Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tumblr Repost #4: Two Gameboy Peripherals You Never Knew Existed

This is the last of the Tumblr posts and is around the area that I made the epiphany that I was getting nowhere on Tumblr. As such, it's kind of a bittersweet farewell for me, as I no longer have the ability to copy-and-paste old articles without having to make something new. (JK........ almost.)
Once again, it suffers from being ridiculously short. Most of the posts were kind of like Diet Coke. They were inferior versions of the original and they were hard to swallow. Also, Diet Coke tastes like toothpaste buried underground for three months. Just..... just thought that was worth noting.
And what does that have to do with the article? Absolutely nothing!
Stop asking questions.
Regardless, may I introduce the last of my regrets, or at the very least, one of the thousands that will come. How comforting!
Unless you lived under a rock for a couple of years, you would know that the GameBoy had some wacky peripherals. Some of the most well-known include the GameBoy Camera (Run!), GameBoy Printer, and e-Reader for the GBA. However, there were a couple that thrived in obscurity, and are now worth a fortune; without further ado, here’s a select two that nobody ever knew about.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

That's My 2 Cents: Two Times Colonel Sanders Appeared in Video Games

Colonel Sanders. Arguably the most famous person to ever be featured on a bucket of fried chicken, he's become an icon in the world of fast food. Naturally, he's also appeared in video games.
Considering that Pepsi and Coca-Cola made completely necessary video games that weren't at all a waste of human potential, gaming visionaries decided that the next big face of gaming was a goatee-clad curmudgeon from somewhere in Kentucky. After all, nothing says good marketing like an old man in a white suit!
Trio the Punch (1990)
Trio the Punch is a strange beast, known prominently for this fact that it appeared in an episode of the G-Files as well as having the greatest box art ever. Those two guys..... Just look at them go.......(?)
The whole game is a parody experience which, considering the fact that it's from Japan, shouldn't be all that surprising. What IS surprising, though, is the colorful and bizarre cast of characters and enemies.
Are spike-clad turtles and walking shiitakes a little too boring? How about a sheep made of cotton candy shooting out miniature sheep heads or giant cyan feet jumping all over the place like professional league hopscotch? Lastly, of course, there's Colonel Sanders, doing what he does best; bouncing all over the place like a pogo stick on ecstasy.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Thought to Chew: The Death of Iwata and a Look Into the Future

On June 11th, tragedy struck as Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, gave his last breath.
The man was a legend. He breathed life into every project he worked on. He helped create Mother. He helped compress Pokemon Gold and Silver to half its size to fit in the Kanto region. He singlehandedly ported Pokemon Stadium's battle system in under a week without a reference to look off of.
He did more than just games to keep Nintendo afloat. He refused to go into battle with Sony and Microsoft, focusing more on consumer relationships than the console battlefield. He cut his pay drastically following the shortcomings of the Wii U sales so nobody else on his team would have to do the same. Most importantly, though, he kept the childlike wonder of Nintendo alive. He was unafraid to make jokes at his own expense, and even though we never knew him, he allowed us to feel close to him.
His death caused a hiccup, to say the least. he joins martyrs of the gaming industry, and alongside the late Gunpei Yokoi, helped to define an era. There will be an empty imprint for the years to come, left unfilled by the man, and while his charisma may be gone, we have to move on.