​8 Throwback Games We All Played On Our Computer Time In 2008

​8 Throwback Games We All Played On Our Computer Time In 2008

Throwbacks are good for the soul.

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Back in the days when "computers" was still an entire class, free time at the end was always the best. Recently, I've gone back and played a few of the games I always turned to and they were still just as great as I remembered them to be.

1. "Bloxorz"

This game involves turning blocks strategically to fit them into a hole to win the level. I remember there was always that one kid in class that was a Bloxorz legend and he'd secretly pass along advanced level access codes so us peasants could know how the other half live.

2. "Coffee Shop"

This game makes you the owner of your own coffee shop where you set the price, recipe, and buy the supplies. I remember getting unreasonably angry at the townspeople not liking the disgustingly sugary mix I made. They just didn't appreciate the art I was serving up hot.

3. "Lemonade Stand"

This game is the Coffee Shop of lemonade, except more bad things happened to your supply stock. After playing that game for a while, I was ready to go into extermination to get the ants away from my sugar myself.

4. "Webkinz"

Webkinz, for those who lived under a rock in the late 2000s, was an online game that you got access to from buying real stuffed animals. You could then take your stuffed animals online and play games and build houses and do just about anything with them in the online world. I had way too many of these boys and way too hardcore of an addiction for Polar Plunge.

5. "Papa's Games"

These, by far, are and were my favorite games. You were a worker in some sort of restaurant (they came out with tons of different varieties of restaurants like tacos, pasta, pizza, burgers, cupcakes, sushi) and you got to take the orders, cook and prepare their food, make sure it looked good and send it out. As the games went on, there were more cool things that you could do with the game. You could get upgrades to make food prep easier, decorate the lobby, dress up your character and server, play minigames to win prizes, and celebrate holidays for tip bonuses. I'm really hooked on Papa's Scooperia right now which is a cookie sundae shop.

6. "World's Hardest Game"

This game really was the world's hardest. I think I got past the first level maybe a few times ever. The object is to safely get your little icon across a minefield of danger. It's really hard and I remember being overwhelmingly frustrated by it.

7. "Sugar, Sugar"

In this game, you have to draw lines to guide falling sugar into a mug. I had a lot of fun with this one and remember thinking I was pretty darn good at it because I could get to some high levels. Looking back, it really isn't all that hard to draw a line to a cup.

8. "Snake"

This is an absolute classic of a game. You play as a snake that can't hit itself that's trying to eat something. You get longer with each thing that you eat and the challenge increases. You can play this for hours and get plenty frustrated over and over again.

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21 Signs You're A Catholic School Kid

You can't imagine how stressful it was for me to pick a different outfit out every day.
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As someone who went to Catholic school from pre-K to twelfth grade, going to a non-religious college was like entering a foreign country. Here are the 20 tell-tale signs that you are hands-down a Catholic School Kid.

1. You knew the same 30-60 people for the majority of your childhood.

When a new kid transferred into class it was equivalent to the wonder and awe of Christmas morning. Finally, a new kid who doesn't know how weird I am and might want to be my friend!

2. You knew summer was over when your mom dragged you to Flynn and O'Hara's for a new uniform because you grew another inch and didn't fit into your old one.

It was probably more painful for the younger siblings who were going to receive "hand-me-downs" anyway and had to just sit there in boring agony.

3. Dress down day was equivalent to New York Fashion Week.

Once a month (but a week when you got to high school) you were blessed with a dress down day. This meant that you needed to donate a dollar and whip out your cutest Delilah's or Kohl's graphic T-shirt, blue jeans, and Uggs. It was also one of the few days you could paint your nails and not get in an obscene amount of trouble for it.

4. The best days were on Holy Days of Obligation.

When you had school on Ash Wednesday, All Saints Day, or May Crowning, you had to go to mass with the entire school. This meant you spent half the day in church and the other half eating lunch and reading a book because your teacher didn't feel like teaching for an hour.

5. Getting to play Mary or Joseph in the nativity skit was the biggest battle/honor of your Catholic School career.

Everyone wanted to play Mary or Joseph. Basically, if you weren't the teacher's pet or your mom didn't e-mail the teacher ahead of time begging her to let you be the star, you were stuck being a shepherd or an angel (or in my little sister's case, the sheep).

6. You knew you were the popular kid when you were asked to read at mass or bring the gifts up during communion.

7. You genuinely had no idea that religion class wasn't offered at public schools until you stopped going to Catholic school.

It honestly never clicked in my brain until I met my friends who went to public school that this was a thing.

8. From 7-8th grade, your friends had birthday parties that were like the school dances, but you didn't need to leave room for the Holy Spirit.

9. You only shaved your knee caps because your knee highs covered all of your legs anyway.

This became super convenient in high school.

