Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wendy's and the ELANS

I know it's not directly related but what game room hasn't seen some Cheeseburger action? Well I'm here to give you some advice on ordering at Wendy's if you are super hungry and want to save a bit of money. Some friends and I were having a discussion about how to order things at Wendy's. My brother taught me a number of years ago to order a "#4 Combo" with an extra patty if you wanted a better sandwich than a double (a #4 in most of Canada is a Bacon classic combo). So you get two patties, bacon, cheese and the better bun at a cheaper cost than doing the same thing to a double. It was pointed out to me recently that perhaps a better way to order this is get the new "Baconator" combo with "everything on it". The default way the Baconator comes it essentially has the cheese, meat, and ketchup (and mayo I think). I like the lettuce, tomato and pickles so I've tried ordering it with everything. It turns out that so far, they've got it right 50% of the time. To some people "everything" that is on a Baconator includes just what is normally on a Baconator. It depends on whether they trust you, as the ordering party, to say what you want and not what you mean. It's a tough call at times. The upside of going the Baconator route is that it's $0.10 cheaper, and you get more bacon.

Bottom line - if you're hungry and willing to risk the possibility of getting a burger that you're not 100% happy with, go the Baconator route. You'll save that $0.10. If you're not much a risk taker, stick to the #4 with an extra patty. If you didn't know about these options, now you're just a little bit of a smarter consumer.

Talking about games though, I've been selected to be a judge of the ELANS - which is basically like the Oscars only for video games, animation and special effects. It's based out of Vancouver. You may not have heard about it before, but it's a truly up and coming event. The first year was hosted by William Shatner. Last year, it was Seth McFarlene. This year it's Tom Kenny (AKA SpongeBob SquarePants). Victor Lucas of Electric Playground, Reviews on the Run and now EP Daily is going to be talking about the nominees at a press conference.

It's a real honour to be part of this process and I enjoyed it. Although I can't talk about who I chose, the process was interesting and perhaps more challenging than it should have been. But that's what learning is all about.

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