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The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. - Thursday, October 20, 1994 - 3

Better Nate Than Never

'Beavis'game proves not to be 'Butt-

Seedy Apples

* The leaves are changing colors,
our shorts are going to the back of the
closet, squirrels are gathering nuts,
the Simpsons are no longer in reruns.
Yes, fall is here.
True Michiganians are following
the lead of the nut-gathering squirrel
- right up the tree - to stockpile
apples for the upcoming winter
.The fall tradition began in 1891
when an elderly woman, Edna
"Granny" Smith, overplanted her or-
chard and invited the townspeople to
pick the apples. She raked in the cash
charging $2.95 for a quart of cider
and $6.50 for a dozen donuts.
Paying homage to Mrs. Smith,
families like mine pile into station
wagons by the dozens and follow the
orchards' hand-crafted road signs
rite 1 mi. - NO cats").
After several hours of travel down
dirt roads, run-ins with stray cows
and the realization that "1 mi." does
not necessarily mean "one mile" and
that "rite" is sometimes a synonym
for "left," the apple gatherers are
greeted by a "U PICK EM, WE PICK
EM" sign dangling over the mud-
*aved "parking lot."
'From there is a maze of rotten
apples, mud puddles and more hand-
painted signs that directs prospective
pickers to the apples of their choice
-Granny Smith, McIntosh, Red De-
licious, Green Repulsive.
It was usually at this point where
my mom and dad would debate the
relative merit of McIntosh and Red
Delicious for taste, texture and pie-
Waking ability. My sister was usually
asleep and I was trying to will myself
out of the car. Darn those child-proof
door locks.
By the time the picking starts, lam
generally worn and haggard from the
journey and almost ready to give up.
But then, I look out through the
branches see it: the biggest, shiniest,
most perfect apple. I can taste it with
M aramel and nuts, on a stick. It shall
'e mine.
Well, it or the one next to it. The
chosen apple always hangs from the
top branch of the tree and requires
bringing over a rickety, splintered
ladder. Step by step, I climb away
from the earth and into the world of
the apples. With a daring maneuver
and an outstretched hand, I pick the
Perfect Apple.
SVictorious, I yell for my sister to
take the prized fruit so I can begin my
descent. "Ready?" I ask. "Yeah," she
replies. "Are you sure?" "Yeah, hurry
up." "OK. Catch!" The apple leaves
my hand and plummets straight down
to a mud puddle near my sister.
"Oops," she replies.
No more apple. It is gone. For-
* "Die!" I shout as I grab apples at
random and throw them in vengeance
at my sister's head, only to miss.
(Motor skills were never my strong
Back on the ground, we fill our
shirts, glovebox and, of course, bushel
For some reason, apples must be
sold by the bushel. A bushel is de-
ned as (a) four pecks or (b) more
pples than you want.
We usually get about two bushels
- one for us to eat ("No potato chips
for me, I'll just have an apple") and
one for baking pies. Yes, it's a lot of

But apple orchards offer much
more than just apples.
They also have freshly fried do-
nuts ("We change the grease yearly"),
*aramel apples with nuts and flies,
and apple cider.,
Some of the larger orchards even
give visitors a demonstration in the
cider-making room. A lively orchard
employee explains the complex pro-
cess to onlookers: "See, first I take the

It is finally possible to throw
bombs in toilets, chainsaw things, and
even go couch fishing without getting
"hurt, expelled, arrested or possibly
deported" in the enjoyment of your
own home. With Viacom's new ac-
tion-adventure video game version of
"MTV's Beavis and Butt-head" car-
toon, all of the original's quirks are
here, with puke and farts galore!
Who ever said you can't learn any-
thing from "Beavis and Butt-head"?
The new video game phenomenon
based on the two vulgar nose-picking
teens draws on the player's knowledge
of every minute detail of the cartoon,
throwing you through fun and often
very gross scenes and encounters with
the much loved "B & B" cast.
The awesome graphics, replicated
from the animation cells produced by
the show's creator MikeJudge, and the
realistic sounds also captured on audio
chips from Judge's original voices,
make the gameplay almostexactly like
the show. From the Beavis and Butt-

head walk, to Beavis' "This sucks," the
game remains true to the cartoon.
The game begins with the suburban
misfits in aterriblepredicament. They
saved up all their Burger World money
and bought two GWAR tickets, only to
have them chewed up by Mr.
Anderson's stupid poodle, and then
run over by the old man's lawnmower.
By this time, the pieces of the tickets
are scattered all over their beautiful
town, and if Beavis and Butt-head ever
want to see their heroes live, they must
collect the nine chewed up pieces of the
However, this isn't as easy as it
sounds. Beavis and Butt-head channel
surf through the different stages, and
can choose which they want to go to in
whatever order.
To get through the various scenes
in the Turbo Mall 2000, Burger World,
the Drive-In, and the four other stages,
it is a must to think and act like the
dynamic duo. Here's where knowl-
edge of the show comes in handy.
Almost every situation somehow re-

lates to something that happened in the
With one or two simultaneous play-
ers, B and B fight their way through the
evil people of Highland who try to kill
them, mainly Earl, and the Quickie
Mart bully Todd. Luckily, the two are
able to fight back; Beavis with his
green belch clouds, and Butt-head, with


head'ed on your screen
his amazing farting techniques. They McVicker, Mr. Van Driessen,
are also able to pick up more weapons Buzzcut and Mr. Anderson. D
along the way, including a spit ball StuartandBilly Bob(fatcowbo)y
launcher, toy gunsand even a bat with a golf cart) also make special ap
a boxing glove on the end (frog base- ances along with many other func
ball anyone?). acters.
As they progress in their adventure, Thegameisactually somewha
Beavis and Butt-head meet up with
cast regulars such as Principal See BUTT, Pa

, Mr.
ut dif-
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