Fill in the blank in the first picture with a variation on a famous quote related to the second picture.
It was the 1980’s. The American gaming industry was cashing it in. Arcades were everywhere and Atari ruled the roost. However it all went belly side up in 1983. This was due to a lot off reasons- Atari not crediting its designers, bad business strategy, but mainly due to badly made identical games flooding the market with no way of telling which were good. There were landfills in the New Mexico desert where unsold consoles and cartridges were dumped and paved over. Sales went down from 3 billion to 100 million in 3 years. This never risked gaming as a medium as this was uniquely an American phenomenon, but it did kill the American console gaming industry for 2 years.
Then something happened in 1985. A company hitherto unknown in the states released a system that looked like a VCR as the cartridge was loaded through the front, and came with a robot like toy and another one that looked like a gun and a game about an Italian plumber.
And the rest as they is history.
What was this system and why am I asking this question today?
The seal of the U.S. state of Virginia depicts the figure of Virtue standing over the fallen figure of Tyranny, with her foot on Tyranny’s throat and a quote underneath thus leading to one of the oldest jokes saying that it really means “Get your foot off my neck.” The quote is however attributed to Brutus, who supposedly said it after assassinating Caesar.
John Wilkes Booth also said it after assassinating Abraham Lincoln.
However Virginia did send a letter to Washington condemning his use of their motto.
Also, the guy involved in the Oklahoma bombing was arrested wearing a t-shirt with this quote.
Excerpt from a Yes Minister script. Which famous person wrote it?
PM: Yes. It’s all very simple. I want you to abolish economists.
JH: [Mouth open] Abolish economists, Prime Minister?
PM: Yes, abolish economists ….. quickly.
SH: [Silkily] All of them, Prime Minister?
PM: Yes, all of them. They never agree on anything. They just fill the heads of politicians with all sorts of curious notions, like the more you spend, the richer you get.
JH: [Coming around to the idea] I see your point, Prime Minister. Can’t have the nation’s time wasted on curious notions, can we? No.
SH: [Sternly] Minister.
PM: Quite right, Jim. Absolute waste of time. Simply got to go.
JH: [Uncertain] Simply got to go?
PM: [Motherly] Yes Jim. Don’t worry. If it all goes wrong I shall get the blame. But if it goes right – as it will – then you’ll get the credit for redeploying a lot of underused and misapplied resources. Probably get promotion too.
SH: [Indignantly] Resources? Resources, Prime Minister? We’re talking about economists.
PM: Were, Sir Humphrey. Were.
JH: [Decisively] Yes Humphrey, were. We’re going to get rid of them.
PM: Well, its all settled then. I’ll look forward to receiving your plan for abolition soon. Tomorrow, shall we say? I’d like you to announce it before it all leaks.
JH: [Brightly] Tomorrow then, Prime Minister.
PM: Yes. Well, go and sort it out. Now, Sir Humphrey ….. what did you say your degree was?