For Our Consideration: It’s time for the extra life to die

Wisdom teeth used to be pretty useful. Back in the good old days of human development, our ancestors apparently had bigger jaws and more teeth to help with chewing raw plants. As our dietary needs changed alongside our growth as a species, folks just didn’t need a third set of molars for grinding up greens. Yet all these years later, our genetic coding still occasionally pops out a couple of these teeth. For a lot of people, they’re harmless. For others, the impact of giant honking bones in the back of their mouth causes severe pain and structural disruption to the rest of a tightly arranged jaw.

When you fire up a video game in 2015 and it explains that there are extra lives, a set number of times you can die or fail in trying to accomplish a task before the game ends entirely, it’s a …

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