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Monday, November 01, 2021

Today’s little girl isn’t quite as attached to her dollies as her forebears were. The solution for toy manufacturers? Make their plastic pals bigger:

Girls are ditching dolls at younger ages than ever — often by their seventh birthday party, manufacturers say. Companies such as Disney and MGA Entertainment are coming out with dolls at heights of 18 to 21 inches this holiday season and designing them to look like pre-teens, not babies or adults. These dolls are meant to be played with as companions, to give modern girls a few more years of fantasy play.

It seems like a stereotypical American response — add quantity instead of qualitative improvements. Does making the pretend playmates (somewhat) truer to life really make them more appealing to kids?

I shudder to think where the toymakers got this idea. Because I suspect it sprung from observing the ultimate in life-like doll play (obviously not amongst little girls).

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/01/2021 11:58pm
Category: Business, Society, Women
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I was never a fan of Nintendo’s Super NES console.

But I did like There Will Be Blood quite a lot.

Therefore, I guess I’d have grudgingly appreciated an improbable 16-bit videogame adaptation of the epic historical drama:

A bravura pixelized re-creation of the culminating bowling-pin murder scene. I’m sure Daniel Day-Lewis gladly would have compromised his artistic integrity to make this cartridge-based iteration happen! Although I’d have liked to have seen more milkshake action.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/01/2021 11:22pm
Category: Comedy, Movies, Pop Culture, Videogames
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