 13 years, which makes it the longest running video game console ever produced. During the same generation, the Nintendo Gamecube only lasted 6 years and sold 22 million consoles. The Microsoft Xbox had a 7 year run and sold 24 million consoles. When you crunch the numbers together, this shows that PlayStation 2 actually sold 109 million more consoles than Xbox and Gamecube’s total sales combined.

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t forget that PlayStation 2’s successor, the PlayStation 3, came out at the end of 2006. It still took a whole 7 years after PlayStation 3 came out for the PlayStation 2 to finally stop being manufactured. When the two systems were competing against each other between 2007 and 2009, PlayStation 2 was still outselling the newly released PlayStation 3 by a 4 to 1 margin.

 

Many gamers and critics believe that PlayStation 2 was popular in the beginning because of all its advanced new features. Then by the time PlayStation 3 came out, the PlayStation 2 was already priced around $99 and was still very affordable to people. Plus, there were still new games being made for PlayStation 2 all the way up until 2013. So people who owned the old system were still getting a new selection of games to purchase at the store well after PlayStation 3 came out.

 

Films Based on Video Games

You often hear about video games based on films, but how often do you hear about films based on video games? Believe it or not, there are plenty of examples that you are probably less familiar with or you have forgotten about. For example, do you remember the Super Mario Bros film from the early 1990s starring Dennis Hopper and Bob Hoskins? There was so much hype over that movie when it came out because Super Mario Bros was a popular Nintendo game franchise. Unfortunately, the film failed to live up to the expectations of fans who loved the video games of that franchise.

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However, it used to be quite common for films based on video games to disappoint those who were fans of the games. Some more examples of this from the 1990s were Double Dragon, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. They were very popular video games franchises, but the films failed to capture the magic of the games.

Raider starring Angelina Jolie came out in 2001, it grossed over $270 million at the box office. That is quite a lot of money for a film based on a video game. Critics claim that Angelina Jolie was the primary reason why the movie did so well, and they may have been right. On the other hand, fans of the Tomb Raider franchise have always liked the idea of a female adventurer and they may have wanted to see that brought to the silver screen. Either way, it was a very successful movie which even had a sequel made two years later.

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The success of Tomb Raider quickly inspired a flock of other video game based films to be made. There was Resident Evil in 2002, which was based off the zombie horror video game series. The movie grossed over $100 million at the box office and surprisingly spawned four sequels, with a fifth sequel already in the works. Horror movies based on video games seemed to be popular in the 2000s. Some more examples of this are Alone in the Dark, Doom, Silent Hill and House of the Dead.

Now days you can pretty much expect films based on video games to be a common occurrence. If the films are not live action then they will most likely be cartoons or CGI films. The computer animation technology of the modern age makes it easy for filmmakers to create these kinds of films, which is why you see so many more of them today. In fact, there is even a movie coming out in 2016 based on the popular mobile phone game Angry Birds. This goes to show you how much films and video games coexist in the modern age.

Raggedy Ann and Andy

The design for Raggedy Ann was patented on September 7, 1915. The doll design was turned into a series of stories in 1918 and in 1920, Raggedy Ann was joined by her male counterpart, Raggedy Andy.

 

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There are few people alive today that can’t recognize the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Though today’s youth haven’t grown up with the stories the same way that their parents did, they still know the red yard hair and triangle nose as being one of the Raggedy Ann siblings. The dolls are often given as toys and special edition dolls are collected by fans of the red-haired siblings.
The story of Raggedy Ann’s creation is about as glamorous as her dress. The doll was created when the designer drew a simple face on an old hand-made rag doll. The name inspiration for the doll was complete chance as well. The designer pulled a book of poems from his bookshelf and flipped to “The Raggedy Man”followed by “Little Orphan Annie”. He combined the names to come up with Raggedy Ann.

 

The designer’s daughter succumbed to what was believed to be a side effect of the smallpox vaccine shortly after receiving the doll. The Raggedy Ann doll then became a symbol of the original anti-vaccination movement, which is gaining traction once again today.

Even though Raggedy Ann lacks a glamorous past and is associated with one of the most highly controversial movements of modern times, parents and grandparents continue to give Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls to their children and grandchildren to play with. Today’s children see the dolls as nothing more than a toy as the popularity of the books have diminished.
Raggedy Ann and Andy don’t do anything special. They are simply rag dolls. Their lack of flare is part of what makes them appealing to parents and kids. They beg to be used during imaginative play and because they aren’t battery operated, they’re great for bringing in the car or for playing with quietly in the evenings. The twin red heads can attend tea parties, visit the beach, go to grandmas and come back for a movie all without breaking a sweat.

