Sam Lundquist is a Wheel of Fortune winner with one of the fastest solves in the show’s history. In this Story Mode, he shares how video games (specifically King’s Quest 2) taught him to read, and how a lifelong love affair with the Wheel of Fortune video game prepared him for real-life winnings. Behind the cut, pics and video of Sam on Wheel.
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A few months back, I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in years. I asked him what games he’d been playing recently. He replied, “Well, nothing on consoles. What I’m really into now is pinball.”
I didn’t think much of it at the time, and maybe it was just the power of suggestion, but I began noticing more and more pinball all around me – a few pics on Instagram, a couple of errant tweets, pinball in the background of a sitcom, the suggestion of pinball as deviant behavior in Anatomy of a Murder. A surprising number of pinball references were accumulating in my daily life. How? Why?
Then one day, I was sifting through the Facebooks and noticed a post from a former colleague about Free Gold Watch, a combination print shop and pinball arcade here in San Francisco. Turned out he’d been working there for a while and was part of their pinball league.
I had to know more. Here’s his story…
To me, this episode is all about embarrassment. Playing certain games can be, apparently, embarrassing. Failing at a game in front of strangers, equally, if not more so. All the man hours that have gone into boob physics? Embarrassing for sure.
I cannot, for the life of me, understand why Chris would be embarrassed to play Call of Duty. Sure, the annual release cycle has caused the franchise to drop the ball here and there (:::cough::: GHOSTS :::cough:::), but the game is popular for a reason: it’s fun! FUN, I SAY!
For my part, I got to fail in front of strangers and feel like an asshole while playing Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. Painful experiences all around this week, but they make for an entertaining episode.
In this episode, Chris and I discuss beloved indie roguelikes The Binding of Isaac and Don’t Starve. What’s so satisfying about these punishingly hard games? Beats me! Seriously. The games beat me. Continually. Womp womp. frown emoticon
A brand new episode of the HCF Podcast is now up for your listening pleasure! Do you like video games? Do you like swearing? Do you like hearing people swear while discussing video games? Then, boy, have we got an episode for you!
In this episode, Chris and I discuss Far Cry 4, Far Cry 3, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, and Don’t Starve… cuz, we’re super awesome at keeping things current.
Time for another episode of the Hypercombofinish podcast! In this episode, Chris and I discuss Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, a game you already know I love. What does Chris, consummate Nintendo fanboy think of this Assassin’s-Creed-but-when-it-was-still-fun-also-orcs, open-world romp? Find out by giving a listen below!
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