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Sega's "Beijing 2008": The Thumb Olympics

Beijing 2008 Game
Sega America
Beijing 2008 Game

It's amazing I ever became a journalist.

I almost lost my thumbs when I was 12.

You see, there was this game that you might recall if you were a gamer in the 80s called "Track & Field" by Konami. In order to win a the 100-meter dash, you had to press "A' and "B" as quickly as you could. In a single race, you'd do it on average of say, 50 times a finger. Some people put the controller on their lap and pressed "A" and "B" with their index fingers, but I was all thumbs. I'd come home from a sleepover at my friend Matt's house and I remember the joints in my thumbs would be so tight.



Why am I telling you this? Because the next generation of gamer now has the same opportunity to develop early arthritis. The game is called "Beijing 2008" and its developed by Sega for XBox 360 and Playstation 3. Kudos to the folks at Sega for keeping the "A" and "B" way of running for the 100 meter sprint. I'm lucky that this game didn't come out when I had time to play games. Back in the day, "Track and Field" only had the 100. "Beijing 2008" has the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meter.

Between this and Blackberries, I think my next calling is a thumb surgeon.

Beijing 2008 Game
Sega America
Beijing 2008 Game



Between this and Blackberries, I think my next calling is a thumb surgeon.

Beijing 2008 Game
Sega America
Beijing 2008 Game

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