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6:33 PM on 07.04.2015

Why Her Story works and Gone Home doesn't.

I've voiced my rather harsh opinion about Gone Home a number of times around here. I even went as far as to say it was my most hated game of 2013. I haven't touched the game since I played it back then and my opinion hasn't changed a whole lot. Though I will be a bit pompous and say that for a game that got such praise when it came out, it doesn't seem to be talked about that much anymore, something I had a feeling would happen. Gone Home tried to do something unique and innovative and, at least in my opinion, fell on it's face doing so.



In contrast, I just recently played Her Story, a game that just appeared on Steam and was reviewed here on Destructoid with high praise. I have to say that I very much enjoyed Her Story as well. Her Story kept me engaged the entire time I was playing it and I was very much satisfied with my experience as opposed to Gone Home which by the time I was half way through I was forcing myself to play it just for the sake of getting through it.

I'm a fan of games with unique concepts such as the one Her Story presents and what Gone Home presented before I actually played it. Both games actually have slightly similar concepts. Gone Home puts you in a house to explore and rummage through in order to piece together where everyone in the house went. Likewise, Her Story has you going through a database of interview footage to find information on a murder case which was never properly solved.

Her Story in my opinion is a little more interesting in that regard in that rather having everything more or less laid out for you to find like in Gone Home, Her Story makes you actually work to piece the mystery  together. You use certain words and phrases to search up videos in the database which you must watch and pay attention to in order to gain clues to help you find more information. The Database is dated and such you are limited in certain things like how many results you can bring up at one time. There's no rushing through the game in 5 minutes here, unless you happen to just strike on a lucky word the first time, which even then you'd still only be getting a fraction of the story. While you might not get the same experience as being able to physically explore a location it's still quite effective in getting the story across.



Gone Home on the other hand puts you in a house with everything there for you to find laying about. Rather than making you pay attention to certain details to make progress and force you to think about where the story might be headed, Gone Home just has you progress through the house picking up objects one by one until you happen to find something that might trigger an audio log. People were reaching the end of the game within 10 minutes just by skipping past most of the items. If you are able to just breeze right past the storyline then it makes any effort you put into the story rather worthless.

Gone Home takes place sometime in the early to mid 90's and makes a point to show it by littering the house with items of that era. Things like Super Nintendo games and dated movie tickets are meant to take you back and make you feel for a time long gone. First of all, one of the problems goes in hand with one of the other problems I mentioned. You can pretty much skip past all these items to reach the end of the game so again it makes it feel like a wasted effort. Second, this only really works for people who happened to grow up in that period. Most anybody born after 1995 isn't gonna feel a whole lot of Nostalgia for Pulp Fiction movie tickets. Even then it's a very forced way to try and make you feel nostalgic for something.



Likewise, Her Story technically takes place in present day with all the interview footage you look through taking place in 1994. Thing is, other than the dates that each video is stamped with you likely wouldn't even know it was from that time. It doesn't try to go "Hey, remember this?', it simply presents it's story like any other story without making a big point of the time period other than to reinforce the games concept and tie the story together at the end.

Getting into the meat and potatoes here which is the storyline for each game. Without getting into too many spoilers, Her Story is about a woman who was accused for the murder of her husband in 1994. The case was closed but never properly solved and the archived interview footage was lost during the Y2K debacle. You've been brought in to use a special database engine search up the videos and watch them to piece together what happened. As you watch videos certain clues like peoples names, places, times, events, etc. will come up which you must use to search up more videos and as such find more clues.

The Videos are live action and all feature the same woman and the actress who plays the woman does a fantastic job. She really makes you feel for her character and again without spoiling too much, her character goes through several emotional and mental states which she does a very believable job in portraying. The story itself has all sorts of intersting turns and twists that make you want to keep searching up more of the story and by the end I was very much satisfied with the results. While there is a point in the game where the mystery is more or less solved, the game never properly ends and leaves some things open but in a way that doesn't make you feel cheated.



Gone Home puts you in the shoes of a girl that comes home after studying abroad to an empty house with your parents and your sister missing. You are then tasked with exploring the house and over various objects and such in order to find out what happened to them. The sisters story is the main one that's presented in the game which as you find pieces of her journal around the house, you slowly discover what's been going on with her while you've been gone and where she is now. Unlike Her Story, the plot from here is pretty straight forward and becomes rather predictable early on.

You learn the main story by finding journal entries around the house, which again makes most of the other items in the house pointless. Each entrie causes a narration by the sister character which I can only desribe as bored sounding. She gives little emotion and energy when reading her lines which isn't helped by the fact some of her dialogue isn't very good either. Much of the story I can only describe as a cliche teen drama with some slight changes that come off more as an attempt to be unique rather than really serving a purpose. Halfway through the game it was quite apparent the direction the story was going and by the end of the game I was holding out for a much needed twist that never happened.

I said before that your Sister's story is the main one that's the forefront of the game, but underneath that is the story of your parents for which I have to give credit for, is where the game actually shines a bit. While your sisters story is easily found, the parents story is much more subtle and you actually have to look for it. Amongst the objects you come across in the house are notes, letters, papers and such that all tell the story about what happened to the parents with no narration surrounding it. It's entirely up to you to find out what happened to them and ultimately come up with your own conclusion to, which frankly should've been the entire game. Instead of leading me along linearly through the house to hear a story I've seen hundreds of times on TV before, let me go about and piece together my own story from all the objects there.


I can probably go on a lot more but I want to end this before I just start repeating myself. In the end, I found Her Story to be immensely more entertaining and memorable than Gone Home and I hope to see more games that do something interesting and clever like it. Her Story is only $6 and made me way more interested and more emotional than Gone Home which is still $20.

Unfortunately It doesn't seem to be getting quite the same press as Gone Home did and I'm afraid that it will eventually just get swept under the rug, which is a shame because it deserves much more than that.

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7:28 PM on 05.30.2015

More Kick Ass Art: FanimeCon Part 1

Fanimecon was last weekend and I am still exhausted from it. I have never done a full weekend at a convention before and this took a bit of a toll on me. Four days is a bit much for me to be on my feet, but in the end it was all worth it because I had a fantastic time.

I wrote a bit about my experience last year in my last blog and this year I decided to try and experience as much as possible. I also brought a friend with me for a couple of days which was great as well as he had never been to a convention before.

So to start off with, I got all sorts of new art prints this year. I gave myself a set budget on the amount of money I was gonna spend on stuff this year and of course in my impulse buying fashion I spent twice that much on the first day. There were lots of great artists there this year and since my knowledge in games and Anime have increased in the past year, there was all sorts of stuff I wanted to get.

Everyone seemed to think the prints I got last year were pretty cool, so I figured I'd go ahead and also show off the ones I got this year. I did my best to look up and remember all the artists that I got prints from this year but I couldn't quite get all of them so please forgive me for that.

