It’s… FIVE QUESTIONS!!
Today’s list of five questions comes from the guy who revived the craze, gameshowman.
1) Besides Super Mario Bros. 3, Mega Man 2 and Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, name five games I should use to restart my NES gaming collection.
Y’know, I never had SMB3 for the NES. (I just got All-Stars and that was plenty for me.) But in any event:
– Castlevania III (if you can find it) or 1 (an adequate substitute)
– Adventures of Lolo
– Blaster Master
– Either Final Fantasy or Tecmo Super Bowl, depending on your tastes.
2) What’s the best part of working down at the Bike?
Getting tips. 😉
Seriously, though, I like the fact that just about everyone is having fun. Even the majority of people who end up cashing out far less than they originally had are in good spirits. (Of course, they’re far less likely to tip.)
3) Conversely, what’s the worst part?
Credit card transactions. They’re such an incredible hassle. Just to give you an idea of what I have to do when someone hands me a credit card:
1. Check their name/signature against their driver’s license.
2. Swipe the DL through our reader to verify that it’s valid.
3. Run the credit card through the computer and print out the check.
4. Detach the bottom half of the printout and imprint the card against the top of the check.
5. Timestamp and initial the top corner of each half of the check.
6. Have the customer sign both halves of the check and initial the listed fee.
7. If it’s $1000 or more, I have to take the check and both cards to a supervisor to verify and approve.
8. If it’s $3000 or more, I then have to record the person’s name, address, time of transaction and other information into my Negotiable Instruments log.
9. If it’s $3000 or more and the person wants to be paid in cash, I then also have to log the transaction in my Cash Transaction Report, where I have to write down the person’s name, the time of transaction, the amount of the transaction, his race, hair color, height, age, and what clothes he was wearing.
Worst of all, it’s the one type of transaction I’ve done where I have yet to get tipped. In fact, it seems almost invariable that someone will come at me with a credit card just as another cashier is emptying out his/her tip box, a transaction that’s guaranteed to score at least a buck. (And yes, I realize I’m complaining a lot about tips. You have to realize – my paychecks go towards my rent, my car, my insurance and my cell phone; my tips go towards food & gas. Unlike Toppers, where bad/no tips diminished the amount of pocket money I had, if I don’t get $14 in tips a day, I basically don’t eat.)
4) We know you can’t make it to the GSC. Are we at least gonna see you at some of the collateral events?
If my current schedule holds true (which may or may not happen given my time-off needs the following week), it appears that the only event I’d be able to attend is the Thursday night reception. But you can be sure I’ll be there if nothing else.
5) Have you been able to work on your hold’em game at all, and are you getting any better at it?
I did play at one of the Nooner tournaments we had a couple of weeks ago, but failed to make any sort of headway and was swiftly eliminated. At least I can take some comfort in the fact that both times I was all-in (it was a rebuy tournament), I had the best hand going in. Right now, I just don’t have the bankroll to play – I actually considered playing a tournament yesterday, but then I realized that I could spend the same amount of money going grocery shopping, seeing a movie, getting my car washed (something I hadn’t done ever since I moved out here), going to Panda for lunch, and arrow-smashing for a while at the Galleria… or play poker.
I think my major problem when it comes to poker skill is twofold: I absolutely suck at reading people’s hands, and as a result worry that anyone that bets/raises must surely have me beat unless I know I’ve got the nuts or close to it; and second, I just don’t have the gumption to bluff myself. I wish there was an actual class I could take (as opposed to the so-called online “poker schools” that are just free card rooms) where I could develop these skills a bit more, but I probably don’t have the money for that either.
And here’s another quintet from mmxfan:
1: Joe asked you about 5 NES games in order to rebuild his collection, so I’ll change one letter to the question. What 5 SNES games are worth getting to replenish my collection.
That’s much tougher, seeing as A) I haven’t played as many SNES games and B) many of the games that are worth getting are fairly expensive. Still, I’ll do my best.
– Final Fantasy III (natch)
– Super Metroid
– Zelda: A Link to the Past
– Super Mario Kart
Well… that wasn’t so hard after all.
2: I know we don’t see eye to eye on the Seattle sports scene, but should I even care about the teams, even if they are doomed to failure for the next couple of years?
Believe it or not, you and me are very much in the same boat when it comes to the Seattle sports teams. I’ve never been a fan of the Sonics (I didn’t like Shawn Kemp), and I’m pretty apathetic about baseball so I don’t root for the Mariners. (If they somehow made the World Series, then sure, I’d cheer them on, but it’s not as if I’d be personally invested in their performance.)
I don’t think anyone should be contractually bonded to root for a team just because you live in a particular town. (I got into the ‘Hawks myself more because my mom was a fan before I made the hometown connection.) The only thing I’d suggest is that if you do decide not to root for the home team, don’t be an ass about it. For many people, being a fan means belonging to a group of people who all share the same hope, however trivial. Rubbing it in their faces when their team fails is not a way to make friends.
3: What is so attracting about Dance Dance Revolution and it’s several knockoff games?
It’s incredibly addictive. The premise is so diabolically simple, and yet when you get on the platform, you feel as if your left and right legs switched places. Eventually you reach a point where your brain just gets it, where the arrows coming up no longer appear as individual steps but as definitive patterns. That’s when you get hooked – there’s such a variety of songs on each machine that you feel compelled to try them all.
4: I’m looking to expand my TV on DVD collection after my MASH and Titus shows are completed, can you suggest some shows that are worthwhile?
Well, first off, I don’t know if you’re a MST3K fan or not. If you are, then that’s an obvious choice; if not, I still recommend getting one of their better DVDs (Manos, Monster A Go Go, etc.) and giving them another try. Beyond that, there aren’t and non-cartoon shows I can think of. (On that front, Volume 1 of Animaniacs comes out in July. I’m definitely going to pick that one up.)
5: Is it kosher for anyone under 21 to be working in a casino?
I don’t believe so, considering you have to be at least 21 to play.
Thanks to Joe for getting the ball rolling. As for the rest of you, if you want me to send five questions your way, let me know. I merely ask that you return the favor.