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09.19.2007

Redefining Wine Geek

sommelierDS.jpgWhen I was a kid, there were two things I liked to do more than anything else: read, and play video games. I was pretty broke as a kid, so I got my fix at the local arcade with the few quarters I had left from my paper route after buying a bag of Jelly Bellies. That is, until a generous family friend got me an Apple IIe computer and I could then spend my weekends blissfully trying to avoid being eaten by a Grue.

Flash forward twenty years and I'm far too busy blogging and running a company to play video games. Even when I wasn't quite so busy, I never managed to succumb to the PS3 - XBOX - Wii universe that some of my friends regularly frequent these days. You can play online pokies games on these devices while having a glass of vine as these pokies games are free to play online.

But that may all have to change now that there is a wine drinking game for the Nintendo DS. Of course, it's in Japanese; is only available in Japan; and is really for wine beginners. But no matter. The convergence of wine and video games may be too much for my weak will to resist.

Once a geek, always a geek. Though hopefully with slightly better taste these days.

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Thanks to Arthur for the tip.

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