Laser Time – Worldwide Hits That America Hates


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60 thoughts on “Laser Time – Worldwide Hits That America Hates

  1. Going back to toys, growing up, I remember Action-Man being a big thing in Ireland and the UK. It was pretty much the boy version of Barbie’s BUT WITH MORE GUNS! and bad-ass accessories. This was how they were able to advertise GI Joe toys outside of America. To picture what Action-Man looks like think Archer mixed with Timothy Dalton’s James Bond and add a couple of scars on his face. Here are the mega ultra 90’s commercials for the king of toys.

    1. On a related note, in the 80s they used the Action Man spin-off Action Force to introduce the GI Joe action figures into the European market. They went to the trouble of editing the cartoons to use the Action Force name (while leaving all of the other GI Joe references intact) and reimagined the characters’ backstories to make them into an international team instead of “Real American Heroes”.

  2. I’m baffled by the fact that the biggest movie in the UK in 2008 was Mamma Mia by a landslide. To make matters worse, this year bought us The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Quantum of Solace, WALL-E and Indiana Jones and the Flying Fridge of Doom. Mamma Mia creamed them all.

    Can’t beat ABBA apparently.

  3. One I lived in Japan one of the weirdest things that I noticed was that the show Prison Break is weirdly popular in East Asian. When ever I asked someone from Korea, Japan, or Taiwan what their favorite American shows were, Prison Break would always come up and they couldn’t believe that it was nothing in America. Also, Dragon Quest is indeed still a huge deal.

  4. Wait, is Aristocats not a popular Disney movie? I grew up in America and that was one of the VHS’s me and my sister watched all the time.

  5. As someone from the Chicago land area that is traditionally pretty Catholic, I think Rudy is a lot bigger of movie than many other places. Partially due to Notre Dame’s proximity and popularity with Catholics, but I also happen to be from the town where Rudy went to high school so I’m sure that amplified it. I don’t think I grew up knowin anyone who hadn’t seen Rudy; I probably watched it at no less than 10 sleepovers growing up. Rudy and Joliet Jake (and I guess Prison Break but who cares) are the only two things I have that can identify where I’m from to people where I go to college, and most haven’t seen either.

    I mentioned this on the Facebook community post about local drinks but Green River soda is big here around St Patrick’s day. I’d be interested to know if it made it down to southern Illinois back when Brett was living there?

  6. Barcode Battler!! I had one of these, in the U.S… I remember being so psyched about it as a 10 year old weeb in like 1995; the art was reminiscent of the plastic SD Gundam models I bought at the local comic shop. Despite my enthusiasm, it did not catch on here… ;-[

  7. I thought at the start you were going to say Dave wasn’t popular in America but big worldwide. I’d believe it.

  8. There’s a regional dessert that I don’t think I’ve seen outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Gooey Butter Cake is an amazing cross between coffee cake, cheesecake, and blondies. It’s always been regular dessert option at BBQs and holidays for me growing up. You can get it at restaurants around downtown St. Louis and it’s sold at bakeries and local supermarkets around the city and in the suburbs. Apparently, it’s also available outside of Missouri at Walmart as “Paula Dean’s Original Gooey Butter Cake”. Highly recommended if you’re in the area.

  9. Home computers are great, it’s like everyone in the British electronics industry all had exactly the same idea at exactly the same time, didn’t tell each other about it and ended up building the exact same thing in completely incompatible ways because they were all convinced that their way was a few pennies cheaper. It’s probably telling that Sinclair’s first computer could be bought at a discount if you were willing to build the thing yourself.

    Their affordability is what gave them longevity, and by the time the late 80s rolled around and the Master System (and to a much lesser extent, the NES) had cartridges for sale at £30/£40 each, while computer games were in the £2-£3 range, but since they came on standard audio cassettes, most kids ended up putting that money towards a pack of C90s to copy their friends’ games instead.

    The selection of games that were developed for home computers is immense, thousands of titles and hundreds of licensed games that never showed up elsewhere. Hanna-Barbera is extraordinarily well represented. You like Top Cat? He’s got two games, Quick Draw McGraw? Yup. What about Potsworth & Co.? You got it!

