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Those About To Die: In the Year 200X


I was given a Nintendo Entertainment System on the evening of my fourth birthday. Though Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt and Tetris were the first games that I ever owned for the system, Mega Man 3 was the first title that I specifically picked out for myself. I knew nothing at all about the franchise, save for the busy box art depicting a little blue, armored man shooting an electrified robot. Later, I would question the artistic interpretations of those original sprites I'd come to know as Mega Man and Spark Man, as well as why they were fighting over a fourteen-inch wide ravine, on top of what appeared to be scaffolding.

These are the mysteries.

Over the years, a lot of laughs have been had at the ridiculous nature of some of the less-imaginatively named Robot Masters. Seeing as I have no emotional attachment to any games outside of the original NES six (or Megaman X-X3 on the Super Nintendo), we'll just skip the ludicrousness of "Cloud Man" and Count Chocula lookalike "Shade Man".

Having been forced to depart from the "practical" nature of the original six Robot Masters (who were created by Dr. Light in service of mankind) for subsequent "Dr. Wily" releases, the members of the Capcom team did as best they could to continue a naming convention that at least SUGGESTED some utility, as opposed to being nothing more than walking deathbots. But, let's be fair, when you're introducing eight more robots to each new iteration, you're going to run out of good ideas pretty damn quick. And despite the implied toothlessness of an adversary who's been dubbed "Plant Man", his stage did contribute some of the most enjoyable gameplay and music in Mega Man 6.

Not to mention those aggravating-as-hell grasshoppers.

Originality and ingenuity of enemy robots (or their assigned monikers) aside, there can be no conversation about my current gaming strengths without eventually discussing those original NES Mega Man titles. I am, quite simply, not the most hand-eye coordinated individual in the world, and instead need to rely on observation and tactics if I'm going to stay alive in a virtual realm. What better tutor than a series of games that implies, if not demands, that you quickly learn the patterns of every enemy you encounter; most especially - the Robot Masters.

Sure, the classic "rock, paper, scissors" mechanic that beats within the chest of the series makes for a far easier boss battle, but you'd first have to fight your fair share of Robot Masters to ascertain precisely WHICH weapons work against WHICH bosses. And no matter how perfect your knowledge, you will always have to fight at least ONE boss with nothing more than your buster weapon, which means that you WILL be forced to determine where lie its weaknesses.

It is for this reason that I have always held dear the impressive league of Robot Masters. Observation, precise timing, and counter-tactics are the lessons that I was taught, and they remain with me to this day. They provided me the invaluable ability to recognize pattern in my adversaries and adapt, that I might learn to defeat them as efficiently as possible.

Robot Masters, I salute you.. and take your weapon.
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About Sentryone of us since 1:15 PM on 01.02.2009


-Who He Be-

(This wonderful image brought to you by Beyamor.)

Name: Damon R. Nagy

a.k.a.: Sentry, Jigglypuff, Jam

Damon is a twenty-something year-old manthing what currently "manages" an independently-owned games shoppe ("Game On!") in Denver, CO. He's entertained delusions of intelligence and relevance his entire life, and hopes to someday be recognized as a pundit in several fields, though his insatiable, insufferable ego will likely forever demand more. As it stands, the store he works at cannot afford to pay him, and as such his current gaming experiences are limited to those used titles that come through the store itself, or those rare occasions when his friends should happen to purchase something that he'd also like to play.

This fellow is arrogant, egocentric, narcissistic, and riddled with insecurities, anxieties, and contradictions, but occasionally - just every so often - manages to be a pretty okay, kinda' nice guy. A bit off-putting at first, but if you give him a chance he might just grow on you.

Also, he's very pleased to meet you.

(This one by Antwhan.)

-Where He At-

E-Mail: [email protected]
Facebook: DNagy
Twitter: @Sentry_
last.fm: Syncopaiua
YouTube: Syncopaiua
MySpace: Lemon Lyman

Xbox LIVE: Sentri
PSN: Syncopated

Store Site: Game On!
Store Twitter: @GameOnDenver
Store YouTube: GameOnDenver
Store Steam: GODenver


[Musing] E for Effort: In Good Faith

[Musing] I, the Author: I, the Metanarrative


[Stereotoid guest review] "Stubbs the Zombie"

-What He Play-
(as of February 25th, 2010)

At Current:
God of War III
Heavy Rain
Deadly Premonition
Uncharted 2
Mass Effect 2
Bit.Trip Core

Recently Completed:
Flower* (mmm~)
Bit.Trip Beat (jam~)
PixelJunk Shooter (jam~)
Beautiful Katamari (whee~)

Hopes/Intends to Play/Purchase:
Metroid: Other M
Noby Noby Boy
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

-Favourite Mediastuffs-
(In alphabetical order, so as to avoid ranking.)



28 Days Later
Almost Famous
As Good As It Gets
Batman Begins
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Battle Royale
Beautiful Girls
Benny & Joon
The Boondock Saints
Casino Royale
Chasing Amy
The Court Jester
The Darjeeling Limited
The Dark Knight
Empire Records
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Everything Is Illuminated
The Fifth Element
The Glenn Miller Story
A Goofy Movie
Grosse Point Blank
Hard Candy
High Fidelity
Howl's Moving Castle
The Hudsucker Proxy
Interstella 5555 (Daft Punk)
The Iron Giant
It's A Wonderful Life
Keeping The Faith
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Layer Cake
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Little Shop of Horrors
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lost In Translation
Love Actually
Man on the Moon
Meet Joe Black
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
My Fair Lady
My Neighbor Totoro
Playing By Heart
Porco Rosso
The Prestige
The Road To El Dorado
The Science of Sleep
Shaun of the Dead
Sin City
Singin' in the Rain
SLC Punk
South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut
Thank You For Smoking
V For Vendetta
Vanilla Sky
What Dreams May Come
Whisper of the Heart
White Christmas
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Xbox LIVE:Sentri
PSN ID:Syncopated
Steam ID:Syncopaiua


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