So to start with is this adorable Ninja Turtles one by Potatobuns. I saw this and just thought it was too adorable to pass up.



These next two are paintings by a guy who goes by Hyperbooster. This Metal Gear Solid one of all the different Snakes caught my eye as I passed by his booth.

Also this amazing Thundercats one was too awesome to pass up.

This Devil May Cry one by KentaroPJJ is one of my favorites.

He also did this Persona 4 one. I've finally just about beaten Persona 4 so I've been pretty hooked on it.

These next 3 are by Kamaniki who also did some of the Final Fantasy and Zelda ones from my last blog. After getting her Final Fantasy VII and IX ones last year, I had to add this FFX one to my collection.

I also just recently beat Kingdom Hearts 2 for the first time so I was all about this Kingdom Hearts one.

On top of those, this Ryouko and Satsuki from Kill La Kill were hard to pass up as well,

These next 3 by xdplushie are amazing. This first Super Smash Bros. one was phenomenal.

I just recently got into Gurren Lagann, so this Yoko caught my eye.

Also this Mako in her Two Start Uniform was pretty awesome as well.

These next 3 are by Baimonart who also did the awesome Team Rocket in my last blog. I love his art style so I wanted to grab a couple more of his. This Ryouko and Satsuki one was pretty great.

I really like this Mako one. It's definitely one of my favorites from this year.

Also this Gurren Lagann one is fantastic.

These next two Kill La Kill ones are by Konoe. Did you guys figure out that I love Kill la Kill? I sorta made it a point this year to get some Kill la Kill prints and such these two were a must get. this first one of Ryouko and Mako is just super cute.

This one of the Elite Four is pretty great as well. Gamagoori is one of my favorite characters.

I have to say that this Majora's Mask one by Alex Chui may be my favorite one of the bunch. I just love the color and detail of this one.

This next Persona 4 one by onemegawatt was the first thing I saw when I walked into the Artist hall and was definitely a must get.

These two fantastic ones are by Julie Nquyen. This first Super Smash Bros. Brawl one was absolutely phenomenal. The fact she managed to fit every character on here is pretty awesome.

This Persona 4 one is also very awesome.

This Cowboy Bebop one is by a guy named Mike Luckas. He had a lot of fantastic prints but by the time I got to his booth I had already spent way too much money so I had to limit myself to one.

This one of the ladies of Capcom Vs. SNK by Kissai was pretty hard to pass up. I like how they are all standing around an arcade machine yet they are all focused on Sakura playing her PSP.

Hopefully this next one isn't too NSFW. I have a bit of an infatuation with Velma from Scooby Doo, so this one by REIQ was all too tempting. This is just naughty.

This next one of Rocket and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy by Bonnie Tang was also just too adorable.

These next 3 are by Coughdrops who's work I've actually seen posted here on the site a couple of times.  This one of Batman and all his sidekicks eating ice cream was too cute.

This Persona 4 one was quite adorable as well. Oh, just so you guys know for the record. My Persona 4 Waifu order goes Yukiko>Marie>Chie>Naoto>Rise.

Of course I had to also get this Kill la Kill one of Ryuko and Satsuki in bunny outfits. Mmmmm, carrots.

This Binding of Isaac one by TheKiwiSlayer (Great Name) happened to be the last one she had so I of course had to grab it.

Unfortunately I can't figure out who did these two which sucks because I love these two of Satsuki and Ryuko. Also to settle that argument, Satsuki>Ryuko. Of course that said, Mako>Both.

This Tomb Raider print by Chukairi was pretty awesome. I don't care what anyone says, the new Tomb Raider was great.

Of course I had to get this Satsuki as well.

Also this Chun-Li she did is quite lovely.

Finally, this Bayonetta mixed with Okami painting by Efrain Farias is just beautiful. Unfortunately he was out of full sized print so I could only get a Post card sized one but it is still one of my favorites of the bunch.

Well there's all that. There are some amazing artists out there and I'm glad to own these fantastic prints that I can show off. Hope you enjoyed them as well.
On the next blog, I talk about the Con itself including pics of some awesome Cosplayers, meeting the voice of Scorpion and Ira Gamagoori, winning some Hentai with my fantastic voicework, Speed dating to disappointing results,  and much more.

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7:40 PM on 04.08.2015

Some cool Art Prints I got (NVGR)

So our beloved black grandmother Occam's has posted some blogs of the fantastic artwork and statues he has collected and not long ago that Sexy Muffin Seymour Duncan (I totally didn't realized that rhymed til after I typed it) posted some of the cool stuff he's collected over the years as well. So I thought it might be cool to do something similar and show off some stuff that I've collected and am proud to own.

So to start off with, last year on a whim I decided to go to Fanimecon. I had no idea it was going on and was coming home from work when I passed by the convention center and saw the plethora of cosplayers walking the streets. I had never been to any convention before and so I decided to buy a 2 day pass to check it out the last 2 days. It was spur of the moment so I ended up going by myself and wasn't sure if I would end up having a lot of fun. As it turned out I had a blast checking out the booths and panels, meeting people, taking pictures and just overall enjoying the atmosphere.

In the end I spent a good chunk of change on buying various prints from some of the many incredibly talented artists there. You'll have to forgive me though as I unfortunately can't remember most of the artists names. Also sorry if the pictures are a bit fuzzy. The Lighting in my room is weird.

First here is a print of an awesome watercolor painting of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as portrayed in the classic Star Wars: Return of the Jedi poster. This was painted by Britt Hover who had many many fantastic watercolors including ones for Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword in similar fashion. As a childhood fan of Ocarina of Time though this one resonated with me the most, though if she had a Majora's Mask one I would've been all over it.

 

Along with that I also bought an original watercolor she did of Princess Garnet from Final Fantasy IX. Final Fantasy IX is my favorite Final Fantasy and this immediately jumped out at me when I saw it.

 

Next following up watercolors is an awesome print of an oil painting of Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. I saw this one from all the way across the hall and B-lined it to this guys booth to get one of these.

 

I saw next one of Team Rocket from Pokemon and just thought it was adorable. I haven't watched any of the shows or played any of the games for a good decade now, but Pokemon is still something that I hold dear from my childhood so I thought this would be cool to get.

 

This next one is definitely one of my all time favorites. I honestly haven't watched a whole lot of Anime, but Cowboy Bebop i'd say is my favorite one I've seen so far and this crossover with Pulp Fiction is fantastic.

 

Following that is this Space Dandy poster also done up in the style of the classic Star Wars poster. Like the Zelda one, I think the combination works quite well.

 

These next three were all from the same artist who unfortunately I can't remember his name, but I love these pieces. First is this Zelda print encompassing roughly every major character you can think of from the series to date. I can't imagine how hard it was to figure out how to fit all these characters on here.

