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Little Miss Gamer: StarTropics: I TOO hate gender roles!

12:38 PM on 12.01.2007

Earnest Cavalli

Contributor

The Internet is too cynical.

Sure, that's as ironic as my saying the Internet relies too heavily on obtuse references to the key figures of the second World War, but any of you disagreeing with me will only further prove my point. So there!

Am I the only one who remembers a time when gaming instilled a child-like wonder in my generation? A time when we would discuss the events of crudely rendered, pixellated stories with the same gravitas Brian Williams uses when relaying news of roadside bombs in Mosul? Based on that clip up there -- Little Miss Gamer's review/nostalgia-trip for StarTropics -- I'm thinking I'm not alone in my fondness for the old days.

Not only does the video assign the same kind of reverence to the game that early issues of Nintendo Power -- from the era in which it was still readable -- were so famous for, it does so in a completely unironic fashion. The sense of glee in discovering the game's various nooks and bits of fan service is palpable and LMG never relies on terrible humor or hyper-cynical apathy to appeal to the modern gamer; a group as defined by their desperate insistence of vitality and cultural relevance as they are by the fact that they play video games (and have terrible skin). Instead, the video almost enshrines the forgotten classic and in doing so actually manages to provide positivity that is lacking from everything else you'll read/watch/listen to regarding gaming today.

Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, everything that's wonderful is what I feel when we're together!

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