Category Archives: Video Games

Right Off the Bat

When I played the first Dragon Quest, then called Dragon Warrior, I had a strategy guide from Nintendo Power that described Drakees as flying baby dragons.  This was interesting to me, as it gave a bit of a hint into … Continue reading

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Pandering to Pandavas

I’d been interested in the story of the Mahabharata, even more so since reading the Aru Shah books, in which the Pandavas are reincarnated as teenage girls. So I checked out an abridged edition translated by William Buck. While much … Continue reading

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Right City, Wrong World

One interesting aspect to Philip Jose Farmer’s A Barnstormer in Oz is his indication that the human inhabitants of Oz are descended from people who arrived there from our world, mostly Goths but also Celts and Native Americans. This sort … Continue reading

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So I Says to Mabon, I Says

This past Wednesday was the Autumnal Equinox, so I guess you should keep an eye out for pumpkin Piranha Plants and Koopas in Mario masks. I believe I was first aware of the season change in Super Mario World from … Continue reading

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Fungi and Fun Gals

I’m back on a Mario kick this week. Wait, does Mario kick? I know he punches in Super Mario 64. Oh, wait, he kicks Koopa shells. First, I wanted to look at another Mario mini-movie, Mario to Yoshi no Daibouken … Continue reading

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Not Dying Today

Someone proposed on a Facebook post that you don’t actually kill the monsters in the Dragon Quest series. I don’t think I can link to it, since it’s on a private group. It generally seems like you are killing them, … Continue reading

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Wiggler Wednesday

I’ve discussed many enemies from the Super Mario franchise over the years, but I don’t think I’ve said that much about Wigglers, the giant caterpillars introduced in Super Mario World. Their thing is basically that they’re normally cute, yellow, and … Continue reading

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Death and Transformation

WARNING! SPOILERS for all four movies! Tickled – This is a weird movie directed by David Farrier, a New Zealand filmmaker who stumbled upon sites about competitive endurance tickling for young men. Further investigation revealed that this whole thing came … Continue reading

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The Wedding Thief

Super Mario Odyssey – I bought this once I heard the price had come down somewhat, as I’ve been interested in it. I’m a Mario fan, but I’m generally really bad at the games, so I’m kind of relieved that … Continue reading

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Myriapod Mania

I played a little bit of Centipede at the Silverball Retro Arcade in Asbury Park this past weekend, and I remembered seeing something online about the manual for the Atari 2600 version having a crazy back story. The game, introduced in … Continue reading

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