Happy 25th birthday to Game Boy and its creepy advertisements

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Yesterday, one of the most influential pieces of technology in the gaming world celebrated an important birthday— the Nintendo Game Boy turned 25 years old. What once started as a black and white brick that could only play Tetris has developed into an interactive gaming experience. Because of the Game Boy’s legacy, Nintendo went on to create the Nintendo DS, a touchscreen version of the Gameboy that can access the internet, play music, and even take pictures. Thanks to Nintendo, thousands of kids can now search for porn play against each other around the world from the palms of their hands.

The Nintendo Gameboy has become a mainstay in modern gaming, and has a rich history. Throughout the last 25 years, the different versions of the Gameboy have sold over 200 million units. What a lot of people may not know is that during these 25 years, there have been over 700 games created for the original Game Boy, 450 for the Game Boy Color, and an astonishing 1000+ for the Game Boy Advance.

Another thing that Nintendo came up with are a ton of weird, obscure, and even creepy advertisements for the Game Boy. These are our two favorites:

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If you have ever played a handheld game, you can probably thank Nintendo. The Game Boy has been instrumental in creating an entirely new industry. Here’s to another 25 years.

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The 10 events you can’t miss from this weekend’s Brown 250th kickoff celebrations

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In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen the gigantic crane operating in front of University Hall, Brown is kicking off its celebration of its 250th year this weekend. The University has set up a ton — well, a quarter ton in some cases, but more on that later — of programming. Way too much for a hung over busy Brown student to get to, so we’ve boiled down this absurd brochure of events into a nice top 10 to guide you through the weekend, presented in (mostly) chronological order:

1.  Jim Kim ’82’s keynote address. The current president of the World Bank and former president of Dartmouth should have plenty of wisdom to drop on us. 2:30-3:50 p.m. in Salomon 101. Tickets are sold out, but you can still watch on a live stream. Worst case scenario, we get this:

2. “The Brown Difference” premiere. This film, directed by Oren Jacoby ’77, P’17 and Betsy West ’73, P’17, will probably be about how Brown is different from other schools. Look for mentions of student activism, and open curriculum, and naked people carrying donuts. Hopefully it doesn’t stray into these obnoxious stereotypes. Curtains up at 5 p.m. in Sayles.

3. Cake. I don’t know how to explain this so I’m just going to come out with it: There is a 600 pound cake in the shape of University Hall coming at us. It’s 3 feet high and 5 feet wide. My God. The cake cutting will take place on the Faunce steps at 6:30 p.m. Friday night.

4. Fireworks. Students in Hope and Slater have been asked to ditch their dorms for the event. We don’t know what exactly is in store, but that leads us to believe that whatever it is is going to be REAL. The fireworks are part of the same extravaganza as the cake, at 6:30 p.m. on the Faunce steps.

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BEHIND THE HEADLINE: Heraldsphere

On February 14, 1995, The Brown Daily Herald gave the University a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day gift: itself.

It’s been 15 years since we graced the Internet with our presence, first appearing as a long-shot dream called “Heraldsphere.” On that fateful day in February, we received 15 site visits at www.theherald.org — and a legend was born.

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