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1:02 AM on 04.18.2012

For those of you who don't get the reference to the title of this blog, you obviously didn't grow up in the 80's, you've never played Pro Wrestling on the NES, or you were just never fortunate enough to live through the awesomeness that was this game. The reason I am writing about said title is because it's the first video game I actually remember beating, (That and Donkey Kong...which I'll discuss in a bit). The reason I bring this up is I recently finished "The Binding of Isaac" on PC. This game was literally the bane of my existence for the couple weeks it took me to finish, I don't consider myself to be one to give up easily if I can't finish something, but there were a few nights I nearly did. One night in particular was the first night I encountered "Mom." I had Guppy (9 lives), the x-ray specs, maxed out the coinage, whole bottom row of soul hearts, but only had 3 regular hearts, then I made the stupid mistake of picking up Brimstone... (Brimstone is a charged shot, you hold the button down and it shoots, point being, holding the button down, it's not an automatic shot unless you have chocolate milk but I'll spare you the details...) I finally after playing for what seemed like days, get to her, I'm gonna do it, I'm finally going to end this pain I've been in of getting so close and dying, this was going to be...my run. Well, about 2 minutes later I got annihilated, I somehow managed to suck badly enough I lost all my 9 lives, all my awesome power ups were being left to my dead cat Guppy, who did nothing to help me, I was killed by a high heel surrounded by cankles. This of course had to happen at 4AM, my primal scream not only scared my poor cats who were sitting in my office watching me play, but woke up my girlfriend who was none too happy I'd stayed up till 4AM to begin with. A few nights later, I went back at it, I told myself one more run, I can do this, and I did. That final shot hit her, I got the cutscene, then the credits.

I had accomplished what I set out to do, and can add it to my list of games I've finished (although I'm still working on finishing the game with the other characters).

It reminded me of being a kid when I got the the last level of the NES version of Donkey Kong ( the blue construction zone area before you start over at the beginning) and got the last golden peg, Donkey Kong fell to his demise, I ran out of the room into the kitchen to tell my Mom what happened, I told her of my epic battle with this digitized monkey, how I overcame fireballs, and timed my jumps correctly, how I managed to get the umbrella and tea kettle for extra points, how I saved the princess. I remember my mom looking down at me, telling me good job giving me a hug and telling me she was proud of me. I saw my Mom recently and told her about my finishing The Binding of Isaac, how I stayed up countless nights, had nightmares of Isaac's mom screaming his name, how that game trolled me to no end, but I set a goal and finished it. She was actually confused as to why I would stay up so late when I had to work the following morning and asked me where I wanted to go for lunch. Not quite as enthusiastic for adult me, but for those few minutes, I was 6 year old me again. I was that little kid who went on adventures in the backyard pretending to be Pitfall Harry, who beat Donkey Kong and saved the princess, the guy who with the help of Star Man defeated Giant Panther for the belt, most importantly, I was happy.

Any of my readers, do you guys have a story of a game you beat? I'd love to read them in the comments!

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