 

Next is a Final Fantasy IX print similar to the Zelda one encompassing all the major characters from the game. As I said, I love Final Fantasy IX so this was a no brainer for me.

 

This next one I picked out because the artist had a buy 2 get 1 free deal so along with the Zelda and FFIX print, I decided to pick this Final Fantasy VII print. Confession, I've never actually played Final Fantasy VII, but I do like the characters and this print is pretty sweet.

 

This next one of Morrigan and Lilith from Darkstalkers was done by Jessica Gaona who also go's by Jessie Con. She also had all sorts of cool prints of some of the male Street Fighter Character's if they were women. When I saw those along with thise I decided I'd also commission a drawing from her.

 

I've talked many times before about my infatuation with Lulu from Final Fantasy X, so while at the convention I was on the hunt for a print or poster of her. Unfortunately I couldn't find any so I decided to commission a sketch of her from one of the artists. I saw some of the work Jessie had commissioned for other people and decided that she would be more than sufficient. She also cut me a deal as she had decided to start doing digital sketches and decided to start with mine. She ended up sending me this which is way cooler than I expected it to be.

 

Finally, on the last day of the Con, I heard that famous cosplayer Yaya Han had a booth set up. I'm quite a fan of her work so I was excited to be able to see her. I'm a big fan of Who Framed Roger Rabbit so I had to buy her print of her as Jessica Rabbit. She was incredibly sweet and she hugged me after signing it for me.

Fanimecon is at the end of Next month and I'll definitely be going again this year along with hopefully talking some of my friends into going as well. I had an absolute blast and I recommend anyone who's into anime and is in or near the Bay Area to check it out. I hope you guys dig some of the stuff I got.

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4:54 PM on 03.27.2015

It's my Birthday! Come grab some free games!

It's my Birthday today! And what does that mean to you guys? Free Games of course!

Yesterday, fellow resident GoofierBrute decided to give away a bunch of games for his birthday. So because I like to ride on the coattails of others, I've decided to do something similar by giving out a whole bunch of games.

Thing is though is that I have a whole lot of games to give away and can't really think of any clever way to go about it. So basically if you want a game it's first come first serve. Tell me in the comments what games you want on the list and I'll PM you the code. All the games are redeemable on Steam.I'll likely PM the codes out tommorow or the next day as people request codes. Also, No more than 3 games per person to allow as many people to get games as possible.

Anodyne     

Antichamber     

Batman: Arkham City GOTY     

Blocks That Matter     

Braid     

Broken Sword: Director's Cut     

Cave Story+     

Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble

Dynamite Jack     

Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes     

English Country Tune     

Freddi Fish 1: The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds     

Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse     

Frozen Synapse

GIGANTIC ARMY     

Guardians of Middle-earth

Guardians of Middle-earth: Smaug's Treasure DLC

HOARD     

Incredipede     

McPixel

Nightsky     

Oil Rush

Organ Trail: Director's Cut      

Pajama Sam In: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside

Probability 0     

Proteus     

Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon     

Putt-Putt Joins the Parade     

Reus     

Serious Sam: The Random Encounter

Spy Fox in "Dry Cereal"     

Star Wars Battlefront II     

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords    

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP     

Surgeon Simulator 2013     

Swords & Soldiers HD     

The Whispered World Special Edition     

To the Moon     

Tower of Guns     

UFO: Afterlight         

Waking Mars     

Ys Origin

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6:17 PM on 03.06.2015

What's up with me and some AMA

Hi Everybody. Some people in the blogs lately have been opening up a bit about what's going on in their lives and I just wanted to take a moment to do the same. I've been having some ups and downs lately and I just wanna get some stuff off my chest as well as interact with you guys a bit. I've said it before a couple of times, but I really want to tell everyone here that I love you and appreciate every single one of you. People have been making lists of their favorite 9 Dtoiders the past couple of weeks, but you probably won't see a list from me because there's no way I could narrow down only 9 of you and I'd honestly feel bad if I ended up leaving someone off of it. Even anyone that I may have had some negative interactions with on here. At the end of the day,  I wish no ill will towards anyone here as we are all just people that love games and playing games and talking about games and..... cocks.

So to start out with I've been helping my dad deal with a lot of big issues lately. First off, I absolutely love my dad. I'm not exaggerating or just blowing smoke up his ass when I say that he is honestly the smartest person I know. He has taught me so much from how to read and write to major life lessons that I will take with me throughout my life. He has been through more stuff than most people have in several lifetimes and I am proud to be his son. So right around christmas time, my dad started seeing a new doctor in order to help with some problems he had. He's had both diabetes and Hepatitis C for several years now and he had finally planned to go through treatment to hopefully get rid of his Hep C. He had some tests done and was told that everything looked good for him to go. So cut to a couple of days after new years eve, my dad gets a call informing him that he needs to make an appointment with the radiology department to stage his cancers.

Yes that is cancers, plural. Apparently my dad not only has a large tumor in his liver, he has a rare type of tumor in his esophagus as well. As I said, my dad has been through lots of things in his life, yet finally when it seems like he's finally gonna get a break, he gets its all slammed back in his face. So now the past couple of months have been him going through stress and frustration as he goes through the process of getting ready for whatever they plan to do about it. From what he's gathered so far, they've caught them both in pretty early stages and his odds currently are pretty optimistc. He is now going to Stanford hospital for his treatment and is actually working with the head of the Liver department there as well as working with a myriad of other doctors which gives us more confidence. I still live with my parents so I've been at least around to help him out but it is definitely getting hard to see him go through this.

Meanwhile, I'm going through my own medical issues as well, though not nearly as drastic. I don't know if I've talked about this, but I've been going through some medical treatments to help with a condition I have with my teeth. To put it simply, I have a condiion that causes me to grow extra rows of teeth. About 5 years ago now, I had a surgery to remove most of them and in the passing time, I've had two other surgeries to remove more. As of now I have had over 26 teeth removed from my mouth with possibly even more to go. Right now I'm currently wearing braces to straighten my teeth out, but I may likely be going in for another surgery to fix my underbite, which from what I've heard, isn't a very pleasent experience.

My Teeth.... Not Really

Besides all of this, I've been going through my usual bouts of depression, of course amplified with all of the current situations going on. I'm finding it harder and harder for me to wanna get out of the house and when I do I for some reason find it so hard to focus. I have so many things constantly running through my head that It's hard for me to just stop and focus on one. I tend to smoke weed to help relax me a bit, something I'm not exactly ashamed nor proud of to admit, and it does help me cool down a bit and tackle one thing at a time, but I feel I'm getting to a point where I may be relying on it a bit too much which I don't want to do.