10. When you got to high school and there were more relaxed rules about wearing makeup and nail polish.

Admit it, you felt like a total rebel/ beauty queen.

11. You probably went to some lake resort in Pennsylvania for your eighth-grade dance/field trip and thought it was cooler than prom.

12. Your school was either called St. [enter a saint's name], Our Lady of [enter adjective that has something to do with Mary], or Bishop [enter Bishops name you've never heard of until you actually went to the school].

13. When your teacher made you sit in boy-girl order at mass you would nearly pass out because it meant you could possibly be blessed to hold your crush's hand during the "Our Father."

14. The American flag and the cross would be hung up next to each other in each classroom because after morning announcements you would pray and then say the Pledge of Allegiance.

15. Catholic Schools Week was the sh*t.

For one whole week you would get to watch the most athletic kids in your class battle it out in scooter hockey, the smartest kids play Jeopardy against each other, and then eat pizza and ice cream on Friday to celebrate. But the most coveted event of all was watching the 7th vs. 8th-grade basketball game which was more important than the Super Bowl and the Olympics combined.

16. Drama got around really quickly.

I literally watched a rumor be whispered around the classroom like a game of telephone once. You can only trust your ultimate BFF with a secret. If you told anyone else, your news would be spread to your entire grade by recess.

17. Your most accomplished year was the second grade when you learned how to write in cursive, went to confession, and received your first holy communion.

18. You learned never to leave valuables in your desk over the weekend because the CCD kids will 100% take it.

19. You became overwhelmed when you got to college because it wasn't socially acceptable to wear the same outfit every day.

You can't imagine how stressful it was for me to pick a different outfit out every day.

20. The kids on your block thought your family was super rich because you went to private school, but you actually weren't because Catholic school tuition is super expensive.

21. You're still best friends with the kids you went to Catholic School with.

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'Animal Crossing' Festivals, Ranked

The video game "Animal Crossing" has a lot of in-world festivals. A lot of them are fun, a few lacking. Here they are, ranked!

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Although I've played every edition of "Animal Crossing" that's been released so far, I'll specifically be sticking with New Life for the purposes of this list because it's the one with the most features and also my personal favorite game in the franchise!

1. Your Character's Birthday

Chances are that you gave your player the same birthday as you gave yourself, so that's a cool real-world parallel. All of the villagers in town, as well as your player's mom, will send you gifts and you get a birthday cake! Your favorite villager will even come and visit you personally to take you to their house for a surprise party!

2. Toy Day

Toy Day is the "Animal Crossing" version of Christmas, and it's pretty fun. You get to dress up as Santa Claus and give presents to the villagers, and then Jingle the Reindeer will appear and give you presents as well!

3. Festivale

Pavé hosts the event in the Plaza. You get to play minigames and receive furniture! Also, the game is coded so that the weather will always be sunny on Festivale. It's a bit similar to real-world Mardi Gras, and it's great!

4. Bunny Day

Similar to Easter, Zipper T. Bunny will appear and give the character furniture in exchange for eggs that are hidden around your town. Personally, I like the egg-hunt game more than I like the appearance of the furniture itself, but it's the thought that counts. Also, Zipper T. Bunny, although kind, is a bit creepy. He's clearly another character in a fursuit, but we have no idea what character it is.

5. Weeding Day

Weeding Day is basically work disguised as a holiday, but it does have a decent number of redeeming factors. First of all, Leif will tell the player exactly how many weeds are left in town so that the player has an idea of how much work they have left to do. Second, you do get a prize at the end: flower furniture!

6. Fishing Tourney

The Fishing Tourney is hosted by Chip. The objective is to catch the biggest fish and/or a specific type of fish. It's a lot of fun the first few times, but sadly, it can get a bit repetitive after a while!

7. Bug-Off

The Bug-Off is similar to the Fishing Tourney, except Nat hosts it and asks you to catch rare insects. The only reasons why I prefer the Fishing Tourney to the Bug-Off (slightly) is because 1. bugs creep me out and 2. the bug festival is a bit harder in my opinion.

8. April Fool's Day

On April 1st of each year, Blanca will appear and then disappear into one of the villager's houses and impersonate them. The player must find out who is real and who is fake.

Don't get the wrong idea from this one being the last on the list! I still really enjoy it, even though Blanca is creepy. However, my one major complaint lies in the fact that it's based almost completely on luck or prior knowledge, unless you cheat to look up the questions that the player/Blanca will ask you.

It doesn't feel as much like a "game" as the other festival minigames do. That being said, it is pretty cool that you can get the villagers' photographs if you guess correctly!

Although there are a few other in-game festivals, these are the ones that I think are most well known, as well as the ones that I participate in the most. There aren't any festivals I dislike, but there are some that I'd like more if certain things were added.

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