Thursday, October 04, 2007

Oldskool: A Postscript

Did you ever have a Game Genie for your NES? We only had that one, not the one for the super NES, but dude it was awesome! I know I know, the cheater in me keeps rearing it's ugly head. So. That's all.


I have been strangely nostalgic today. I busted out the old Super NES and played Super Mario All Stars with M. He mostly thought it was cool that someone else could jump as much as he usually does on a given day. So I battled Bowser only to find that the princess was in another castle, while M jumped around in front of me and I tried not to die.

I also found this list, which is fun. I'm compelled to mention that these are the games I loved playing: Super Mario World, All Stars (with the original Super Mario Bros. 1-3 including the Lost Levels), Mario Kart, Out of this World, Mortal Kombat, F-Zero, Peter Pan, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Zoop, Toy Story, Aladdin, etc. I think most of my memories include my sister and my cousin. I remember driving all the way to Clovis to visit, and then S and I would just play video games the whole time. So fun!

On a related and earlier note, how about this list? How old was I when I played these games, like 9? Do you remember playing Duck Hunt on the original NES, with that plastic gun? How about Burgertime? And Bubble Bobble, Donkey Kong, Paperboy, Tetris, Dr. Mario, and Joe & Mac? Did you ever have a Power Pad and play World Class Track Meet? We used to always cheat on that one when it was time for the long jump. We'd just step off the pad and then tap our foot to land. So honest. I never played The Legend of Zelda, or Contra, but those are two of Ryan's favorites. I know I know, I missed out! I do remember playing Goonies II at my friend's house, and always getting stuck. Ah, the memories.

I haven't played anything much past the Super NES, although we did have a Nintendo 64 later on. I think the only game I played on there was Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64, (with the Rumble Pak), and Mario Kart 64. But since then I haven't played, or really even wanted to play. Until...I got hooked on Dance Dance Revolution at a friend's house! Now I'm thinking that a purchase might be in order. Should I get a Wii? Or an XBox 360? Maybe you all need to give me advice on the matter. Tell me what you think.

Conclusion? Clearly I have admitted how much I must've played Nintendo over the course of my 27 years. A simple list of games that I remember turned into this entire post. Yikes. I wonder how many hours total I spent in front of my own or somebody else's TV trying to beat games.

And seriously, I want your input about what to buy. Pronto.

Monday, October 01, 2007

In Rainbows

Radiohead has a new album coming out. You can get it either by download in October or physically in-your-hand in December. Check out this article that discusses how they're sticking it to the man.

Can I tell you how excited I am? No. Can I tell you how upset I will be if I don't finally see them live when they go on tour next year? Yes: Angry. So, I WILL be going. In fact, I'm little ashamed to publicly admit that I've never been to Radiohead live. I will feel less shame once I have my ticket in hand, and am wearing proper attire.