To try and turn this depressing tale around, things aren't entirely bad on my end. I'm currently working on getting my license and have saved up enough to hopefully get myself a car. Once that happens I'll hopefully be able to get a new job where I'll feel a bit more secure and confident. I've been working on my music a bit more, not enough to where I'm quite ready to share it yet, but enough that I feel I'll have something worth posting in the near future. I finally got a new internet hooked up at my house which is way better than what I was using. No more ridiculous bandwidth caps or shitty upload. I was even able to play a couple of rounds of Team Fortress 2, though I don't think it's good enough for something like Titanfall or Mario Kart 8. I still have a lot of hope for my future. I'm turning 23 at the end of the month and I still have a long life ahead of me. I only have vague plans and dreams on what I want to do, but I'm confident that I'll accomplish them no matter how long it takes.

So now that I've been a downer, I wanted to do a little bit of AMA. I don't feel that I interact with you guys as much as I'd like to and I'd like to try and open up a bit more to you. I have some time off coming up, so I had a couple of plans of things I kinda wanted to do. I have my Secret Santa game I'm nearly finished up with and need to write about still, and I had some plans in possibly following in our resident Dreamweavers footsteps with some Hentai/Doujinshi related blogs. Also thinking about maybe writing some game reviews basically just to see if I can.

So don't be afraid to ask me any question you want. Don't think you have to ask something serious either because of the initial tone of my blog either. Like I said, I love you guys and I'm open for anything.

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8:18 AM on 01.02.2015

Here it is, ooktar's 15 fetishes. You filthy animals. (NSFW)

Note: There's no actual nudity in the photos, but some are still somewhat risque and the overall subject matter may be offensive to some so the NSFW tag is just a precaution.

Okay you heathens. I've finally broke down and decided to post up my top 10 list of stuff that  gets me off. While the list is actually pretty tame for the most part (at least what I consider tame),  it certainly isn't something you should share with your children and some stuff on here might  be a little surprising to some. I talked about how I hate doing favorite lists of any kind in my last blog since I have so many tastes that are always changing, but I did my best to break my fetishes and fantasies down to this selection here. I should also note that I may or may not have been wearing pants when I compiled this list, take with that what you will. I'll try to start with the tamer stuff and work from there.


First of all, here's some honourable mentions:

Lulu

I don't normally go crazy over female video game characters (at least not since I was 14), but  my recent foray into Final Fantasy X has got my head wrapped around the games female black mage  character Lulu. Her incredible statuesque beauty and figure, her affinity towards accessories (she attacks monsters with stuffed animals, how awesome is that?), her seductively calm voice, her intelligent stern personality, she is pretty much my dream girl.

Girl on Girl


Pretty generic and common, but something that I've always been interested in. Seeing two (or more) females engage in various forms of debauchery is something that never gets old to me. Whether it's the taboo of two females together, or just getting to see multiple girls naked at one time.

Rough/Punishing Sex


This one is only something I'm into once in a blue moon. Seeing girls get sexually punished and get a little rouged up is something that every now and then entices me. I for the most part am pretty submissive instead of dominant when it comes to sex, but every now and then I like the opposite and want to watch some women take a little punishing. Now I don't condone rape or abuse against women and I would never attempt to force myself on a woman, but porn for the most part is about fantasy, and there's nothing wrong with getting a little rough so long as she is okay with it.

Now, the actual list.



15: Milfs/Mature Women


This one's also pretty generic and basic, but it definitely is one of my #1 turn ons. I've always been attracted to older women. While my friends are always checking out the younger teeny boppers, I'm always looking around for the cougars on the prowl. I tend to relate to people older than me and I'd gladly take an older experienced woman who could teach me a thing or two over most of the chicks that are around my age who have zero personality.

14: Latina/Spanish Women


¡Dios Mios! For some reason, I've recently grown a great attraction to women originating from  south of the border. Between their golden tanned skin, sexy thick accents, seductive eyes, and  their propensity on having very voluptuis features all make up for my ideal woman. My dream one  day would be to settle down with a beatiful Spanish girl who'll love me all during the day, and  then punish me into the night.

13: Tattoos


I hear a lot of guys who don't like tattoos on girls. I don't know why, personally I think it's  incredibly hot. It's not very common to see girls with a lot of tattoos outside of Suicide  Girls. I can't describe it without sounding silly, but it gives girls a "Bad Ass" appeal which also sorta goes in hand with another turn on of mine I'll get into later.

12: BBW


A number of people here listed BBW's on their fetish list, and I'd like to throw my hat into the ring as well. I'd gladly take a girl with some extra fluff over some skinny girl who's bones stick out like an ethiopian child. I'd love a chubby girl to ride on top of me smothering me with her tig ol bitties.

11: Girls with Abs/Muscles


A vast change from the last entry are girls who got some extra muscle on their bones. To quote Cowboy Bebop "I love a woman that can kick my ass". Girls working out is a big turn on and having a fit girl who can take charge is a fantasy of mine.

10:  Girls talking casual or on the phone during sex


This might be seen as kind of out there, but sometimes I'm more turned on hearing a girl talk casually when she's engaging in sex instead of the standard moaning and wailing. Seriously, even hearing a girl talk about the weather while she's getting plowed is strangely captivating or even her chatting to her friends on the phone. I can't describe exactly why it is, but it just is,

9: Clothes on during sex/CFNM (Clothed female, nude male)


Following up girls talking during sex are girls wearing casual clothes during sex. No these are not joke entries, these are things that I actually jerk off too (how do you like that image in your head?). Girls stripping few if any clothes off in order to have a little afternoon delight is another strange turn on I can't really describe. I guess it's the idea of girls wanting to have sex in a hurry or some weird thing like that.

8: Public/Car sex


Going along with Girls with clothes on is people nude or having sex in public or the back seats of their car. I lost my virginity in the back seat of a car (a story that I plan on sharing eventually) and have always found it very titilating. Also people having sex out in public where just about anyone can come across them is a nice taboo that I'm very much into.

7: Female Domination


Going somewhat hand in hand with my fetish for muscular women and girls with tattoos are women who like to take control of their men. I said above I'm pretty submissive myself when it comes to doing the dirty, so I prefer it when a woman wants to take charge. Not so much to the point of wearing gimp masks while some mistress stomps on my balls with her stilettos, but I certainly don't mind her breaking out the hand cuffs and whip and if I really like her, I might be willing to break into a little strap on play.

6: Glory Holes


Yep, the infamous mystery holes of debauchery. Mind you I'm mainly turned on by the act of seeing girls engage with them as opposed to sticking my own member in one. Watching a girl work on a strangers cock sticking through the wall is a very captivating taboo. Because I'm 100% positive that the first thought on a girls mind when she see's someones dick sticking through the wall is "That thing should've been in my mouth already like 5 minutes ago".

