“None for me. I’m a vegetarian”
- Genghis Khan
Don't Hate the Player - Hate the Game
Well, it looks like it's that time again. This week, the National Toy Hall of Fame announced its finalists for this year's induction.
Who made the cut?
Twelve lucky toys are still in the running for the three spots available. While all are hopeful, our insiders tell us that it's really a four-horse race where one will be left on the outside looking in.
Battleship made the grade as it was the only game on the list you can strip to. Each member of the Hall of Fame committee could hark back to a night that saw sparks fly as pegs went into holes. One committee member noted, "I sunk her battleship, then my submarine rose."
Risk is still in contention as it is both durable and educational. A recent study ranked Risk at number two in surviving "temper tantrum board flips" behind Monopoly. The committee also factored in the essential life lessons learned from attempting global domination. Risk teaches children the value of the sociopathic ruthlessness needed to achieve their goals and the drug-like euphoria of watching the life drain out of an opponent's eyes as they meekly roll their last defense against your vastly superior army and ultimately hand over their cards in defeat. Most importantly, though, children learn the futility of a two-front advancement - a lesson the committee holds in high esteem, saying, "Had Hitler grew up playing Risk, we'd all be living in a very different world."
The Piñata still has a chance. While commonly associated with Mexican culture, the object may date back to early 13th century China - where it was used to scout young talent in search of its next generation of executioners. The decision to have the piñata inducted is fraught with tension as some toys are calling it a "diversity thing."
Finally, Sand, you read that right, sand got the nod. When we asked sand about the nomination, sand told us:
I am beyond honored and humbled by this nomination. But truthfully, I couldn't have done it without poverty, and I'd be remiss to not pay homage to my extensive creative partnerships with '-box' and '-lot'
Who got snubbed?
While those four still have life, the same cannot be said for the hundreds of others that will have to wait till next year, including these three:
The Atomic Laboratory Kit didn't cut the mustard this time around. Committee members said the decision to leave the '60s stalwart out was two-fold. First, the atomic lab kit contained four types of active uranium ore. Second, the committee members were hesitant to immortalize a toy that might encourage young girls to get into STEM.
A Sock Filled with D Batteries got the chop. While a classic toy choice of inner-city youths, the committee gave it the kibosh due to its loose association with prison violence.
Finally, Chutes and Ladders missed the mark. The committee felt the soul-crushing lesson that no matter how hard you try in life you are always one random wrong step away from having it all taken away from you was "too real." Also, an exposé published in The Atlantic showed how the game board setup was skewed across racial lines as white children played on a board made predominantly of ladders while black children played on a board made predominantly made of chutes.
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