The spark of genius that is traversing the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the NES

TMNT on the NES is an infamous title featuring obtuse jumps, oddball enemy design & an immense level of difficulty. It was one of the first titles to get eviscerated by the newly minted Angry Video Game Nerd, who pretty much shit on everything about the game.

I can sympathize, because when you put a nerd on camera with the title of “Mad”, “Angry”, “Jaded”, etc. by his name, venom will spew, especially if it’s one of his or her first times on said camera to show the internet who’s boss when it comes to decades old NES games. He later came back to admit it was probably a harsher criticism than the game deserved and I would agree. I never thought any of the anger was all that warranted, especially without at least praising some of the unique aspects of the game.

I played TMNT on my friend’s NES and I read the manual back and forth, obsessing over every nuance of the bizarre character designs, the terrible jumps and immense difficulty to the point where I couldn’t help but come back for more. Hell I liked the game more than Turtles 2, an admittedly superior game (in some respects) despite spending one Saturday at a friend’s house finishing it with my best friend at the time.

So needless to say, I like TMNT on the NES. Continue reading

The fear of death in games

Or rather, the lack thereof. This is a look into a very crucial aspect of gaming that I think can be explored further. I began thinking about this issue when watching Children of Men. If you have seen Children of Men, skip this next paragraph. If you have not, please read carefully.

Spoiler Alert: The following may contain something considered to be spoilers of the movie Children of Men. I don’t think I am giving any plot points away, and even if I do so unwittingly, I do not think that anything that you read here will deter you from watching said movie, because it’s fucking awesome and deserves to be seen. I also talk a bit about Heavy Rain and Killer 7 but it’s also very vague, so it really shouldn’t ruin anything for you. With that said...

So yeah, Children of Men, an awesome movie depicting a rather grim and bleak take on a possible future outcome for the human race where people are unable to reproduce. When a woman is found to be pregnant, all hell breaks loose, and Clive Owen must be the bad enough dude to save her from the Dragoninja… or some other radical factions interested in snatchin’ that baby up. One scene from the film, a movie that features explosions from terrorist groups as a part of day to day life and a crazy exploding bike scene, stood out as being exceptionally crazy and rather jarring at that; a long single take in which the protagonist is running in slippers through a prison to rescue the pregnant woman from an extremist group while a military suppression of a full blown prison riot is going on around him and the group that kidnapped her. Continue reading