Religion is a very touchy subject no matter where you talk about it. It shouldn't be, but it is. People get all sorts of butt hurt when you bring up one little falsifying comment about their beliefs and then the conversation all goes to hell from there. Thank jeebus this post isn't about religion. But rather, life.
No, this is much simpler than that bullshit (I think). I am referring to the way things are handled spiritually in Mario's cracked out, fungus filled, playground of a world as opposed to our own.
Now in real people world we all know, as a fact without going too deep into Hindu metaphysical beliefs, that when we die, that's it. We're done. Iced. If we go on a crazy quest on foot across 5 different climate types wearing nothing but overalls and a cap, and then fall into a pit, we're through! No retries! No last second wall jumps! It's all very morbid and depressing, but that's how it is.
In the land of goombas, koopas, buzzy beetles and plumbers, as long as you're rich and eat plenty of googly eyed mushrooms, you'll live forever! You can make any mistake you want, DIE, and then come back and pick up where you left off. It's really kind of odd to think about, like, if the same rules applied in real life.
It's like God, or whoever the hell you believe in, would have a freakin vending machine poised above you at all times ready to launch out your replacement clone several meters behind your cause of death. Could you imagine? Getting hit by a bus, re-birthing instantly, and then walking up the street a couple blocks to see your corpse splattered in the middle of 4th Ave? That'd totally blow my mind! Or wait... would the corpse vanish after re-spawn? I don't know, I haven't exactly put THAT much thought into it.
HA! And I guess you wouldn't be able to carry around more than 99 bucks in cash on you, it would disappear when you hit 100. I mean, that's one more death warranted to your life, but those good days at the coffee stands showing off your best cleavage would be all for naught when you count the tip jar to find 4 bucks and a mushroom. Is life really worth that much? I mean, it'd be nice to have a choice, but Mario didn't have one.
Still, if life were really like that, how would beliefs change? Would everyone be more thankful for the continuous chance to restart anew? When their family members die and come back? Would people even need to believe in a God? If they did, would they credit him/her for rebirth? Would several religions still pop up? How would continues work?
I guess if you really think about it, chaos would probably ensue, people killing people because there is no real consequence. Murder would be lesser important to theft. Business majors would live forever and become gods...etc.
It all gets me thinking about who ever came up with the lives system in video games. I mean, talk about another reach for the quest of immortality, or at least wishful thinking. however, I suppose both of those theories could be very wrong and the designer just didn't want his customers to have to start their scores at 0 every time they fucked up.
Just something to think about.
Thanks for reading
- The Capm
P.S. This blog's origins are Michael Keaton's Fault, damn Duplicity.
Video games have been a huge part of my life growing up (it's how I learned to read for god sakes!), and as I progressed into a money making machine at the age of 15, a good chunk of my monthly wages have gone into buying games. I would get a bimonthly check for 600 bucks, 200 of it would go to games. What I'm trying to say here is that I'm a collector.
Usually what that means is that I have WAAAAAAAY too many games and not nearly enough time to play them all, especially RPG's. Now don't get me wrong, I love RPG's, they just might be my favorite genre actually. But when I'm looking over what title I should use to cure my boredom, an RPG looks a bit more than daunting (especially Atlus ones, I can't even tell you how many times I've restarted Riviera and Yggdra Union).
Now a few months ago I'd acquired an amazing girlfriend with which of whom I am deeply in love with. Her fancy lies with Final Fantasy type games, and when we were sitting down for one of our first few dates, she was appalled at the fact that I owned most of the games she loves and have only beaten a few of them.
Like, she almost gets upset. No joke.
I'll have started one of the games, and then not touch it for a week, and she'll ask me all excitedly how far I've gotten, and at that point the only thing I can give her is disappointment. The scolding will then ensue, and my pride as a gamer, or at least what pro status I ever thought I had, will deflate like a balloon filled with farts.
It's kind of nice though, kind of. I mean, since then, I have finally beaten FFVI, FFX, FFXII, Chrono trigger, Chrono Cross, Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts 2, and Dark Cloud.
All really great games, and I knew this, I just never got around to beating them. And with her around, I'm slowly making progress on my collection whilst still buying more and more games. Thankfully, and I never thought I'd say this, but current gen games are WAAAAY shorter than older games so once I hit that bump in VG offspring, I'll be flying through games.
