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Monday, April 25, 2011

Plans for "All-Positive Monday VII" - Using an Old Madden Mini-Game as Inspiration

What is this madness? A double post?! I promise it won't happen often (unless you all like it?) but I wanted to mention plans for the 7th "All-Positive Monday".

Sometime in the '90s, I played a version of Madden NFL for the Super Nintendo. Played it to death. There was this mini-game for when you made your own player in the game that set the player's intelligence. The "coach" would give a pattern of directions like "left" or "up" and you had to push that direction on your game pad. It would go like:

1st set: Left
2nd set: Left, Up
3rd: Left, Up, Left
4th: Left, Up, Left, Right
10th: Left, Up, Left, Right, Left, Down, Up, Down, Right, Up

And so on until you miss one and that ends the game and sets your player's intelligence rating.

So what does this have to do with Wally?

I plan to work on directions in a similar manner. It's like the "Rapid Cues" game mixed with the "Directions Game" I mentioned in the one-and-so-far-only Gameday Tuesday.  I probably won't do it exactly like in the Madden game at this point, but perhaps it can be something of an inspiration for coming up with something.

Also, I plan to do some blind retrieves which will require him to use the directions to find his way to the hidden treat (or I may use his dumbbell instead).

So if all goes as planned, tomorrow will be filled with working on directions.