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Connecting Donkey Kong to Phone Calls

July marks the 33rd anniversary of Donkey Kong which, along with Pac Man the year before (1980), not only revolutionized electronic gaming, but global entertainment …

In a world of faceless Space Invaders and Pongers, Kong brought sophisticated graphics, storytelling and characters (Mario!) while Pac-Man capitalized on the hilarity that is road rage-fueled cannibalism …

Electronic gaming is the world’s dominate entertainment form, conservatively generating more than $50 billion in revenue and cultivating thriving industries in North America, Asia and Europe ….

Though electronic games are often seen as emblematic of a new economy, the greatest seller, at 143 million copies, is Tetris, developed in 1984 in the old Soviet Union …

By comparison, the greatest selling music album, released in 1982, is Michael Jackson’s Thriller, with a paltry 42 million copies sold …

Jackson was the subject of his own video game, Moonwalker, released in 1989 and featuring the Smooth Criminal rescuing children and grabbing his crotch …

Moonwalker was a target of pirating which, according to Japan’s Computer Entertainment Suppliers Assn., accounts for more than $10 billion in lost revenue annually, mostly on mobile devices, i.e. phones …

A California jury recently awarded Apple $119 million in a patent battle with South Korean android manufacturer Samsung over alleged pirating of smartphone features …

The award was far less than the $2.2 billion Apple sought. Company founder, the late Steve Jobs, had said he would spend everything Apple had in the bank, about $40 billion, to “destroy android” …

A recent survey by comScore found that playing games was one of the five most popular activities for cellphone users, along with downloading apps, texting and accessing social media …

Not in the top five: phone calls …

Guitar Picks of the Globe

Picks are where musician and instrument connect. Industry leader Dunlop connects musicians around the world, including …

FRANCE

Adherents of Le Hot Jazz play even le hotter with Dunlop’s Ultex Jazz III; durable, light and sharp.

ENGLAND

Dunlop’s iconic Gold Herco Flex 50, pretty much rock’s Rosetta Stone, has been favored by the likes of Jimmy Page and David Gilmour.

SEATTLE

Dunlop’s Tortex, which applies friction to strings, was the pick of choice for Grunge’s Mt. Rushmore: Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

NASHVILLE

The Nickel Silver thumpick is an Opryland mainstay, favored not only by guitar players but adherents of the banjo and pedal steel guitar.

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