January 17, 2012 scottcjones

Three objects–a sombrero, an umbrella, and a diamond ring–have appeared without fail in all 16 levels of Donkey Kong (Game Boy, 1994) that I’ve played thus far. From the start I have assumed that these objects were nothing more than evidence of the type of surrealist logic typically found in videogames a la¬†eating a mushroom to grow in stature, or shooting a snake which turns into an egg which one can eat for a health boost.

Artist's rendition of the sombrero-ring-umbrella trio.
Yet this morning, as I collected the sombrero, umbrella and ring for the 17th…