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Meet the Man Who Designed the Hottest Games for Girls in the '90s

Board game designer Michael Gray has an extensive resume in the game world (between 1978 and 1981 alone, he designed 36 of them for Milton Bradley), but in a recent video interview with Great Big Story it was two creations in particular—Dream Phone and Mall Madness—that took him down memory lane.

"It was a bunch of guys that did it, but that's OK," Gray said of Dream Phone, a dating-themed board game that was targeted to pre-teen girls. The main component of the game—and the starting point for the design team—was a pink electronic telephone, which Gray says was an "elegant and beautiful thing" at the time.

In reflecting on Mall Madness, Gray admits that his views on shopping before making the game were very different: "If I'm going to make a game about shopping—what I know about shopping—you just go get what you need and go back to the car. Later it was pointed out to me that that's kind of not the way ladies shop."

To hear more of Gray's thoughts on these classics, check out the video above. And check out his profile on BoardGameGeek to see what other classics from your childhood this master designer helped bring to shelves.

[h/t: Great Big Story]

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Mattel Unveils New Uno Edition for Colorblind Players
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On the heels of International Colorblind Awareness Day, Mattel, which owns Uno, announced it would be unveiling a colorblind-friendly edition of the 46-year-old card game.

The updated deck is a collaboration with ColorADD, a global organization for colorblind accessibility and education. In place of its original color-dependent design, this new Uno will feature a small symbol next to each card's number that corresponds with its intended primary color.

As The Verge points out, Mattel is not actually the first to invent a card game for those with colorblindness. But this inclusive move is still pivotal: According to Fast Co. Design, Uno is currently the most popular noncollectible card game in the world. And with access being extended to the 350 million people globally and 13 million Americans who are colorblind, the game's popularity is sure to grow.

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Lightning-Fast Teen Sets New Rubik’s Cube World Record
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In less time than it takes some people to open a pickle jar, 15-year-old Patrick Ponce can solve a Rubik’s Cube. His total time of 4.69 seconds makes him the new holder of the world record for fastest 3-by-3 Rubik’s Cube completion, as highlighted by Compete (and seen in the video below).

Ponce achieved the impressive feat of dexterity at a tournament in Middletown, Virginia, on September 2. He takes the title from the previous Rubik’s Cube speed record holder, Feliks Zemdegs, who solved the puzzle in 4.73 seconds at a competition in Australia in December 2016.

But the teenager may not hold his new position at the top for very long: Expert Rubik's Cubers have been steadily lowering the speed record beneath the 5-second mark since 2015. And human competitors still have a long way to go before solving a cube in 0.887 seconds—that’s the record that was set by a robot in March of 2017.

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