5: Squirting


Girls who can squirt has become a pretty popular fetish in recent years, and I am amongst those who are fascinated by these human bellagio fountains. Girls squirting is something that I've been fascinated by since I first witnessed it. Most girls orgasms are rather visually unappealing as there's not much flair visually, so seeing a girl squirt 5 feet across the room when she climaxes is a bit more satisfying to see.

4: Rimjobs


The Rusty Trombone, Tossing the Salad, Analingus, whatever you want to call it. Both giving and receiving rimjobs is something that I have been fascinated by. Admittedly it ties in with my virginity story, but the idea of someone sticking their tongue in someones dirty hole is very much a turn on.

3: Incest/Mothers and Daughters


Now I myself am not attracted to anyone in my family, but the idea of family members getting it on is a very exciting thought. I actually know some friends whom are brother and sister that I've fantasized about them having sex sometimes. My main Incest fantasy though is Mother and Daughter incest. Mom's "teaching" their daughter's about sex or putting them through various sexual situations is very arousing in a forbidden sort of way.

2: Golden Showers


Probably the "Grossest" thing that I'm into is peeing. While I personally wouldn't pee on a woman (unless she requested it, which even then I might have some reservations), and I wouldn't just let any woman pee on me, but watching a woman let loose her bladder is something that I somewhat shamedly am turned on by. If I knew a girl well enough and we were both cool with it, I'd let her go ahead and let loose on me face like Chuck Berry. I've dealt with enough fluids and gross substances that pee is a pretty minor thing to deal with. Blood and Scat however are completely out of the question.

1: Transsexual girls/Futanari


Probably the number 1 fetish I've been fascinated with are Transsexuals. Beautiful girls packing something a little extra between their legs, I just can't describe my adoration with T girls. Maybe I'm just fascinated by cocks but not really interested in guys so Trans girls are just a way to get to look at cocks with the benefit of an attractive female body attached to it. Whatever it is, I can honestly say I would be more than willing to hook up with a beatiful Transsexual girl who would take me both ways. Hentai futanari girls definitely fall under here too (Bible Black anyone? Dreamweaver?). To make it weirder, I actually dig some of the ridiculously huge cocks featured in futanari hentais.

So there it is, my filthy dirty list of things that get me rock hard. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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12:24 AM on 12.22.2014

ooktar's whole bunch of games I liked from 2014

2014 was a pretty good year for me as far as Video Games are concerned. I picked up a Wii U  back in June which has given me an excellent selection of games thus far with many more  promising titles to come. A number of games I was really looking forward to came out this year  and for the most part they all managed to meet if not exceed my expectations. while there were  a few disappointments throughout the year, I can't say there were any games that I outright  hated as opposed to previous years.

I generally have a hard time choosing any one favorite anything let alone 10 as my tastes are  ever changing. What I choose this week may very well be completely different the next. There  were a lot of games I played that I really liked and to only choose 5 or 10 games would mean  omitting other excellent games I want to highlight. So fuck it, I'm breaking the format and  just gonna list a bunch of games I liked from this year in no particular order.


Death Skid Marks


You wanna know how awesome this game is. I only bought it just last week and it's already one  of my favorite games of the year. Take the fun arcade action of Spy Hunter, load it up on some  Booze and Meth, and toss it in a heavy metal bar and you get Death Skid Marks. A roguelike  arcade action game that puts you in a world where you got to traverse a  long treacherous  highway filled with crazy religous fanatics, intolerant rednecks, crazed female groupies and a  slew of other undesirables in order to get to your favorite bands gig.

Pick up hitch hikers on the way and load them up with weapons and drugs to help you out and  upgrade your ride to take more damage and push other drivers off the road. A fantastically fun  silly and addicting game that I see myself playing over and over for a long time to come. As  soon as I saw this come out I knew I had to play it and I am not disappointed in the least.


Far Cry 4



While Far Cry 2 was a pretty vast departure from the first game in the series and Far Cry 3 a  pretty vast change as well, Far Cry 4 doesn't do as much to change up the formula this time  around as the previous two entries did. It feels more like an expansion upon the previous game  rather than a full sequel which some might view as a bit lazy.

Thing is though, Far Cry 3 was a fantastically fun open world action game game and Far Cry 4  expands on it just enough to manage to make a fun formula even better without overdoing it.  Additions like the Buzzer copter, Autodrive, special syringes, elephants and more make an  already fun experience even funner.


Fract OSC



I've talked about how much I love music in the past, so Fract OSC is a game that's right up my  alley. A game where you have to solve puzzles with music, Fract OSC puts you inside a TRON like  world where you explore the inside of a musical synthesizer. Progress through the world by  manipulating the landscapes by composing music on various sequencers.

As a big fan of both TRON and musical synthesis, this game resonates with me incredibly.  Exploring the world and watching it pulse to the music is a fantastic experience and the bonus  of an unlockable interactive studio makes for an incredibly unique game.


Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker



In my unpopular opinion, Super Mario 3D World was a tad underwhelming for me. It certainly  wasn't a bad game in any way but for some reason I didn't feel it was as fun as the reviews I  saw seemed. Funny enough, the biggest highlights for me though were Captain Toads bonus levels.  The fun little puzzles were a unique and fun experience in their own right and when I heard  that they were making a whole game based on his levels I was ecstatic.

I can honestly say that this is the most fucking adorable game I've ever played. Hearing  Captain Toad say "Ready for Adventure" never gets old and him and Toadette are the cutest  couple I've ever seen. The levels are all fun and the puzzles are the perfect combination of  relaxing and challenging. I hope to see more of Captain Toad's adventures in the future.


Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes



Ground Zeroes is regarded by many as a overpriced demo, and while I can't really blame people  for that based on the length, I feel calling it a demo is still a little harsh. To the average  gamer, Ground Zeroes may be pretty underwhelming, but to fans of Metal Gear Solid, there's a  lot more on offer than what's on the surface. For the avid Metal Gear Solid fan who tend to  take multiple playthroughs through each game to check out all the options available, the one's  who like to beat the game on every difficulty and find all the secrets, or the one's who just  like to have fun in the world, there's a little bit there for everybody.

Ground Zeroe's map is ripe to explore multiple times through to try and perfect your strategies  and learn the ways of the new mechanics the upcoming game will have. It does exactly what it  was meant to do, to give players an idea at how The Phantom Pain will play out helping it  solidify itself as my most anticipated game of 2015.


Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor



They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and Shadow of Mordor wears that quote  in spades. While many of Shadow of Mordor's mechanics come straight out of other popular games  like the Assassin's creed and Batman Arkham series, it at the very least manages to competently  pull them off and pour enough of it's own personality into the mix to still make for a unique  game experience in it's own right.

