The Stark Simplicity of Hungry, Hungry Hippos

Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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5 Responses

  1. atomickristin says:

    Great piece!!!Report

  2. DensityDuck says:

    I was watching Overwatch on TV the other day, and I realized that I could barely even tell what was happening, and I *play* the game. I’m no top-flight awesome dude, but I at least have an understanding of the characters and the goals, and I tried to imagine how I’d explain that to my dad, and I had no idea how I’d do it. How someone would even comprehend the *action*, let alone *why* all those characters were doing things, or why it mattered that while both Zarya and Hanzo had their ults ready, the other team had Baptiste.

    People complain about American football being boring, but it’s also simple. These dudes have the ball, they want to go down the field, these other dudes don’t want that to happen.Report

  3. Jaybird says:

    There are people who argue that the middle finger is best for Hungry, Hungry Hippos. Others argue for the index finger.

    Personally, I find that the middle finger is best for when there are dozens of marbles and the index best when you need a precise strike.Report

  4. Silver Wolf says:

    A stand up comedian once quipped, “The new video games are too complex. I prefer the old games. You do the same things over and over again and it gets harder and harder until you die… Just like life”.

    The Civilization series is, for me, a good example of complexity levels. The first one was relatively simple and great fun. The second one added a bit more complexity and is, IMO, the best of the bunch. The third one added a ton of complexity and I felt it was unplayable. I also put an emulator on my machine just so I could go back and play Masters of Orion 2.

    There really are times when you want to play a game or watch a show or read a book that is uncomplicated and leave your brain on a shelf for a while.Report

  1. March 9, 2020

    […] Our friend Michael’s piece on the eponymous-hippopotamus game of slapping a lever as hard and fast as you can to grab a bunch of marbles you really don’t care about other than to deny them to your opponent and win is pretty much how folks are using media today. Firstest with the mostest is sound military strategy, and is how you win Hungry, Hungry Hippos, but doesn’t work that well in the cosplay real life of the interwebs. Some folks ascribe Machiavellian plans and biases to “the media” but for the most part it’s folks under pressure just banging their hippo hard and fast so that their outlet gets the marble before the three competitors on equal footing get it first. Some folks ascribe everything from opposing political parties, to Russia, to Soros, to the Koch bothers for everything they see on social media, but mostly its just folks pounding that “send” button as hard as the focus-group tested kids in that commercial were. […]Report