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July 22, 1983


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JAMA. 1983;250(4):493. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340040033025

I have discovered a new video game. I am worried because I am spending more and more of my time playing the game and less and less time practicing medicine. Since this game may become an obsession throughout the country, I felt it my duty to warn physicians about this potential public health problem.

The game is called "PODS and TRONS." There are two opposing sides—the PODS, who are fiends with the names orthopod, eye-pod, general-pod, and ENT-pod, and the TRONS, a gruesome group made up of cardiotrons, dermatrons, radiotrons, and internatrons.

The objective of the game is to keep your own "turf" and to try to acquire turf from the opposing side. The PODS can use knives and lances to defend their turf and obtain a new turf. The TRONS have scopes and magical potions to do battle.

The game does seem rather silly because while the opposing sides