The story melds itself into the lore of Middle Earth well enough and save for a few appearances  from Gollum, doesn't go overboard with fan service or anything like that. Plus the Nemesis  system makes for some interesting moments and unique encounters and overall Shadow of Mordor  was a fun game regardless of the originality of its mechanics.


Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus



Senran Kagura is one of the breast and funnest games I have on the Vita. It's mechanics are similar to that of the Dynasty Warriors games and are simple enough to grope and master but challenging enough for more experienced players to have fun with. The plot is silly and fun and the character's all have unique charms and personalities.

Tit's hard to think anyone could be offended over something that so clearly doesn't take itself  seriously. Between this and Senran Kagura: Bon Apetit, I hope this means we'll get to see more  games like this reveal themselves in the west.

......Boobies.


Jazzpunk



Jazzpunk is Pop culture references done right. While something like say Family Guy or recent  episodes of the Simpsons rely on Pop Culture as a cheap way to try and stay relevant, Jazzpunk  takes pop culture references to an extreme that it never get's old. Recreate Cape Fear in a  movie theater, Punch a car to death Ala Street Fighter II or play some Wedding Quake.

They say Humor is the hardest thing to pull off in a video game and Jazzpunk managed to make me  laugh from beginning to end. Some reviewers said that the games gags wear thin towards the  second half, but I myself was engaged throughout the whole game and would go as far as to call  this one of the funniest games I've played. Plus you can spray Cheese Whiz all over Jim Sterling.


Road Redemption



Road Redemption is currently in early access on steam and yet is more fun and addicting than  most finished games I've played. Road Rash is one of the few racing games I enjoyed as a kid and when I heard that a spiritual sequel was in the works I was immediately all over it and in no way am I disappointed. One of  the few games I've backed on Kickstarter, this is everything I've wanted so far in an updated Road Rash game and it's not even done yet

With fantastic graphics, fun driving mechanics, a slew of different weapons like swords, C4 and  sawed off shotguns and ridiculous scenarios including racing across roof tops and raining cars on the road, Road Redemption is a fantastic arcade style racing games that even people who don't normally dig racing games will enjoy.


Alien: Isolation



The Creative Assembly definitely had some pressure put on them to deliver the goods this time  around after last years disaster, and boy did they. Alien: Isolation is a nice return to form  for AAA Survival Horror games. With it's fantastically accurate representation of the Alien  universe and it's gripping and intense gameplay, it may easily become my favorite horror game  of all time.

The main thing for me is that after all these years of seeing the famous Alien so many times in  the movies and different games and such, I wasn't sure if I'd really find the Alien  intimidating. Creative Assembly however managed to make the Alien a truly formidable foe that I  was constantly on the edge of my seat when trying to avoid it. A true testament to both the Alien franchise and Survival Horror games.


The Wolf Among Us



Telltale's The Walking Dead was a fantastically gripping game that had me engaged from  beginning to end, but this years The Wolf Among Us really solidified Telltale's talent for me.  With a cast of wonderfully written characters and an interesting back story and world, Fables  gritty take on classic fairy tales resonates with me a lot as a fan of fantasy.

Telltale have solidified themselves as one of the best narrative writers in games today and I  really hope to see much more of The Wolf Among Us down the line. So hurry up and finish  Borderlands and Game of Thrones god dammit.


Final Fantasy X HD



I don't give a shit if the game actually came out 12 years ago, Final Fantasy X HD is a prime  example of HD editions done right. I missed the game back when it was initially released, and  though I did own X-2 I never got around to beating it either, so bundling both games in their  definitive versions together in one package is perfect for someone like me who missed out  inititially.

With a slew of extras and enhancements thrown in and all sorts of new endgame content, I'm  still chipping away at the game after nearly 9 months and haven't even started X-2 HD yet. Between  these and the Kingdom Hearts HD collections, I hope this is the start of more remastered games  being made for new audiences.

Super Time Force Ultra



Capybara games over the top game about travelling through time and causing mayhem across the  world is one of the funnest sidescrolling shoot em up platformers I've ever played. Using time  control to use past versions of yourself to progress through levels and beat bosses, Super Time  Force Ultra is a truly original experience that for me came out of no where.

With an incredibly funny plot that had me laughing out loud and a whole ton of unlockables and  extra's, Super Time Force Ultra is definitely going to be in my memories for a long time.


Mario Kart 8



8 games later and the Mario Kart series manages to feel fun and fresh in arguably the best  entry in the series since Double Dash. Admittedly, I haven't kept up on every entry in the  series, but Mario Kart 8 feels definitely has the vibe earlier entries in the series which as  someone who still plays the classic N64 version regularly is fantastic.

Similar to Road  Redemption, Mario Kart 8 is the perfect racing game for people who generally don't like racing games. A bunch of unlockable drivers and customizable karts make for a fun replayable experience and  the combination of new levels and updates of classic levels make for what seems like the Greatest Hits of Mario Karts along with some excellent DLC done right.

Hyrule Warriors



Combining Dynasty Warriors and Zelda sounds like an awesome formula on paper, but could've  easily gone awry if not done right. Tecmo Koei manage to combine their Hack and Slash formula  with Zelda's universe in a way that they meld perfectly. The Dynasy Warriors formula works  perfectly with Zelda's universe and there's plenty of fan service for Zelda fans

With a fun story that contains my favorite Zelda antagonist to date, several game modes and  tons of unlockable content, and some excellent DLC to check out, Hyrule Warriors is an incredibly content rich game that I'll be playing for quite some time.


South Park: The Stick of Truth



South Park is one of the few TV series that I've watched consistently since it aired. I  remember watching it with my family during christmas time and the shock they were in when  Cartman proceeded to sing "Kyles mom is a big fat bitch". So when I heard that the creators  were working hand in hand with Obsidian to make a full fledged South Park RPG I was absolutely  stoked.

While I agree with the most common complaint that the game is a bit short, fact is there's at  least a full season's worth of content in the game and it is in every way shape and form what I  wanted from a South Park game. Explore the whole town, interact with it's characters, fight  zombie nazi's and homeless people, everything that someone who follows the series would want to  see is there.


Shovel Knight



While I may not have been born in the 80's or grew up during the so called "Golden Age of  Gaming", I nonetheless started out on the classics while many other kids my age had already  moved on to the age of polygons. Duck Tales, Mega Man, Super Mario Bros. 3, Castlevania, I grew  up on all those games and each one had their hand in influencing Shovel Knight. A fantastic  love letter to the 8-bit era of gaming.

Taking classic simple video game mechanics and updating them for a whole new generation, Shovel  Knight is a game that'll appeal to those who grew up on the classic platformers of old as well  as a whole new audience of gamers.


Olli Olli



While the Tony Hawk series took a steady decline towards the end, I was loyal to the combo  based skate boarding series through and through. I still go back and play the first couple of  games with my friends for fun and even later entries like Underground and American Wasteland  were fantastic as well. So now during a time when skateboarding games are as dead as Western  Movies, Olli Olli comes out of the blue with a fresh take on the classic combo based skating  games that I grew up on.

