I just saw a debate over air hockey and foosball. As debates go, especially between these two, it was mild. They even came to consensus. But, the whole lights-out theory aside, they were wrong. (Besides if the lights out then you can't see the damn game, right? Who would play foosball in the dark?)(Ok, geeks would, but more on that later.)
No contest, hands down, air hockey is a clear winner. Air hockey is a one-on-one match, frantically, fervishly fast, best played in the thick of drunk with no-holds-bar cursing when you're scored upon. Air hockey tables are only found in bars, where those types of games belong, because they're big and heavy and expensive. Rightfully so. Bar games belong in bars.
On a hot day, the breeze is nice too.
I hate foosball. It sucks. You never get to swing the right way; especially if you're some loser chick you always end up going backwards. And they give you that look when you let the ball pass. It's not fun. You also can't have sex on a foosball table. Well, not decent sex.
Most guys love it. But then, they're team players. Wouldn't want to stand on your own for a few minutes, watching for that devilish puck to wing your way, and learn the hard way to keep your fingers off the damn rail! Nah, got to have a buddy or coworker to blame when the game goes south.
Computer geeks love foosball because they think it makes them cool (it doesn't, but shhh). Nearly every one of PHF's jobs has had a table, or two, and these weren't lopsided, sticky-handled contraptions that were missing several key players like a goalie. No, these were bought special for the purpose, carefully selected; people took fucking pay-cuts to purchase the best ones; and they were housed in "clean-rooms" with booties for your feet and magnetic neutralization air locks and chemical showers. PHF misses foosball at the office, because his office is in the basement, and foosball only goes with "Early-Dorm Decor", which our basement most definitely is NOT.
In my experience, geeks play foosball:
a. when they are stumped. This apparently happens a lot.
b. when the system crashes. This apparently happens a lot.
c. when they want to fuck around. This, too, apparently happens a lot.
When not blogging, geeks play a lot of foosball.
I bet the Blogger offices have a foosball table or two, reckon?