Welcome one and all to the second and hopefully even more awesome month of Educate Yourself: Destructoidís Classic Game of Your Month Club. If you donít know whatís going down go here and read up on all the wonders that are the Educate Yourself. So as I said in Aprilís wrap up post the club didnít quite meet all itís goals and that is mostly my fault but that doesnít mean we canít come roaring back this month with more awesome than youíve ever experienced. Awesomeness well over 9,000. How, you ask. Well letís start with this months game.
Iíve have literally never played this game at all. This is a pretty big rarity as at some point Iíve usually at least touched a game and played it a bit but between Splatterhouse being insanely violent, my parents and the lack of any of my friends owning a TurboGrafx-16 I never really got the chance to play one of the original games of gore and violence. So thatís one reason I chose it for this month.
There are a few other reasons though, least of which is the fact that the series and its hero Rick are coming back in a big, ultra gory, super pretty way. Iíd feel ashamed if I picked up the new game without the slightest idea of where it came from or why I should even care. I seriously doubt theyíll make it so you have to play the first three games in the series to understand this new one but that doesnít make the previous games any less important. With the glut of new games heading out that are based on retro games (EGM has 35 in this months issue) itís never been more important to know the origins of gaming classics. Another reason playing Splatterhouse is timely is because, thanks to the recent release of GTAIV, violence in video games is once again at the forefront of media. What better to way to smash down the idea that games cause violence then by diving into the first ever game to have a parental warning. Celebrating gamingís brutal and bloody heritage while not going off and killing an entire school only helps to prove that isnít the games causing all this trouble, itís the media. Itís also a good chance to look back and see if the game is only well known for its blood and gore. A marker in history but not a great game? We shall see.
There is one more reason too. Look at the picture above. That bad guy has chainsaws for arms. Fucking chainsaws for fucking arms. If that doesnít shout must play to you I donít know what would.
Where to Get It Wii VC Ė 600 points (I would link you but Nintendo doesnít actually have it listed as a downloadable game on their Wii website. Guess it doesnít go with the whole family friendly feel. I just downloaded it though so I know it is there.)
Ebay - $10-$20 Amazon - $23 - $84 Not Here
What to Write About Iím not going to list the basics here like I did last time but just some random ideas.
Violence in games - first well known violent game is a great spring board for any discussion.
Good beyond the violence Ė Plenty of games have notoriety, that doesnít make them great games though
Why is a 2x4 such an awesome weapon?
Greatest horror game heroes Ė Where does Rick stand?
Rick? Really, thatís the best they could do?
Jason vs. Rick Ė This showdown had to happen at some point.