Attention Nintendo Fans: You're Pronouncing 'NES' All Wrong

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Mark Ramsay, Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0. Cropped.

More than 30 years after its debut, the NES re-entered the public consciousness when Nintendo released the NES Classic. Its return has prompted a new generation of gamers to ask some important questions, like "When will the NES be back in stock?," "They're selling for how much on eBay?," and "How do you pronounce NES anyway?" Lifehacker has the answer to that last query, and it may be different than what you expect.

This screenshot from the Japanese version of WarioWare Gold for 3DS, shared on Twitter by gamer Kyle McLain, holds a major clue to the console name's true pronunciation. Above the English abbreviation NES, Nintendo has included the Japanese characters “ne” and “su.” Together, they make what NES would sound like if it was pronounced "ness" in Japan.

That would make NES an acronym, not an initialism, but there's still some evidence in support of the latter camp. This video was shared by Twitter user Doctor_Cornelius in reply to the original Tweet, and it features a vintage American Nintendo commercial. At the 1:58 mark, the announcer can clearly be heard saying "The Power Glove for your N-E-S."

So which way is correct? Nintendo is a Japanese company, so gamers may have reason to trust the instincts of the Japanese marketers over the American ones. Either way, if you want to stick with whatever pronunciation you've been saying this whole time, the company is technically on your side.

[h/t Lifehacker]

George RR Martin Confirms Popular Fan Theory About Game of Thrones's White Walkers

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HBO

When your books involve a fireproof teenage princess, an undying royal love child, and a centuries-old witch who can glamour herself as an attractive young woman, an army of unkillable ice zombies is hardly the weirdest thing you've ever come up with.

But George RR Martincreator of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, which became the basis for HBO's Game of Thrones—didn't get so caught up in his world-building that he forgot to include some symbolism. Particularly when it came to the aforementioned ice zombies, the White Walkers.

In an interview with The New York Times to promote his new book Fire and Blood, Martin confirmed what many fans had already believed about these creatures.

"It’s kind of ironic," Martin said. "Because I started writing Game of Thrones all the way back in 1991, long before anybody was talking about climate change." Indeed, the seemingly unstoppable elemental forces that descend from the north to bring nature's wrath on the people of Westeros are analogues for equally dangerous climate change.

"The people in ​Westeros are fighting their individual battles over power and status and wealth," Martin said. "And those are so distracting them that they’re ignoring the threat of ‘winter is coming,’ which has the potential to destroy all of them and to destroy their world. And there is a great parallel there too, I think, what I see this planet doing here, where we’re fighting our own battles."

"We’re fighting over issues, important issues, mind you—foreign policy, domestic policy, civil rights, social responsibility, social justice," Martin continued. "All of these things are important. But while we’re tearing ourselves apart over this and expending so much energy, there exists this threat of climate change, which, to my mind, is conclusively proved by most of the data and 99.9 percent of the scientific community.

"And it really has the potential to destroy our world," Martin continued. "And we’re ignoring that while we worry about the next election and issues that people are concerned about, like jobs. Jobs are a very important issue, of course. All of these things are important issues. But none of them are important if, like, we’re dead and our cities are under the ocean," he concluded.

John Krasinski's 8 Best Episodes of The Office

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NBCUniversal Media, LLC

John Krasinski can jump around in action movies all he wants, but everyone will always see him as lovable goofball Jim Halpert from The Office first, and everything else second. After nine seasons of playing the guy who gave the camera furtive looks, Krasinski made sure that Jim Halpert would be an enduring part of his legacy.

While we probably wouldn't appreciate Jim as much if he was our actual co-worker, he left enough genuinely perfect moments of comedy and drama to be one of the most memorable characters on the show. Here are the best of those moments.

1. "PILOT"

First impressions are everything, and Jim introduced himself to audiences in the best way possible. After American audiences quickly realized that Michael was an incompetent man-child and Dwight was a sycophantic sociopath, they needed someone like Jim to knock them down a peg with a stapler in Jell-O. The first prank and the hint of his future relationship with Pam was all it took to make him the endearing hero of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch.

2. "PRODUCT RECALL"

"Product Recall" showed just about all sides of Jim inside of 22 minutes. One of the show's funniest cold opens (where he perfectly impersonated Dwight for the low, low price of $11) showed off Krasinski's comedic side, while his car ride with Andy demonstrated his sarcastic, fed-up attitude with his co-workers ("Lord, beer me strength."), and his subsequent sympathy after Andy realized he has been dating a high school girl gives the audience a view of his caring nature.

3. "WEIGHT LOSS"

Jim has always been quick-witted, but usually puts some thought into his more ambitious endeavors. That's why it was such a surprise when he randomly proposed to Pam at a gas station in the rain while she was studying in New York. The way he handled her dreams in general was admirable, and this was simply a logical culmination of his support for her.

4. "TRAVELING SALESMAN"

While the episode primarily focused on the Andy-Angela-Dwight love triangle, "Traveling Salesmen" also proved Jim's effectiveness as both an employee and a teammate. His unorthodox sales call with Dwight made them both look like marketing geniuses, and the fact that they could work together at all showed that their perpetual rivalry was built on a bedrock of genuine mutual respect.

5. "OFFICE OLYMPICS"

For the first season or so of The Office, Jim didn't seem to have much going for him at Dunder Mifflin; he was your run-of-the-mill, bored office drone. But then he was given an opportunity to make his workspace a little brighter and he took it, formally organizing and running the Office Olympics. It was clear how much true joy he was getting from the project and how pleased he was to be able to help Michael with it in the end.

6. "CUSTOMER SURVEY"

"Customer Survey" lives and dies on the improvised, three-minute bit where Michael tries to coach Dwight through a fake sales call with ​Jim, who is casually manipulating them as "Bill Buttlicker." Not only did this display Jim's capability to understand others on a fundamental level, but it was one of the series' single funniest moments.

7. "NIAGARA"

Jim and Pam's wedding was one of the moments the show had been building toward from the very beginning. Their wedding, with the forced music number, secret elopement on the Maid of the Mist, and the adorable ruining of the clothes was all saccharine. But the moment Jim messed up and revealed Pam's pregnancy was a welcome reminder that he wasn't quite a perfect spouse.

8. "A.A.R.M."

What can be said. The video that Jim had made for Pam in the series's penultimate episode was as heartbreaking and touching as television can get, and him finally giving the Christmas card to her, a plot line that writers had been sitting on for the better part of seven seasons, was a moment of much-needed closure for the show.

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