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BANANA TIME
A PUBLICATION OF ACAC ACADEMIC COMPUTING ADVISORY COMMITTEE,
BANANA TIME IS PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY, FALL & SPRING.
SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR BANANA TIME TO WIGLEY@CANISIUS.EDU.

 

NAME: ADJUNCT PROFESSOR SETS GLOBAL RECORD!
DESCRIPTION: Global Record for Video Game Ownership
PURPOSE: Console Games
OS: Atari, Coleco, Odyssey etc.
PRICE: PRICELESS!
SOURCE: Various
BANANA RATING: 5 Bananas out of 5 Bananas

RATED BY: Charles J. Wigley III, Communication Studies

HOARDERS BEWARE!  This issue of Banana Time tells a technology related human interest story.  An adjunct faculty member for the past decade, Mr. Michael Thomasson of Communication Studies’ Digital Media Arts Program has just earned the distinction of owning the greatest number of video games in the world!  The collection includes one of only three versions of the Atari prototype (that include the machine’s interior components), an Apple based “Bandai Pippin” machine (the at-mark Japanese version), an Odyssey in its original case (including its physical tokens) and more than 16,000 games that play over some 108 game systems!

 

Mike Thomasson with a small fraction of his collection!

Mike Thomasson with a small fraction of his collection!

Mike has been writing software and designing games for these systems for years.  Readers may want to read more and view pictures of Mike with Al Alcorn (PONG’s inventor), Nolan Bushnell (Atari’s  founder),  and Ralph Baer at http://www.gooddealgames.com/Staff.html

Mike’s degrees from Purdue University and Savannah College of Art & Design, as well as his propensity to favor Console over “desktop computer style” games, has brought great enthusiasm and knowledge to his courses in video game history and design.  Thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge and efforts to build on tradition, the console industry will continue to survive.  Long live Space Invaders!
-CJWIII

 

BANANA TIME is the namesake of an article by the late Donald F. Roy.  Roy said (p. 166) that his “…observations seem to support the generally accepted notion that one key source of job satisfaction lies in the informal interaction shared by members of a work group.”  Roy, D. F. (1959).  “Banana Time” Job satisfaction and informal interaction, Human Organization, 18, 158-168. A free downloadable pdf of the article appears at
http://64.6.252.14/class/377a/Readings/roy-bananatime.pdf