Lori: Our Take On the 70's/80's Parker Bros. Merlin..."Hello. I'm here to tell you about a hypothetical handheld electronic game product named "Lori"... Basically "Lori" is something like The Parker Bros. Merlin, a toy sold in The 70's/80's. Lori's notion was created as part of a "genetic" daughtering excercize... Lori is intelligent, talks in a female voice, is octagonal, red, made from smooth flat plastic (like the Merlin and the Saitek ProBridge 500), has a touchscreen in the middle and 8 directional touchpads around her edges.. All of her labeling is in Century-Gothic-esque fonts, she personifies herself with "I"/"me" and is portrayed as "playful" in personality. In the spirit of the Merlin's "Comp Turn" button, Lori will not take a turn in most games unless you press a certain button encouraging her to do this... (Lori is sweet and patient in this regard, but if you take advantage of this to 'cheat', this -will- hurt Lori's software-simulated feelings... Playing with Lori is a -relationship- and she remembers how you've treated her in the past... Do you let her sometimes win? Lori remembers and perhaps will return the favor, but be a ***** to Lori and "what you give is ah what you get".)
Lori has the following games, at a minimum, in her internal memory: Othello, tic tac toe, nim, blackjack, a music match game like the Merlin except more like the Radio Shack Microprocessor Trainer's version of the game: nothing actually lights up and you must -auditorially- identify the notes (and yes, the note names are shown on her display as you enter so "LA" will be at this party :-) ), battleship, poker, bridge, checkers, crazy 8's (this was 'Uno' before Uno was cool :-D), and similar games..."