While the game may only take place in a 2D perspective, there's just as much depth to the  tricks as any one of the Tony Hawk games and makes for both a challenging and addicting game.  Another game that I hope to see more of in the future.


Octodad: Dadliest Catch



I said above that Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker was the most adorable game I've ever played,  but Octodad comes in a pretty close second with his fatherly antics. Just the idea of a game  where you play an octopus trying to go about an average persons day to day life without people  finding out is already an incredibly ambitiious idea on paper. To actually pull it off though  is something else and they managed to pull it off.

Dragging your tenacles one by one trying not to attract attention is just an incredibly  humorous and silly experience.


Super Smash Bros.



Super Smash Bros. is a series that I've adored since the beginning. My friends and I grew up  and still smash on the N64 version to this day and Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U is  just about everything we've wanted to see in a new Smash Bros. game. An incredible roster of  characters, customizable moves, A slew of game modes, more fun and unique arenas, and 8 player  battles all make up arguably the best entry in the series.

Like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. almost seems like a Greatest Hits collection for the  series taking all the best elements (except unfortunately the Ice Climbers) and combining them  into one amazing game.


Bayonetta 2



I know I said that I had a hard time choosing one single favorite game, but I'd be lying if I said that Bayonetta 2 wasn't the game I was most looking forward to this year. Not only did she  exceed my expectations, she took them, slapped them around a bit, did a nice sexy dance, and blew my expectations out of the sky.

I don't think I've talked about my adoration for the Devil May Cry series, but next to Metal  Gear Solid, it may be my favorite game series of all time. When I was a kid, Dante was the most  bad ass character I had ever seen and hacking and slashing enemies was my favorite thing. The  series went on to become my favorite action game series and while games like God of War were  fantastic action games in their own right, none of them quite had the flair the Devil May Cry  series had.

While Capcom's been busy trying to reboot the series when it didn't even need one, Platinum Games went ahead and filled the void with Bayonetta. Bayonetta's combat and tone feel much more  like a proper Devil May Cry sequel than last year's disappointing reboot. The controls rock  solid, the difficulty challenging but fun, the character's interesting and memorable, and the  amount of content is incredible.

So Bayonetta 2 was obviously a must-buy for me. While I bought the Wii U for a number of  different games, the main reason was most definetly Bayonetta 2 and it was in every way shape  and form worth it. Thank's to Nintendo for making it possible and Platinum Games for being experts at their craft


So there you have it, my way too long list of fanastic games from this year that I played. If  you managed to get through all that let me know what you think.

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1:49 PM on 09.15.2014

(NVGR) If you play guitar, you need this Hatsune Miku pedal.

Yes, this is a real thing that is coming out.

I for one look forward to stepping on her big metal penis and making her squeal with my guitar.

Korg Hatsune Miku Guitar Pedal

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11:39 AM on 05.06.2014

10 Silly Things about ooktar.

10: I live in a cabin in the woods.

With Shitty satellite internet with a daily bandwidth cap, Fuck Hughesnet.




9: I'm an avid musician.

I play Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Keyboards, but my expertise is the Kazoo and the Rain Stick.

8:  I'm 22 5'4", 125 lbs, Long Hair, Hazel Eyes, and a nice trimmed 6.5 Inch....

oh wait, that was supposed to go in my craigslist ad.

7: My favorite game console is the PS1.

Followed very closely by the N64, but I had a bigger library for the PS1. Metal Gear Solid, Spyro The Dragon, Medievil, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy IX.

6: Frank Zappa is the Greatest Musician Ever. Period.
If you don't know who that is, go to the record store right now and buy every album of his you can find. You will become a better human being.



5: I got 5 Cats.

Their names are Boo Boo, Kisses, Spooner, Fuzzy Butt, and The Claw.

4: On Second Thought, My favorite game console is the N64.

N64 had the better games. Goldeneye, Super Smash Bros, Mario 64, Paper Mario, Banjo Kazooie, Perfect Dark, all some of the most memorable games I've played.

3: This one time I was at a party, and me and my friend were drinking, and we were doing shots together when then we decided to make margaritas, but we didn't have a blender or any ice. So we just started doing shots of tequila and chasing them with Margarita mix. The last thing I remember is waking up on my friends couch wrapped up in a towel with no pants on. Apparently I had thrown up and fell on the kitchen floor, where I then started to roll around in my vomit. My friend kindly undressed me and layed me on his couch while he washed and dried my clothes.

You know you have a true friend when he's willing to wash your puke stained clothes and let you crash on his couch in nothing but your boxers.


2: I have a metal plate holding my hip in place.

I was born with my hip pretty much backwards. I can walk and run fine mostly, but it does feel sore every now and then.


1: You know what, fuck it, its all about the Virtual Boy.

Wario Land for Life!

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3:18 PM on 12.25.2013

Merry X-mas from Ooktar!

Just figured I'd add in my Christmas Wishes to the wonderful people here. I've only been here a short while, but in that short time I've come to love the community here and am very fortunate to find a place as welcoming as Destructoid. Thank you all!

And now as a special Christmas Treat, I Present the Christmas Miracle that is the origin of ooktar. Enjoy.

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4:36 PM on 11.04.2013

You'd best Holster that weapon.



So I wanted to do a blog about choices in video games and games where your decisions in the main game can affect the gameplay, game world, ending, etc. But I don't feel like I could tackle it in one blog, so instead I figured I'd start smaller and work my way up from there. To start out, I'm a huge fan of RPG's, specifically one's where your actions choices in the game can affect the overall game. I've been fascinated with the concept since playing games like Planescape: Torment and Fallout when I was a kid. I played those games over and over just to see the different possibilities.

That's not to say that I don't love other game genre's, Despite RPG's being my go to favorite, I love games of all different genres. One such game that I loved recently was Bioshock: Infinite. Everything from the story to the game world I thought was fantastic. But one thing that started to bug me while I was playing it was how I constantly have my gun out. Now I know for the context of the game that it is understandable for Booker to have his gun at the ready at all times, but I couldn't help but feel this awkward feeling that I had when I wasn't allowed to put my gun away in situations that it felt appropriate to do so. Lets face it, its a little hard to focus on Elizabeth's fear of Violence when your waving your gun around in her face.





I realize that all in all, this is just a minor pet peeve that doesn't really take anything away from the game, but I couldn't help but feel that the game would feel just a bit more intuitive if I had the option to just holster my weapon. While I can't say that adding the option would instantly make the game that much more amazing, it would at least help draw you into the world a bit more, especially when the world has so little to interact with. Since you don't really have the option to talk to anyone or have a direct impact on the games story, at least being able to holster your weapon would help give people the option of being able to immerse yourself in the game world a bit more.