    All of the big home computer manufacturers had a real problem with iteration. They never really set out with a ‘vision’ for the computer industry, computers were just a part of their business, so when it came to make a new model they all floundered. Amstrad bought Sinclair and added a bit more RAM to it, then did the same to their own range before they tried consolising it (the Amstrad GX4000 is tragic when you consider it was up against the Mega Drive and SNES), but at the end of the day they were still the same machines that launched in 1982.

    As with everything there are die-hard fans that kept the hardware alive. Like Chris mentioned, Your Sinclair magazine ran until 1993, while its C64 counterpart Crash petered out in 1992. Amstrad Action magazine managed to make it to 1995 before it ended, it also happens the first magazine published by Future.

    After Clive Sinclair sold his company to Amstrad he went off to develop an electric bike, the now infamous Sinclair C5, that hardly had 15 minutes of battery life, never mind fame. Amstrad’s owner, Alan Sugar, a man who’s probably best described as looking somewhat like a koala, but with the attitude of Bob Hoskins in the Long Good Friday, went on to build satellite receivers for SKY. After that he was made a Lord before finally becoming the UK’s equivalent of Donald Trump in our version of the Apprentice.

  10. You guys have been living in the SF bubble for a long time. Soccer in the Midwest IS a big thing. Is it as big as NFL, MLB or NBA? Probably not. Is it as big as hockey? Yes, definitely. There has been a major push in the past decade to increase the amount of pro/adult and collegiate teams.

  11. Did Final Fantasy 6 sell well? Square (and Sakaguchi in a recent interview I saw) seemed to think it sold poorly, especially in the states. Which is a shame… It’s definitely one of my favorites and I’d LOVE to see it get the treatment ff3 and 4 got on DS.

  12. On a more embarrassing note, my beloved home Finland was going crazy about Baywatch Nights when it aired during the 90’s. It had the worst fucking timeslot (something like late late late Monday) but it somehow grew almost as popular as Baywatch so they put it on prime time (Wednesday 8pm). I was only a little bit over ten years old and still felt an urge to move away.

  13. As a Canuck it seems like 90% of what is big in the US is also big in Canada and vice versa with a few exceptions. We, of course, love watching hockey while sucking down Tim Horton’s coffee but that is just the usual stuff. The big thing that I always missed when I went down to the states was one of my favourite potato chip flavours, ketchup chips. Up here in the north I and many other people absolutely love these things and it always baffles me that Americans don’t get to enjoy them as well. America recently got my other favourite chip flavour, all dressed and it apparently flew off store shelves, so I don’t know why you don’t have ketchup as well.

  14. Australia has a national radio station called Triple J and every year on Australia’s National Day, they do a thing called the Hottest 100 which is a fan voted music poll that countdowns the songs from the previous year. Past winners have included Oasis (Wonderwall), Joy Division (Love Will Tear Us Apart) and Gotye feat. Kimbra (Somebody That I Used to Know). Since the internet, it’s become an international thing vaguely since people are tuning in all over the world and voting in it as well. More people should get into it.

  15. Soccer was big for kids in most of the Midwest, even when Brett was a kid. Im 38 and from wisconsin, played from age 4 through high school, and many friends from Minnesota, Michigan, and Northern Illinois played as kids as well. Missouri is so damn weird.

  16. There was no videogame crash in the UK. When the Atari 2600 died, we didn’t assume the whole phenomenon was finished, we just moved on to home computers such as the Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum to feed our game addiction. They were cheap, easily available and you fooled your parents into buying you one ‘as they would help you with schoolwork!’. Oh and I’m afraid piracy was rife. As the games came on audio cassettes with very little or no protection, a double tape deck was a piracy machine – the BitTorrent of its day! You borrowed a friend’s new game and copied it and they did the same to your new software.

    The Nintendo NES arrived very late into the UK, by which time the 16 bit computers like the Amiga and Atari ST were gaining popularity. Despite the NES’s games reviewing very well in magazines, to an uneducated eye they looked old and simple. Why would I pay three times the price of a top-tier Spectrum game for Mario Bros and Donkey Kong? They came out on the Atari years ago! The SEGA Master System did a lot better as it was marketed by Virgin who knew how to sell things and it really pushed the big arcade game hitters like Outrun, Space Harrier and Afterburner which made the home computer ports looks very dull in comparison.