Unfortunately, it is becoming difficult to find the doll in stores as the tainted association of the doll to the anti-vaccination movement grows stronger. Stores are hesitant to sell the dolls as to not align themselves with a cause. Many parents that disagree with the movement have removed the dolls from their homes.

There are few toys as inadvertently controversial as Ragged Ann and Andy. The dolls may look harmless on the outside, but once parents start looking into their history, they soon find there’s more to Raggedy Ann than meets the eye. Despite their lack of bells and whistles, Raggedy Ann and Andy are two of the most interesting and longstanding toys on the market.

Play-Doh

 Play-Doh comes in a rainbow of colors and is inexpensive to buy. Since it was first marketed to kids, Play-Doh has enjoyed immense popularity.

 

Play-Doh has an interesting history. The compound was originally created in the 1930s and was marketed as a wallpaper cleaner. The semi-tacky surface of play dough easily removed dirt, dust and grease from wallpaper without leaving any residue behind. The original recipe used flour, water, salt, boric acid and mineral oil. However, children soon got hold of the cleaning mixture and began using it for imaginative play. Parents liked that it was non-messy, inexpensive and fun for kids. The makers of Play-Doh realized the potential, added color and began selling to children. By the mid-1950s, Play-Doh found its way into the Cincinnati school system and was being used as an educational toy.

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Play-Doh has an interesting market niche. It’s nostalgic, but modern. It’s collectible, yet disposable. For less than a buck you can get a tub of the colorful compound and create anything you can imagine. There are play sets that go with Play-Doh so you can create ice cream or hair or just about anything else you can think of. The people that collect Play-Doh (as strange as they may seem), will pay a lot of money on auction sites like eBay for the original accessory sets or even some of the more modern limited edition sets.

Regardless of how you classify Play-Doh in terms of modern or nostalgic or anything in between, the doughy mixture remains one of the most popular toys in the world. Not only is it a toy that parents buy for their kids, it’s also a toy that schools buy by the ton. Play-Doh can be used to foster imaginative play or to teach lessons about everything from fractions to fine art. Play-Doh is obviously non-electric, but more impressively, so are the play sets that go along with it. For parents that try and force their kids to unplug from time to time, Play-Doh is a top contender in the toy aisle.

 

Of course, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. Almost every kid knows the crushing heartbreak of opening a tub of Play-Doh that wasn’t quite sealed right and finding a dry brick of crushed dreams. You see, if Play-Doh isn’t sealed perfectly, it quickly dries out and becomes an unusable (and quite sharp) mass of color. For parents, it’s wise to keep a couple backup tubs of it handy for such an emergency.

 

Because Play-Doh is so cheap to buy and so much fun to play with for kids of all ages, it’s likely that it will continue to be one of the top selling toys of all time. Kids growing up today will likely look back and tell their own kids about how they used to shape the dough into fake hamburgers, loch ness monsters and more. It’s remarkable to think that what was once a wallpaper cleaner has become such an iconic part of childhood.

 

The Simpsons Monopoly Welcome to Springfield Board Game!

Children, parents and kids-at-heart can all enjoy this collectible take on a gaming classic: The Simpsons Monopoly Welcome to Springfield Board Game!

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The Monorail now runs through the eccentric town of Springfield in a strategic race to dominate the board! Purchase and re-sell your favorite locations from the show in the town of Springfield – such as Moe’s, Barney’s Bowl-a-Rama, the Kwik-E-Mart, and the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant!

Enjoy the same thrilling game play of classic Monopoly with an animated twist! Make deals, take risks and aim to dominate the board, all in the familiar town of Springfield! The humor that’s been long associated with the show follows suit in the game – integrating familiar faces and locations with the same basic strategy! With several collectible pewter tokens (including Kang the space alien, Blinky the 3-eyed fish, Bart riding his go-cart, Homer in a Monorail conductor costume, Santa’s Little Helper – the famous family dog and Jebediah Springfield), fans of the show are sure to be excited!

Strive to become the new multi-millionaire in town (so long, Mr. Burns) by accumulating monorail stops and stations on Simpsons-themed properties (such as Krustylu Studios and in-show landmarks). Unique ‘Chance’ and ‘Community Chest’ cards offer up even more sly references and cartoon likenesses of your favorite characters! The cultural references and humor of the show may be jam-packed, but the educational value of playing strategic board games remains constant. Children can have loads of fun while learning – a sneaky trick every parent should have up their sleeve!

This is a must-have for any Simpson’s collector – but casual fans can enjoy a great centerpiece for your next game night or party! Fun, referential and highly enjoyable, The Simpsons Monopoly Welcome to Springfield Board Game is an excellent addition to every game collection (recommended for ages 8 and up)!