I think that just little details like that can make a game more unique and interesting, especially when their built upon. One of my favorite memories of Fallout was having to holster your weapon when you enter a town. You can either holster it and not deal with the townsfolk gunning you down, or you can keep it out and try and take the town out (usually ending in disaster). Or even more subtle as to how certain characters react to you whether you got your gun holstered or not, like being more or less friendly, or even not willing to talk at all.



Details like this in my opinion really add to the games immersion and overall charm. It proves that even the most subtle additions can add quite a bit of depth to a game. So get your gun back in your pants.   read


3:00 AM on 07.26.2013

My Gaming Story: I caught My Mom with the Plumber



I was young when it happened to me, maybe 4 or 5, I can't remember exactly when. Some of the images are fuzzy now, but there are still things that time will never erase. I've learned to live with the memories, but I've yet to forgive those involved in scarring my mind and forever changing my life, and probably never will.

I guess the full story goes back to before I was born. My parents fell in love quickly and did not take long to marry. They were an incredibly happy couple until one day, My dad introduced my mom to a "friend" of his. He told my mom that he was in the plumbing business and how much fun he was. My mom was very much intrigued with his friend and they quickly hit it off.

Mom hung out with similar friends before. She remembered her old friend Harry who unfortunately died in the jungle after falling into a tar pit, and that one girl with the Pink Bow on her head that popped pills and said she kept seeing ghosts. But of course this new friend was different. No one quite like him had the charm and experience that anyone else had at the time. He was a well known and established figure by then, but was still humble about where he came from.



Mom, Dad, and the plumber were always getting together to have a good time til eventually, I came along. Once I was born, my parents priorities straightened out which meant less time with the plumber. It wasn't long after that Dad started to lose interest in the plumber altogether, which only made Moms relationship with the plumber grow and before they knew it, she was spending almost all her time with the plumber.

Of course my dad grew jealous and he attempted to find new friends to sway her attention. There were plenty of great contenders, like his elf-like friend who liked to wear green, or his masculine hairy friend with the red tie and faux-hawk. And while mom did find mileage in these newer friends, none of them quite lived up to the same standards that the plumber had placed.

Unfortunately, while she was always happy to spend time with the plumber, she did not quite have the patience and they never actually made it all the way. She continued to spend time with the plumber on and off through the years til one fateful evening.

My parents did good to try and keep their friends secret from me, fearing who knows what kind of influence they would have on me. Knowing their own behavior and feeling towards their friends, they decided to wait til a more appropriate age to introduce me. Unfortunately, they couldn't keep it secret enough.

I remember going to bed early and laying there tossing and turning trying to fall asleep. I'm not sure what kept me up but perhaps it was fate that I happened to not fall asleep that night. As I stared into faint darkness, I suddenly heard noises from downstairs in the living room. At first I could not make out what it was, til then I realized it was my mom. I could not hear what she was yelling, only that it sounded strangely frustrated yet joyful at the same time. I creaked open my door and tip toed to the top of the stairs where I could finally make out my mom's words.

"Dammit Mario, Jump you fucker!". Mario? Who was Mario and why was my mom angrily yelling at him to jump? "

Get out of the way you Bitch! Ah Fuck!". At that point, I had seen my mom yell at people, but not with this level of ferocity

"Yes Finally, Almost There". Almost where? Of course my youthful innocence couldn't picture the risque scenarios that could've been taking place.

At this point I could no longer just listen and had to see for myself what could possibly be happening. Slowly crawling down the stairs, I crept through the kitchen into the living room. Skulking behind the couch as to not be seen, I peered around the corner.

And that's when I saw him...



He almost looked like someone out of my dreams. The Mustachioed man in Blue Suspender Pants, (Which I happened to have several pairs of at the time.) and the big M on his Hat. It was nothing like I've ever seen. He ran back and forth across the screen, jumping to and fro. As he kept running towards the right, a turtle walking upon hind legs appeared, to which he jumped on his head, grabbed his shell, and threw it across the screen.

It was unlike anything I had ever seen, the world was colorful and beautiful, and the music was catchy and amazing. I had never seen Pixel Art before and was immediately drawn to the style. No cartoons or movies or in fact anything at that point were remotely close to what I was witnessing. 

Then I remembered what brought me there and looked at my mom. She was unaware of my presence and completely enamored in what she was doing. I then noticed in her hands was some strange thing with buttons that had a long cable connected to it. As she kept pressing buttons I kept looking at the screen and finally put it together that she was in fact controlling Mario's actions. I was in shock and awe at what I saw. Interactive TV? Being able to control what's on the screen? The very Idea was almost too much to handle.

Still cussing to herself, she was completely focused on the screen almost immersing herself in the game. When Mario would run right, she would start leaning right and every time Mario jumped, she would jerk the controller upwards as if she was having an effect on the game. Finally, Mario shot across the screen and through the goal at which my mom jumped from her seat in a heat of excitement. She had been playing for years at that point was finally near the end of the game.



As she settled back down, I finally decided to come out of hiding so I could inquire about what I had witnessed. I stood and walked around to the front of the couch, startling my mom and causing her to jump. I inquired about what I had just seen, and knowing that I wouldn't let up til I got an answer, she explained to me how she met Mario and that she was going to eventually introduce me. Of course I was still in awe of what I saw and didn't care about why she didn't tell me about him.

Finally she sat me down next to her and let me try it. She started me on the first level and taught me the controls. I was frustrated at first taking me several tries just to beat the first level, but once I got the hang of it, then it was over, I was hooked. Of course I wouldn't give back or put down the controller and after my mom left for bed finally, Mario and I stayed up nearly all night. Before she left though, she turned to me and told me "Just don't let your dad know".

The next day, I spent nearly all day with Mario, pretty much only getting up to eat and use the bathroom. By the end of the day, I had managed about half way through the game. My mom who was impressed decided to let me help her on her save file. By the third day, me and my mom were taking turns trying to beat the game. When we finally got to and beat Bowser. My mom hugged me with both a sense of relief on her part and a sense of pride on mine. I'm proud to say the first game I ever beat was Super Mario World with my Mom.



My mom introduced me to all her other games after that. I quickly likened up to them all and many of which I still enjoy to this day. The next year my dad got me a computer which opened me up to a whole other world of games, but I still continued to play my SNES. My mom has since moved on and while I still occasionally get her to play as well, she now finds joy by herself playing solitaire and browser games.

Would I enjoy games as much as I do now had I been introduced to them differently? Who knows. My parents, though they don't really play them any more, are still both fascinated by video games so It's likely inevitable that I would've learned to love them eventually.

Of course though, I'll never forget that my mom was the one that started it all. Her and that filthy plumber.   read


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