On the adult appeal of dodgeball

NPR's Only a Game recently covered the rise of adult dodgeball. At MSN's tenth birthday party last week, there was a wide variety of entertainment options, the highlight of which appeared to be an organized dodgeball tournament. It was very well attended and didn't have the ego-damaging overtones you got from elementary school. A good time was had by all.

The Senior Vice President of MSN happens also to have been the development manager of Windows 95, so he made the generous gesture of inviting the members of the Windows 95 team to his group's birthday party. (Since the remaining members of the Windows 95 team are outnumbered forty-to-one by the current members of the MSN team, it gave the impression that Windows 95 was merely an after-thought to MSN! "Ten years ago, MSN 1.0 went live! And if I recall correctly, some little operating system rode our coattails.")

Comments (7)
  1. Ben Watson says:

    Do you mean the current members of the Windows 95 team, or the MS employees who are still around who worked on Windows 95?

    I know Windows 95 is well past its end of life, but I wonder if there are still people who work on these old OSes in any capacity?

  2. Matt says:

    Dodgeball is really fun. There’s an adult dodgeball tournament near Boston that I’ve wanted to play in but can’t due to school. However, at my school (Rochester Institute of Technology), one of the frats holds an annual dodgeball tournament. Practically the entire campus shows up and it goes on the whole day. All proceeds (which ends up being quite a lot of money) are donated to a charity.

  3. Travis Owens says:

    Did MSN launch back in 95/96? I had no idea it was that old.

  4. Ry Jones says:

    I was at this party, and the dodgeball tourney was clearly the central draw.

    I was shocked (shocked!) at the number of black "windows 95 product team" t-shirts I saw.

  5. Sean says:

    Originally MSN was meant to be a closed service provider, like old AOL before it went internet.

    It happened at the same time as the w95 launch, as the new OS was used to launch the program that ran the new msn. Eventually MSN gave up being an old-fashioned provider and became and ordinary ISP.

  6. Beavis says:

    At Amazon, Jeff Bezos is a huge dodgeball fan, so he had a dedicated dodgeball court put into the parking lot. If I recall correctly, the day it opened, someone broke an ankle.

  7. Joe says:

    You just have to watch "Dodgeball – A True Underdog Story" then. As crazy as it can get.

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