    1. I never even saw an NES properly until the first Turtles game was released, prior to that I’d played the Goonies through one of the timed push-button multi systems in a local cash ‘n’ carry. I still can’t believe that Mattel waited until 1987 to release the thing over here, at that point any market they were aiming for was already taken by the 8/16-bit computers and the Master System. Turtles was on most of those formats too and it was terrible on every single one of them, and the “black text on dark red paper” copy protection system is responsible for countless cases of childhood eyestrain.

      SEGA used to do a bit of advertising in Viz around the late 80s/early 90s, so there’s a good selection of slightly inappropriate adverts for the Master System and Mega Drive out there that don’t usually get mentioned.

  17. I think a large part of the reason for TNA having higher ratings in the UK is time zones. Raw airs live here, I.e. Bastard o’clock in the morning. There is a repeat, but by then it’s all spoiled. TNA doesn’t, so it’s on at like 9/10pm, a much more reasonable hour.

  18. Over here in the UK and Europe my thing is, why do Americans hate proper Beer/Bitter/Ale? When I was last over there, there was this obsession with Canadian beer because it’s STRONGER!! But it still tasted like carbonated water to me.

    1. To Answer the question on the old PC’s Spectrum, Amstrad etc.
      The games where very fun for that time.

      I wonder if the BBC Mirco had something to do with the government getting them into 80% of the countries schools from 82 on-wards. They where trying to get the youth invested in programming and encourage the creative mind. They have just repeated this with a BBC sort of raspberry pi esc board. But i wonder if because of the kids seeing and using this computers, that advertising games on them through cassettes was just a holy grail conception for us.

      My girl friend still plays her Amstrad CPC 464 with a green monitor while i’m on my PC. She has multiple cassettes. I’ll post some pictures on the Facebook group to show it off.

      The NES was around I knew a lot of people that had one, myself. I had a Mega Drive (Genesis) The SNES was a lot more popular, I think the gameboy and Rik Mayall helped Nintendo in the UK.

  19. In Scotland, we have Irn Bru (Pronounced Iron Brew), which is hard-to-describe flavoured drink that has for long time outsold even Coca Cola and Pepsi. If it wasn’t for Whiskey, Irn Bru would be the national drink. To give you an idea of how well it sells in Scotland, it’s the third most popular drink in the whole of the UK, despite only really being sold in Scotland. For a long time it was banned in the US, because of a colouring, even though I managed to (probably illegally) find an importer when I lived there. I’ve heard the only other place in the world where it’s somewhat popular is Russia, where it’s considered a cure for a hangover.

    Also, my partner is from South America, and you can’t believe how ubiquitous comics like Mafalda (Argentina) and Condorito (Chile) are down there. Some trivia: Condorito was designed as a response to how Chile was depicted in ‘Saludos Amigos’. In the film, Chile is personified as a small plane that struggles to cross the Andes, which apparently peeved off a bunch of Chileans, and Condorito was made as a attempt to make something a bit more noble. I feel like you can buy his merchandise at every newspaper stand and street vendor still to this day.

  20. While Vegimite is well known for being an especially popular food in Australia and nowhere else, there’s another food that is in every Australian’s cupboard: Milo. It’s kind of like Nesquik, in that it’s a chocolate powder that you mix with milk, but less sweet and less refined. It’s made by Nestlé, the same people who make Nesquik, but for whatever reason it’s only a popular thing in Australia and New Zealand.

  21. Some thoughts on the Spectrum…

    if the games look kind of basic, it started earlier than the NES and things were moving FAST back then.

    The Spectrum had a lot in common with iOS gaming. Easy access for lone developers, cheap affordable software, and a bunch of stuff got ported to it that really shouldnt because the platform was so ubiquitous

    The ‘walking diagonally’ RARE games were a big deal back then, it was almost as big a deal as the first person 3D that iD would later hit with.

    The distribution of games on tape was ‘games for the people,’ in a time before piracy was fully understood, games coming on the same media as music of COURSE meant you would share mix tapes of games with friends, what what more fair than you buy what you can afford, and share?

    You know how you look at Neo Geo owners that would buy a game for $200 that you could finish in 30 minutes? Thats how Spectrum owners felt about NES. Who on earth buys one game for $60 and finish it in a couple of hours? Games were inherently a ‘pocket money’ product, kiind of on a par with an action figure.

    You laugh at Your Sinclair, despite the square name, at least in the years I read it, it was a very funny tongue in cheek tone which was way more anarchic than a ‘play it straight’ magazine like PC Gamer.

