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5:28pm on Wednesday, 24th January, 2018:

Popular Games


Every year, I give my second-year students six old-time games to play, in order that I can ask examination questions about them. The games are Pong, Frogger, Zork, Rogue, Asteroids and Tetris.

Also every year, I ask the students what games they liked the most. Here are the results, from most-popular to least-popular:


Almost always, the first three games are Tetris, Asteroids and Frogger. This year, they received 16, 15 and 14 votes respectively (from the 19 stalwart students who had managed to arrive in the class at 9am). Almost always, the other three are way, way behind them: they received 6, 4 and 1 this time round. Only once, in 2015, was there any deviation from this: the students put Zork one vote behind Tetris.

Personally, the game I've spent most time playing from this list is Rogue. That shows how in touch with the youth of today I am...

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