Playing a game just for fun, or, why it didn’t matter that I never got past Level 5 in Super Mario Brothers for the NES

It’s funny how the mind works.  How some memories from years past are bright as day while others are completely dark and fuzzy.  It’s a hard fact that we owned a Nintendo Entertainment System.  This I remember very well, from the rectangular controllers with those damn sharp edges to the cartridges and the mystical blowing technique that was occasionally required to get them to load.


Thing is, the only game I actually remember playing on the NES was Super Mario Brothers (and Duck Hunt, rather Duck Watch, because we didn’t have the gun controller).

Super Mario Bros. cover art © Nintendo (source)

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On L. A. Noire and becoming too emotionally attached (and then detaching)

Happy New Years! We made it 2012…hopefully we’ll all make it safely to 2013 without the help of John Cusak and his magic limo.

In my little household, we started off the year with some cleaning of the digital variety. Yes, it was time to clear out the ol’ PS3 hard drive. And what a mess it was. But it gave us a little time to reflect on the games we played in 2011. Especially notable was the amount of save data for games we no longer had – they were either from Gamefly or we traded them in to enter the late 2011 compound of great gamage.

Of all the data, y’know what I was a little sad to see go? L. A. Noire.

L. A. Noire cover art © Rockstar, Sony (source)

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Need Valium? Why not try Endless Ocean?

Our Wii console is definitely the low man on the totem pole in our gaming hierarchy. This is partially due to the fact that, in recent years, we really haven’t had enough space to play any of the frantic, limb-swinging (but not really) Wii games.  So for the past couple years, our Wii has been secondarily a gaming console and mostly an internet device.

Despite my overarching love for Nintendo, I’ve only purchased and played a miniscule fraction of its games. I should be ashamed of myself, but I’m not. I have immensely enjoyed the handful of Wii games that I have played.

But I really don’t know if I should count Endless Ocean among them.

Endless Ocean cover art © Nintendo (source)

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We are the knights who say, uh, nothing, while riding…our ostriches?

It only takes one word to get my fiancé to perform/recite the following:

Him: *begins flapping arms*

“Screeee..!” (random screechy noise)

“Shp, shp, shp, shp, shp…” (the sound of running bird feet)

“Ting ting ting” (hitting obstacles)

“Ptchhoo!” (small explosion)

“And that’s how it was done.”

Me: “I hated Joust”

Joust cover art © Atari (source)

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“Attack me if you dare. I will crush you.”

I’m writing this post over a plate a pancakes, so excuse me if my words sound a little syrupy…

ha ha…ha…~~sigh~~

I do have to say, though, these pancakes are awesome.  When buying pancake mix, I usually cheap out and go with a “complete” version to which you only need to add water.  This last time at the grocery store, however, I wasn’t paying close attention, and picked up a mix that requires eggs, oil, and milk.  Jeez.  Do I look like Martha fucking Stewart?  Anywaaaay…I gave the mix a go, and they are pretty much the best pancakes ever.

Do you care about my awesomely awesome pancakes?  Probably not.  But I forgive you.  If you think you make the world’s best pancakes, I’d love to hear about it.  Pancakes rock.

But not as much as Street Fighter…II Turbo, that is!

(And how’s that for the world’s shittiest segue?)

Super Street Fighter II Turbo cover art © Capcom, Nintendo (source)

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I wanted something different and found out the world ends with me.

Hmmm….that’s probably bad for the world, but this game is good.  Promise.

When choosing games to buy, I’ll be honest, I don’t stray too far outside my comfort zone.  I’ll play just about any re-hash of a game I grew up on, and I’ll stick close to platformers, RPGs, and 3rd person shooters.   But, every now and again, when my carefully guarded $60 is burning a giant hole in my pocket and there’s a dearth of good gameage, I’ll step into the vast semi-unknown. That’s what happened when I picked up The World Ends With You (TWEWY) for the DS a few years back.

The World Ends with You cover art (© Square Enix, Nintendo, etc. (source)

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Out of the mouths of babes, or in this case, an alcoholic red squirrel

“I wrote another post today,” I mentioned to my fiancé over dinner.

“On what game?” he queried.

Conker’s Bad Fur Day.”

He paused then snickered. “That was a fun game.  Did you mention the singing poop?”

“Yes,” I stated. “Yes I did.”

And dinner continued without incident.


Of all my past consoles, it is the Nintendo 64 upon which I look most fondly. It had so many great games, from my most favorite Mario game of all time, Paper Mario, to my most favorite Zelda game ever, The Ocarina of Time. The N64 came out in the 1990s when several other new consoles, the Playstation, the 3DO, and the Saturn, were also released. It was a time of competition and experimentation for game companies; so while many tried and true games were put out, so to were lots of odd and unusual games, and I’d place Conker’s Bad Fur Day smack dab in the middle of odd and unusual.

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My incomplete journey into the 12th century

We are a Gamefly household.  While we don’t play a tremendous number of games each year, this has been a great investment, especially since has allowed us to try out games before buying them outright.  So what package of happiness came in the mail this week?  Assassin’s Creed Revelations.  My fiancé called dibs, so I won’t be playing it anytime soon. But that’s okay, as I’m still enjoying the crap out of Arkham City.  It’s also okay because I’m still holding a teensy weensy grudge against the original Assassin’s Creed.

Assassin’s Creed cover art © UbiSoft, probably Microsoft too (source)

Before moving on, I want to go on record saying that Assassin’s Creed is one of the most fantastic game series produced in recent times.  I highly recommend the games even though I’ve only played (most of) the first one.  Based on what I’ve read about other people’s experiences with the game, my results are not typical and are probably due to the fact that my gameplay abilities are usually akin to a bull in a china shop.  Unless that bull was actually there for registry purposes, in which case my analogy makes no sense.

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