    As much as I love the games, most of them dont stand up, but one that I think woudl have found a home on the NES was Starquake, a pretty great platformer, sort of Anglo-Metroid which is worth a shot.

    Jet Set Willy was our Super Mario Land…

  22. I’ve got to mention Moomin. I only recently discovered this Swedo-Finnish series, but it is incredibly charming. If you’ve seen what looks like a cute little bipedal white hippo, that’s probably Moomin. It is a series of children’s books and comic strips dating back to the 40s, and is popular throughout Europe and Japan. The 90s anime adaptation of it is very lovely. Hell, it even has a theme park in Finland.

  23. I thought for sure you were going to bring up the Sega Master System’s complete dominance of Brazil. That system was still popular well into the 90s.

    As for soccer… you know what I hate about soccer? Everything. The entire sport is nothing but an echo chamber designed to constantly get fans riled up over tournaments, endless championship cups, blood rivalries, and to turn them into insufferable fanatics. That clip you played is a perfect example of how soccer fans overreact to everything. They treat every goal like it is the winning pitch of game 7 of the World Series.

  24. Long time listener, etc

    In a strange UK / US twist, I have an American Sister-in-Law.

    She is from Tennesssee.

    She often discusses Country music like “You know, Dwayne whatshisame who was married to Tammy whothefuck, who is the cousin of Hunter Dontcare”.

    When she sees my uncomprahending face, my brother-in-law (who is UK) jumps in and says “But they dont know that kind of music”. She always replies with ” Well I know the Beatles!!!???”

    Is this a thing within the U.S.? or am I chronically unknowlegable about US music?

    I suppose bubbles exist everywhere..

  25. Chris talking about Searching for Sugarman reminded me that I’m about 95% sure I went to elementary school with his youngest daughter.

  26. Long time listener, first time caller (from Mexico)
    – Jorge Arvizu was NOT the voice actor for the latin dub of homer simpson
    – Arvizu was a voice actor and a comedian one of his more famous roles was an old man nicknamed the “tata” (which could be translated as granpa’)
    – However the simpsons latin dub, did a shout out on the episode “Monty Can’t Buy Me Love” instead of the 8th wonder being GOMER PYLE’S voice is “Tata Arvizu” in the dub.
    – As for the dead voice actors: Arvizu did past away also Carlos Revilla the voice actor from the Spain dub. However the first spanish dub was done in Mexico, that voice actor was Humberto Velez but due to not being able to renegotiate the union with the voice actors, the WHOLE CAST was replaced on the 16th season.
    – As for Worldwide hits ignored in America, i would say that “Chespirito” is the most famous, created by Roberto Gómez Bolaños, it was a family friendly comedy show that lasted around 25 years.
    – Of the various characters that he created for that show, one is “El chavo del ocho” a kid that gets in to trouble because of his good heart this character had an animated reboot, which has a Wii game (one of the more difficult to track down for a the complete wii NTSC collection)
    – And to bring it full circle with the simpsons, the other character is “Chapulin Colorado” a clumsy super heroe, which is parodied by the Bumble Bee Man.

    1. Well said Zopenko. I love Chespirito and all his characters. If I had to compare him to someone from American entertainment I think Lorne Michaels maybe? Also his nick name “Chespirito” means little Shakespeare.

    1. I speak fluent English so I hate listening to something that I can’t speak. It doesn’t make me dumb- it makes me, me. With that said, I make an exception bizarrely for live-action, since Old Boy and Battle Royale are two of my (many) favorite movies.

      But for games or anime, I go straight to enabling English dubs.

  27. This episode actually pushed me into registering an account to comment. So this is a double comment, since I have dual citizenship as a Canadian/Romanian:

    For Canada: Tim Hortons. It’s like Dunking Donuts, but much less diabetes inducing. There’s one almost every street corner here, alternating with Starbucks. There’s a couple in the US, but they’re basically Dunkin Donuts since Burger King bought out Tim Hortons. Also, Scott Pilgrim was fucking everywhere for a few years. I’m not even in Toronto where the comic/movie/game is set and everyone and their mom had every licensed piece of that franchise. It was inescapable (and awesome).

    For Romania: Vampires. It’s not that vampires haven’t become ubiquitous in North America, in films, games and whatever other medium, but Romanian take that shit to a whole other level. Like, grave robbing to decapitate suspected vampires is a thing that happens. Frequently. To the point that cops don’t do anything because they could never stem the amount of bodies that get exhumed when some kid gets mono.

