Friday, February 27, 2009

NUFAH Fails to Convince of Sudoku's So-Called Greatness

In the most ill-argued fashion possible, the tree-hugging villain known as Paddles (a.k.a. Alex) has posted a blatantly erroneous rationalization (or lack thereof) as to why he thinks Sudoku is the greatest game ever created. Of course, what more should we expect from a hippie who is much more E! than hip?

Paddles starts his nonfactual rant with a piece of uninformed blasphemy, stating the Bible itself is "the most anticipated ... puzzle section ... that [should] be ignored by Christians." What this has to do with sudoku, I'm not really sure, but I think by the shot he also takes at Jews in the blog post by using the word "Jewish" means he is simply an intolerant and evil blogger.

Aside from such atrocities, I have to wonder why Paddles' post is so delayed. Sudoku has been gaining minimal popularity among circles in nursing homes for years now in the U.S., primarily through the medium of newspapers, an industry that is dying as a result. No Use For a Headline is sure to experience the same death with such outdated, old news as a post about a craze that has already come and gone just like any other fad. In fact, the original popularity of sudoku in the UK and the U.S. first started being reported in late 2004 into early 2005. What dominates the news now? Obamas, Bushes and octuplets, according to CNN's homepage. Oh, and look, another sudoku-publishing newspaper going out of business.

Each of Paddles' points exhibits a sheer lack of mental acumen. He first talks about how difficult it is for him to read, then moves on to talk about how his own rhetorical analyses have been unable to find solutions to crossword puzzles without using self-help books (which he says should not be necessary, likely because — as already mentioned — it is difficult for him to read). People from the East Coast are referred to as smarmy snobs, while Paddles himself is from a city that may as well be called Atlantica. Finally, he makes the incorrect presumption that numbers are a universal language, while I have personally found that other cultures in the universe use only symbols instead of numbers to communicate.

One thing that Paddles fails to do in his post is even answer his own question, "Great game or greatest game?" In fact, he spends a lot of time comparing crossword puzzles and sudoku (and does say he thinks sudoku is superior), but he fails to acknowledge the hundreds of other games available for play. I would not say that sudoku is the greatest game or even a great game, but a mediocre game akin to its comparable counterparts that appear in giant-sized typefaces in thick books at drug stores every day for mass consumption by the elderly who are trying to keep their minds exercised in futile attempts to prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease. So is sudoku a great game or is it the greatest game? It is neither.

The Blog Wars Part 1 — "Sudoku: Great Game or Greatest Game?" by Alex (Paddles) of No Use For a Headline
The Blog Wars Part 2 — "NUFAH Fails to Convince of Sudoku's So-Called Greatness" by Josh (PR Josh) of Relatively Journalizing
P.S. Evan (Sideburns), if you are reading this, your blog sucks too.