So there you have it, a little peak into my life with my RPG addicted girlfriend, thank you for reading.
I never thought I'd have so much fun tying piranhas to tress, frying sharks with toasters, and sticking mice in ovens without some kind of repercussion, but Scribblenauts has given the world the ability to virtually pursue all of their guilty pleasures, and not without reward!
I've only had Scribblenauts for a day and a half, (and honestly I've spent more time messing around with the opening page than playing the actual game) and I've only gotten through world 2. Now some of these puzzles actually make you think, not everything has a quick fix. One such level, Action Level 2-2, gave me a bit of a tough time. You are supposed to get a Starite without setting off a chain reaction of explosions that ultimately explode your sought after treasure.
So, I try a couple things, i fail, so i decide to try a teleporter.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I clicked "ride" from the action options, and it took me, not to the Starite, but to another world, still labeled "2-2". To be more precise it was an room with an office kind of feel to it, and inside I found six unique people sprites (the only female being a zombie for some reason). I hit the "Identify" magnifying glass button to see what they were.
Lo and behold! It's the genius team of our beloved game in sprite Scribblenaut avatar form sitting in their 5th Cell office!
This little tidbit was enough to get me all giddy, but since the alternate universe was still labeled as "2-2" I HAD to check other levels to see if there was a difference.
Every Level has their own distinct alternate world that the teleporter takes you to. I learned a lot of new words this way. And in addition, the "Time Machine" has a similar function that takes you to even ANOTHER world (but its the same world for every level, some medieval world).
The crew that made scribblenauts is just one awesome easter egg I found, who knows how many more there are! Keep a look out and share them! I love this game!
The 20th Century's greatest offspring, and one of the many loves of my life.
Having a younger father who wasted many a penny on the arcade joints, my destiny was bound to include the magic of interactive technology in some way.
One day, when I was the ripe age of 7, a violent earth quake separated my creators to opposite sides of my world. Life was hectic, and the traveling was rough. I needed to find a midground, a haven of sorts to root myself to. My great grandmother provided me the tools and the training to explore brand new lands full of interesting discoveries and exciting adventure.
The tools: An Nintendo Entertainment System and the dusty stacks of games loved dearly by a veteran gamer.
The training: Intensive backseat nagging of secrets missed, weakspots gone unnoticed, and button combos that became a second language.
3 years is all I had. My master had perished, and I vowed to continue the legacy that I was left with.
Gaming was a part of my soul.
Fast forward to present day:
Currently, I am a buss boy at a sushi restaurant in the great port city of Seattle, where I make WAAAY too much money for what I do. I spend most of it on my number one hobby: Video Games, which i continue to enjoy greatly to this day. I'm only a few months from my 21st birthday and I don't have a lick of college education to back me up in an interview. My decision of what to do with my life still lies unanswered, and will probably remain that way until I find my calling.
It could very well have something to do with video games, I would love that...
However, it could also have something to do with writing, drawing, acting, managing, cooking, designing, or any other number of things that I know I can do and enjoy doing.
My path is unknown to me, but when I do know, you guys will know, for whatever it is, I will be famous for it. No question.
So in the meantime, I am here, on this grand website that is heavily based around its community, bringing everyone together to discuss a subject that is widely received in positive ways.
I am here to share my love of playing the video games, my love of online wit, my love of intelligent arguments, and my love of telling noobs to GTFO with those of you with similar passions.
I intend to meet some great people here, and can only wish that me and my contributions will help in the growth of this fine social experiment.
Every week I make a trip down to Fry's Electronics and randomly purchase a 30-dollar-or-less anime series. It allows for cheap entertainment and neat new discoveries including solid story lines, interesting art, or even awesome references to things completely "out there." The above screenshot is from the anime "Magical Shopping Arcade: Abenobashi." It's from Episode 9 of the series (out of 15). It is clearly a sighting of our beloved Destructoid mascot, and I thought I should share this amazing find with the rest of the community. On a side note, I actually really enjoyed this Anime series and recommend it to all of you japanimation lovers out there who have not yet experienced this sleeper hit wonder.