  28. Canada : You guys don’t seem to have Salt & Vinegar, Ketchup or All Dressed chips.
    You also don’t know about the Tragically Hip, who are huge here.

    As for the home computer thing, my parents got us a Vic 20 when I was very young.
    We got a Commodore 64 used when I was in high school and it came with a *ton* of old RPGs :

    The original Wasteland, Battletech, Phantasie ….AND the SSI Goldbox D&D games, which were king of proto Neverwinter Night style games. They had big, sweeping stories and came with big manuals with paragraphs you actually had to *read* because they couldn’t fit all the written dialogue in the game. It felt epic! Those games, plus the old text adventure games like Zork, Hitchhiker’s GTTG and Planetfall are why I look back so fondly at that system.

    I currently live in Korea and one thing you forgot to mention that both Japan and Korea like is…Iced Coffee.
    It’s fucking disgusting. They even drink it canned! So. Fucking. Gross.

    Also, consoles, particularly the 3DS and PS4 are making big inroads here in Korea. The areas I go are always crowded and I always see someone buying a system when I go looking for games. It’s pretty surprising just how well they’re doing.

  29. A really big comic in the Netherlands (next to indeed Donald Duck, who comes out as a weekly 40-page comic magazine with around 250.000 comics sold each week) is the Belgium comic Suske en Wiske, about 2 teens who go on adventures through time and space with their aunt, a bald guy and a muscle man. Also big Belgium comics here, like TinTin and Asterix the Gaul like you guys mention, are Lucky Luke, Gaston and Spirou.

    And of course Techno music is still really big in Europe. With variations like Hardcore, Gabber, Trans, House, Drum and Bass it’s still going pretty strong.

    A sport that is also very big in Europe but as far as I know isn’t really popular in the USA, is Formula 1 racing. Here in the Netherlands Max Verstappen has become a real phenomenon, who won the Gran Prix of Spain before he got his drivers license.

    Other thing we like in the Netherlands is political parties. These days we have in the Netherlands a socialist-democratic party, a liberal party, a christian party, a green party, a socialist party, an orthodox christian party, a reformed christian party, a conservative party, a populist party, an islamic party, an elderly party and an animal rights party in parlement. Quite more to choose from than between Hillary and Donald.

    Other cool shit is that we’re cool with nudity. As in we put it in our water and cheese commercials we watch during daytime television. Check it out:

  30. 1. A couple of years ago we had a foreign exchange visual design group from Mexico stay at the dorms for a couple of months at my college. They all thought that the funniest movie ever made was White Chicks starring Shawn and Marlon Wayans from 2004. During their stay they watched it multiple times as a group movie night and could not believe that most Americans on campus either had not seen the movie, didn’t want to see the movie, or didn’t like the movie.

    2. I live in Washington state and something that’s pretty big (not just here but in quite a few western states, but I’m also under the impression that the midwest, east coast, and south aren’t as in to this) is outrageously obscure craft brews, brew pubs, and multiple dozens of taps at bars. Less than twenty taps is considered amateur hour, and I’ve been to one restaurant that had 160. I’ve been going to the state brewers festival the last couple of years that features dozens of breweries and hundreds of varieties of beer and it is amazing.

  31. was gonna say not sure if its a hit or not but in my research seeing it averaged 6 million views an episode but in Canada we got a show called Corner Gas its a sitcom about a gas station in the middle of a small town in Saskatchewan….i don’t have much to say about it was just getting some Canadian representation and it was the only thing i could think of that im pretty sure isnt know at all outside of canada

  32. I am surprised that you didn’t listen to friends of the network, Retronauts, and their episode about the UK microcomputer scene as it had a lot of useful information about that time. And they are erstwhile friends of Laser Time.

    The end of the episode was nice and I hope you can do another about regional hits as it could be interesting. With the mention of local celebs, you reminded me of how St. Louis is the last bastion for Chuck Berry, as he is now a local nightly act for one of the city’s clubs. It is a far cry from the heyday of being a seminal guitarist and unfortunate restauranteur.

  33. Chris? …Anyone?
    Where can you find the mashup of the “Run DMC – It’s Like That / Bubble Bobble Theme” mashup?
    I tried google, youtube, and even humoured “bing” and had no luck 😐


  34. I haven’t listened to the show yet but since I will be going on a trip tomorrow I might as well leave a comment now.

    Panama papers. They were everywhere in the news in Europe but from what I heard they were not in the news a lot in the United States of America.

