Waggle dance is a term used in beekeeping and ethology for a particular figure-eight dance of the honey bee. By performing this dance, successful foragers can share with other members of the colony, information about the direction and distance to patches of flowers yielding nectar and pollen, to water sources, or to new housing locations. What appears to be a random swarming mass of life may actually be intelligent behavior.
“Today, adult women represent a greater portion of the game-playing population (31 percent) than boys age 17 or younger (19 percent).”
When we first got an SNES in our house I was young (about 6) and Link to the Past was out, but we couldn’t get it in stores so we rented it instead. This was before walkthroughs and before the internet was as common as it is these days.
My mother and I would play Link to the Past constantly trying to figure out the many puzzles and trying to beat the game together before we had to return it. We made it all the way to the first dungeon in the dark world to a dead end room with an eyeball statue in it and couldn’t, for the life of us, figure out what to do.
After many attempts at trying many different things we gave up and had to return the rental with our save file on it and kind of forget about the whole thing for awhile. A couple of months later I ended up getting the game for Christmas, from Santa, and when I loaded the game up there was only one file on it with the name Santa on it as well.
Turns out Mr. Claus had completed the game all the way up to the point we were stuck, finished the puzzle we were stuck on, and left a note in the game box saying I had to shoot the eyeball of the statue with an arrow.
Santa may have gotten all the credit back then – but now – all these years later, I know who actually put in all the effort of creating the gift of a file where I left off… On top of the gift of the game itself.
My mom is awesome, I’ll remember it forever.