Brian Vandenberg

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Aug
21
awarded  Yearling
Oct
28
comment Why are bosses called 'bosses'?
@Septagram - DND /is/ a video game, though. PLATO was a computer system designed for use in educational institutions -- hence the various games created for it were often deleted as they were viewed as inappropriate material to have on a school computer. What we need is proof that the word 'boss' was actually used to describe the boss. My point in posting is that the answer was downvoted inappropriately. While it may not be the best answer, it still adds something useful -- something I don't believe the author should be dinged for.
Oct
27
comment Why are bosses called 'bosses'?
Seems like a reasonable line of thinking (paragraph 2), but it's only speculation.
Oct
27
comment Why are bosses called 'bosses'?
@BlueRaja - The author did do some digging, and found something that could be useful in tracking down the origins. It gives a good baseline; no known example of a 'boss' prior to 1975 is known to exist. Since the earliest example posted about in this thread is 1983, that gives you an 8 year span to search, as opposed to the period of 1972 (creation of 'pong') through 1983. That's still a valuable contribution, even if it doesn't give the correct answer.
Oct
26
awarded  Critic
Oct
26
comment Why are bosses called 'bosses'?
@Clyde - I don't believe the difference matters. Where it would matter is if it's a word that is known in multiple cultures (eg, Nintendo, Samsung, Sony, etc) -vs- a word with a natural translation (house, boss, door, car).
Oct
26
comment Why are bosses called 'bosses'?
Before you down-vote, perhaps you should do some digging to determine whether 'dnd' used the word 'boss' to describe the end-of-level or end-of-game character.
Sep
7
accepted Dragon Warrior 2: Unable to get the water flying cloth
Sep
2
comment Dragon Warrior 2: Unable to get the water flying cloth
If you're going to down-vote, it's usually polite to give a reason.
Sep
1
awarded  Supporter
Sep
1
answered Dragon Warrior 2: Unable to get the water flying cloth
Sep
1
asked Dragon Warrior 2: Unable to get the water flying cloth
Aug
31
awarded  Teacher
Aug
31
answered On the Wii Virtual Console version of The Legend of Zelda, how can you save a game in progress?
Aug
23
revised Point challenge in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light: Things That Go Boom, Madness River
deleted 1 characters in body
Aug
23
awarded  Scholar
Aug
23
revised Point challenge in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light: Things That Go Boom, Madness River
added 6 characters in body
Aug
23
accepted Point challenge in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light: Things That Go Boom, Madness River
Aug
23
answered Point challenge in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light: Things That Go Boom, Madness River
Aug
22
revised Point challenge in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light: Things That Go Boom, Madness River
added 517 characters in body