    Handball. The national sport of Denmark. It is an featured in the olympic games and are big mostly in western europe. People talked a lot about what a great acheivement it was for Iceland to get to the quarter finals in the european football championship but the handball team got the silver medal in in the 2008 olympic games.

    I lived in Serbia as an exchange student in Serbia for a year (I just came back less than three weeks ago) and over there they watch a lot of Turkish (and Spanish) soap operas, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are also popular in most of the rest of Eastern Europe.

    Travelling to other countries. Americans do not need to do this since they live in a vast and diverse country but people from all over the world do this quite often, even to other continents.

    Hiking. The reason that disneyland in Paris failed. People in Europe are generally more fond of taking longer trips since they have longer vacation time than Americans.

    Learning languages. Americans have a big problem with this. In most of the world people who speak different languages live in close proximity to each others and sometimes have to learn four languages in school out of neccessity without going into what they learn because of outside influences while in America people know English, learn Spanish in school which they then immediately forget and possibly another mother tongue if they arrived there recently in which case they would have learnt english anyways in their original home country.

    Tin-Tin (may be big in America or mentioned), Alexander and other european comics. There are a lot of very good ones, many are historical and the art is generally very good.

    Nuclear power plants. Popular where electricity cannot be gained by other means or is the cheapest method. America has some but the rest of the world has more of them.

    I am from Iceland where we basically have had a steady influx of American culture since Britain took over Iceland in 1940 so that the Germans wouldn’t invade us first, gave us to the Americans a year later, we became indepemdent from Denmark in 1944 and America has had an army base in Iceland until 2006. Most people here are very Americanized so I learned a lot about European culture myself from speaking to other exchange students that were in Serbia with me.

  35. Answer for unique to American state.

    I live in Boston Massachusetts and we Mass holes have a unique form of bowling. It’s called Candlepin Bowling, it’s the form of bowling that was first developed in 1880’s, before the standard form took over. The balls are smaller, you get three turns per frame, and the pins are thin much thinner. In the 1980’s on channel 5 New England public television , they used to show professional games, which are well archived on youtube. They still have many Candlepin Bowling alleys in the New England area today, some even with an occasional Ms. Pac-Man machine.

  36. There was a show that ran for 15 years (still plays in reruns to this day) in Washington state called Almost Live! It was a local sketch comedy show, most of the jokes probably don’t hold up if you are not from the area, but it used to air back to back with SNL and I remember it being hilarious. Both Bill Nye the Science Guy and Joel McHale got their start on it.

  37. One thing us guys in the UK love is a comedy panel show. It’s normally a quiz format with a host and two to three teams of comedians/tv personalities that answer silly questions on current affairs or some silly topic. The most famous is BBC’s ‘Have I got news for you’ with 446 episodes [51 uk series] since 1990.

    It’s a solid way for up and coming comedians to get on TV and always funny. Here’s a notorious clip from one of the best, ‘Mock the week’.

  38. Another thing. My brother just moved back to Washington after living in Oklahoma for six years and he brought his born-and-raised Oklahoma girlfriend with him. I may have just never heard of this before, but every time we’re drinking she wants do what she calls “pickle-backs”, which is taking a shot and then using pickle juice as a chaser. Apparently it’s a regular thing down there but I’ve yet to talk to anyone else who’s ever heard of it.

  39. In the states there isn’t anything regional for me in my current location (Vermont). But in Hawaii there was Saimin, which is closely related to Ramen, but it is mostly a Hawaiian dish. Usually garnished with various toppings, and almost always paired with strips of spam (a state favorite for some reason). We also had pork hash which was like a boiled dumpling filled with pork, and Manapua, which is also a dumpling filled with pork. It was also the only time I’ve seen pineapple and chili powder combined, a flavor I still like.

    Of interest though, is my Commodore 64 (one of two). My dad bought it in Italy (where I weas born) I believe, alongside over a hundred different floppy disks for it. I loved that thing so much, and cried the day my dad retired it for a new IBM PC. Of course once he booted up Wolfenstein 3D I was satiated. We still have that C64 alongside a Timex Sinclaire and a few arcade cabinets my dad bought once we came back stateside.

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