Almost Exactly Like Football

Despite having grown up in the United States, I’ve never managed to learn the rules behind American football. I have always figured I wouldn’t like it very much.

I do however, understand the rules behind the arcade game Pigskin 621AD which I enjoy very much. I’ve heard it’s based on American football.

As far as I know, the things I enjoy most about Pigskin 621AD — the concealed weapons, the skeletons, haystacks and mudslicks on the field, the trolls introduced onto losing team in the final quarter — are all missing from American football. I can’t imagine why anybody would like American football without spears and the trolls.

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Benjamin Mako Hill

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