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Proper technique for holding babies while playing World of Goo.


One of the things I love about World of Goo, besides the fact that you can play it while holding a baby, is that it reminds me of building toothpick-and-pea towers in the third grade. Did every third grader do this? And I said “pea” as in the small, green vegetable. The teacher would soak peas in water and then we’d take toothpicks and stick them in the peas and build huge structures on our desks. Or, at least, they seemed huge at the time. And even though I didn’t know anything about mechanical engineering as a child, I could FEEL the rules as I worked with the toothpicks and peas. Even though on paper it seemed like a square should be as sturdy as a triangle, when I built it and held it in my hands I could feel the difference. And that same thing happens when I play World of Goo. I still don’t know anything about mechanical engineering, but I feel like I might be a mechanical genius.

I drive across bridges and think, “Hm. I could do better.” Especially when I’m driving over that part of the Bay Bridge that fell down during Loma Prieta.

My daughter Lili is also a genius, and she likes the game as well. But that’s mostly because it’s the brightest thing in the room.

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10/20/2008 - 03:23 PM
10/20/08 - 04:02 PM
Rustymonk:

"This is the best game I've played in quite a while. Incredibly inventive, and thanks to the one more level/try campaign, and 'oh-I'll-just-add-these-to-my-tower-before-I-go-ah-shoot-it-fell-again' meta game, nigh impossible to switch off."
10/20/08 - 05:33 PM
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"I'm loving this game, too bad that I had to "clean the fridge" to be able to download it."
10/20/08 - 06:43 PM
Chief Wakamakamu:

"Its a great game. But you named your daughter Lili, Tim? Is she going to grow up to date some guy named Razputin?"
10/20/08 - 08:03 PM
Apple Pop:

"Why don't you just rip down those bridges you drive over and rebuild them using your pea-toothpick magic?"
10/20/08 - 08:18 PM
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"Ah, World of Goo, pure gaming bliss. I gots it for PC!"
10/20/08 - 11:29 PM
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"World of Goo is awesome and might I add, that's a cute little Goo factory you are holding there."
10/20/08 - 11:40 PM
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"The Baby Schafer finally has a name! I can finally stop guessing randomly in the hopes that some cosmic force would plop the answer in my lap in pity.* I'm not actually that pathetic."
10/21/08 - 08:58 AM
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"Gaw, beautiful name for a beautiful girl. My little sister is two years old now, so I know how awesome babies are - and how fixated they seem to be on TVs. The beard is back! Woohoo!"
10/21/08 - 10:17 AM
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"Adorable. Is there some kind of connection between Lili and that other Lili you created in Psychonauts?"
10/21/08 - 05:24 PM
Xbob42:

"Also, no World of Goo-Goo joke, baby in hand? Missed opportunity, man!"
10/21/08 - 07:33 PM
General Balls:

"What?! Someone swapped their heads around! o_O I liked it better when the baby had the beard. :("
10/21/08 - 09:56 PM
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"In his right hand, he has a world of goo; in his left, a world of poo."
10/22/08 - 09:20 PM
themacmeister:

"Where is your sensor bar? Any closer to the screen and you could do it manually :) On a related note, you have that determined look about you - have you scored some OCDs on any levels yet?"
10/24/08 - 07:50 AM
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"I love how serious you look when you play this game. Its like your eyes are saying, "One more level, THEN I change the baby's diaper.""
10/24/08 - 07:00 PM
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"That is an impressive beard, Tim. Almost as impressive as the ability to hold a child and play World of Goo at the same time."
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"At my school we used toothpicks and raisins. On a completely different note, I had a dream last night where I played Brutal Legend. (Strange, since I didn't have anything to base the dream on.) I came across Manny Calavera in the game, and it was awesome. You should give Manny a cameo appearance in the game. For example, there could be a skeleton enemy type in the game, and one particular instance of that enemy could look just like Manny. Just a thought."
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