Saturday, March 12, 2005 12:23 PM
Notably - the game integrates a feature we've all been wanting for quite some time. Wake from sleep. If you walk by another DS with puppies and both of your consoles are in sleep mode, they will detect each other and begin barking. They'll also play a 5 second message prerecorded on the DS's microphone. You can get fleas from other people's dogs, but these puppies don't grow up and can't die - this not a Tamagotchi.
Speaking of puppies...
If you don't know about the public radio show "This American Life" you should definitely check this out. It is the Simpsons of radio - which is to say, the finest example of it's milieu. The accompanying link is an excellent intro to this shockingly good, funny, smart and moving program. This episode has a thoughtful audio essay on the power of puppies.
Act One. Puppy Love. Molly FitzSimons tells the story of her father starting over. After 25 years in the same zip code, as an executive in the same company, he moved to LA and tried to start over in a new life with a new venture: a cable channel, with no people, no talking, no plots, but lots and lots of puppies. (15 minutes).