Nintendo’s Original Game Boy Turns 25 Today!

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(PCM) Gosh…we are really starting to feel our age! Today, marks the 25th birthday of Nintendo’s iconic Game Boy hand-held gaming system. A Japanese firm released the very first 8-bit Game Boy on April 21st 1989 and we are sure no one at the time knew just the impact that it would have on the gaming industry as we know it today.

We remember begging our parents for one of these back in the early 90′s! The Game Boy marked a true revolution in the world of hand-held gaming by allowing players to take their favorite games such as Mario, Tetris and Donkey Kong on the go and there was no looking back ever since.

While Nintendo was not the first company to come up with the idea for portable gaming, both their price point and incredibly popular and addictive games made the Game Boy a must have for gamers and truly helped Nintendo make their mark in pop culture history.

While the Game Boy itself has been discontinued, it has certainly laid the groundwork for the faster and sleeker hand-held gaming consoles that are available today, as well as, many if not all of the smartphone games we find ourselves engrossed in currently.

Nintendo sold almost 119 million original Game Boy consoles when they were initially released and then another 81.5 million of the next-generation Game Boy Advance consoles, which were later launched in 2001.

Sometimes we truly miss the simplicity of those big red A + B buttons and large cross-directional pad, as it makes us want to dig out our original just for old times sake. We are certainly all about embracing technology and moving forward with the times, but every so often a trip down memory lane can be therapeutic. Happy 25th Birthday Game Boy…we still love you!

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Construction Set To Begin On The World’s Tallest Building

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(PCM) Construction is set to begin on the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, which when completed will have the prestige of being named the tallest building in the world.

The planned tower will stand 1 kilometer high and is rumored to have the cost of $1.23 billion to complete. The tower requires 5.7 million square feet of concrete and over 80,000 tons of steel. It is said to trump the current tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai by almost 600 feet.

The planned location for the Kingdom Tower will be in the city of Jeddah which is located along the coast of the Red Sea. There are also plans for a 98-foot terrace that will be placed on the buildings 157th floor.  In addition to the terrace, Kingdom Tower will house a Four Seasons hotel, luxury condominiums and office space.

The tower is the first phase of the planned Jeddah Economic Company’s approximately $20 billion, 17 million-square-foot Kingdom City project, of which Kingdom Tower will be the main focal point.

Definitely one to steer clear of for those that are afraid of heights, but definitely well on its’ way to making the record books once it has been completed.

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Image credit: JEDDAH ECONOMIC COMPANY/ADRIAN SMITH + GORDON GILL ARCHITECTURE

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Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant’s Comedy Sketch Goes Viral

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(PCM) Southwest Airlines flight attendant Mary Cobb has been with the company for seven years and it seems she has mastered the trick to getting passengers to pay attention to the pre-flight safety demonstration.

Her hilarious safety demonstration comedy sketch has gone viral and many passengers are praising her not only for her sense of humor, but also say she is an incredibly caring flight attendant.

“Position your seat belt tight and low across your hips, like my grandmother wears her support bra. Everybody gets a door prize in the seat back in front of you, along with dirty diapers, chewing gum wrappers, dirty diapers, and all the other gifts you leave for us from time to time”, says Mary Cobb in her speech.

“Everybody gets their very own teeny weeny yellow Southwest bikini,” she also says. “One size fits all. To activate the flow of oxygen, simply insert 75 cents for the first minute. If you’re traveling with more than one child, pick out the one that might have the most earning potential down the road.”

You can watch the full video which has been viewed over 6 million times below:

 

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