Tuesday, October 20, 2009

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

It's no secret that Joe and I are, for lack of a better term, giant nerds. We're so nerdy that our favorite game on Wii is Trivial Pursuit. Not Guitar Hero, not Raving (slightly racist (I will explain more in a bit)) Rabbids, not even flipping ROCK BAND. No. Trivial Pursuit. A game that we could play just as easily without the Wii, I guess, but then we might as well light candles instead of turning on a light and churn our own butter and GO LIVE IN CAVES LIKE ANIMALS.

But it's more fun on Wii because of TECHNOLOGY. TECHNOLOGY means flashy lights and fun noises and AVATARS. My Trivial Pursuit avatar is wearing a frog costume. Why? I don't know. Joe's avatar looks like David Bowie and he named it Jowie. You may bask in the awesomeness of that before I move on...

Moving on. I highly recommend this game, especially for nerds who find they have gathered quite a bit of useless trivia over the course of their lives. And it's multiple choice! That makes it so much better than the actual board game because you don't have to grab the answer out of thin air, OH NO, it's right there on the screen, you just have to choose it. NOT ONLY THAT but aside from Classic Trivial Pursuit, you can also play Movie Trivial Pursuit, which is total vindication for all the bits of useless movie trivia I have stacked in my brain. The other night, Joe was playing the SPEEDYQUICK movie version while I packed my lunch and he yelled, "Who played Josephine March in the 1994 version of Little Women?" and I was all, "Winona Ryder!" because that question was pretty much made for me and then I had to stop myself from explaining why Jo should have married Laurie instead of that stinky bear guy, but I stopped myself because Heather! Anne! can explain it better. Anyway, there are questions made for EVERYONE, you guys. Joe got some question about the Oracle and Batgirl that I didn't really understand and he answered it in less than .0000005 seconds. True story.

That's not to say the game is perfect. It's not. I'm worried about playing it too much because I think eventually we'll just have most of the questions and answers memorized. And that's no fun. Also, there is way too much geography knowledge required. NOT ONLY is there a whole geography category but sometimes it will ask some question like, "where is the blah blah blah music festival held," and then show four dots in France but none of them are labeled so even if I knew the festival was in Paris, I'd have no idea which DOT was Paris because geography? Not so much my strong suit. I get lost in my hometown AND NO I'M NOT EXAGGERATING.

Oh, I almost forgot to explain why Raving Rabbids is slightly racist. This is very important, obviously. In every version of the game, there is a part where you have to save a little frog thing from the Raving Rabbids. You shoot plungers at them when they come at you until you get to the end and save the frog thing. It is as ridiculous as it sounds. Anyway, I'm not sure what version it is, but in one of them, you're walking around, shooting Rabbids with plungers and BOOM there are some sleeping Rabbids WEARING SOMBREROS. There is another bit to the game where you have to do something and avoid waking the SLEEPING MEXICAN RABBID. Yeah. I think I remember that the game is made by French people. Do French people hate Mexicans? Oh wait, French people hate everyone...ZING! Anyway. I understand if this makes you not want to play the game, but other than the racism, it's super fun because you get to milk pigs and knock down buildings with the power of your burps and ride cows down snow-covered hills and as far as I know you can't really do any of that stuff in real life.


Joe G. said...

The question that I got on Trivial Pursuit was something like "What superhero identity did Oracle, the leader of the Birds of Prey, formerly use?" I was STUNNED that they asked that question. It's not terribly obscure comic book trivia, but it's obscure enough.

I heart Trivial Pursuit.

Tam said...

I LOL'ed at "Jowie"

We played TP (the regular antiquated version) with PhD's one time and we won. Draw your own conclusions.

Also instead of ZING you should say BAZINGA!

Also, last night Will Weaton was on Big Bang Theory.

Who is Will Weaton? Something tells me Joe would know.

Also, why doesn't someone cool like Taye Diggs or Reese Witherspoon guest star on BBT? WHYYYY!?

Julie G. said...

Wil Wheaton IS cool. Because of the one L. I'm sad that I was giving a massage last night and missed BBT. But I'm glad for DVR and Mike having class tonight.

Oh! and Jowie is fabulous.

Jennie said...

Joe, me too. Can we make Jessica and Aaron play tomorrow if we have time?

Tam, this Trivial Pursuit has really, really hard questions about like...movies in Bosnia or whatever, but then it has really easy questions like, "identify this dance" and it has a picture of a person hula dancing or something.

Julie, I know! I had nothing to do with it, Joe(y) thought of it. I agree about the one L thing, too.

Joe G. said...

Tam, Wil Wheaton is an actor, or was anyway, who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He has since gone on to internet popularity as a blogger.

Julie, let me know how BBT was. I don't watch it regularly, but I want to see last night's episode. I'm sure it's on Hulu or something.

Jennie, absolutely.

Tam said...

Joe the simple fact that you do not regularly watch a show centered around NERDS and COMIC BOOKS boggles my mind.

Jennie said...

Wil Wheaton is also in Stand by Me which is like the best movie ever.

heather! anne! said...

I want to play Trivial Pursuit with you two!

Jennie said...

We can do that, right? Such is the power of the Wii?

(I don't know how to do that, does anyone else?)

mysterygirl! said...

"Jowie" is made of awesome.

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