slammerkinbabe: (!wtf (mario wtf))
So there was this Nintendo game I played as a kid, and I've forgotten the name of it. It was one of my favorite games ever, even though every other Nintendo-player I knew in the world thought it was boring as hell. It was an RPG, I guess, but it was missing most of the things that make an RPG fun. All it was was that you were this little dude wandering around somebody's kingdom. He didn't have any specific tasks or missions or anything and there wasn't any ultimate goal that would end the game. He just wandered around the countryside, and every so often he'd run into a bad guy; the easiest bad guys were nearest the castle and the hard ones were further out. When you met one you had to decide: run away or fight? If you ran away, nothing happened and you wandered around some more. If you stayed and fought and won, you gained experience points and could fight better next time. If you lost, which I'm pretty sure was synonymous with getting killed, you could restart without losing any of your experience points. I know. There's a reason this game bored everyone but me, right? I don't even know why I loved it so much. It's not like it had amazing graphics or anything (I remember the graphics being weak even for 8-bit Nintendo). Part of it, maybe, was because it was different from other Nintendo games in that there was never any particularly bastardly bad guy who drove you crazy but you HAD to beat him because otherwise the princess would never get rescued. And you never had to start over completely, so dying was pretty much consequenceless. I think when you died you got sent back to the central palace and had to "start over", but since you retained your experience points, you could make your way back to wherever you'd been before with ease.

Anyway, the other thing I loved about this game was its particular brand of adventure. This adventure was supplied far more by my imagination than by the creators of the game, but I did love the sense of gaining strength and moving steadily forward into deeper danger and mystery. The thing I loved best was the specific names of all the enemies you fought. At the beginning they were some pitiful little things, I forget what, and the scariest thing you might hit would be a magician or a wizard. (For some reason I remember those as being early on but then a warlock as being way far out and incredibly difficult, but I could be misrembering, because what?) At first I would be so happy when I could beat one of those. But I'd keep going and all the enemies would be these great things from old fantasy lore, and soon magicians would be old hat (har) and you'd have new scary/awesome things to beat, and the element of surprise was just the best. Were you going to stumble into some harmless troll you could take out with one shot, or would you turn the corner and be face-to-face with a griffin? If you met the griffin, should you take the risk? I will never forget the shivers that shot down my spine every time I ran into a wyvern. I didn't even know exactly what a wyvern was, but the name, and the vague grainy pixelated shape on the screen, and especially the sheer amount of life it took off me every time I took a hit from it wete enough. It was one of the highlights of my childhood when I took down my first wyvern.

I was getting to the point where I could tangle with chimeras when my cousin Chris erased my game. I still haven't totally forgiven him.

Why am I on about this now? Well, because I now have both an original NES and a Super Nintendo emulator* on my Droid. I got the NES one awhile back, but it's only recently that somebody put together an app that compiles a listing of all available ROMs that are compatible with the Nesoid system. All of a sudden there are hundreds and hundreds of games available to me, and I desperately want this one! Only I can't remember the name of it.

What was your game of choice growing up, kids? Mario? Zelda? Megaman? Final Fantasy? Donkey Kong? Paperboy? Yo! Noid? Maybe it was for Atari or Sega and I never heard of it. Maybe it was for Nintendo 64 or PSwhatever and you think I'm an old fogey. Maybe it was Pong and I think you're an old fogey.** Anyway, let's reminisce. What were you playing at the birth of the technological era?***

And what *was* the name of that game?


*Nesoid and Snesoid, and if any of you with Droids want to relive your childhoods while riding the subway, I *highly* recommend them. They cost like $3 or $4 each and all the games are free.1 So worth it, at least to me.

**Actually I would not think that, for the very good reason that my parents gave me a hand-me-down Pong game when I was a kid and I played it plenty, believe you me. Oh God I really did play the most boring games in the world.

***N.B.: "Board games" is an acceptable answer. I will be appropriately abashed.

1Although of course you mustn't download any games that you don't own. You'll note that I own whatever game it is I'm describing here. I just don't know exactly where it is. Probably in a box in my parents' attic, and I'm allergic to their attic.

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slammerkinbabe: (jane in songcatcher)
So Jane Adams is in a new movie called Lifelines1, 2. Here are some things to note about this movie:

  • It is getting good reviews.3
  • It is the first movie in which Jane Adams has had top billing, or indeed any sort of major role at all, since Happiness in 1998.
  • It is only showing in New York and LA.

When I originally wrote this entry I drafted it out in Notepad and I had a very long and punctuationless spiel here about how I was posting a poll but the posting of the poll should not be taken to indicate in any way shape or form that I was considering either or perhaps any of the options that it included, because so far from considering them I didn't even know what they would be or how many of them there would be, hence the "either or any" part, because sometimes my fingers just take over and ask things about Hannah Montana and it is not my fault at all and no one should ever suspect that I would do anything as wacky or excruciatingly uncool as the options that I think my fingers might want to type into the poll only I couldn't be sure, you see, because I hadn't typed it yet. Anyway, I forgot to copy-paste that part, and then I closed Notepad without saving. I know you all mourn its loss. Ahem.

We now return to our regularly scheduled broadcasting:

[Poll #1381297]

Thank you for your input. Of course I have already forgotten what the poll says, my fingers’ muscle memory being short; but I am sure I will value your contributions.

1Yes, the movie used to be titled Wherever You Are, and no, IMDb hasn’t caught up with the change yet.
2Yes, the art on the movie poster for this looks exactly like the one for Happiness.
3”One of the most exquisite images on screen this year was the lovely face of the brilliantly talented Jane Adams, who plays Nancy, the mother of a profoundly dysfunctional family in this film from first-time writer-director Rob Margolies.” There are other good reviews but this is the one I am plucking because I TOLD YOU SHE IS AWESOME AND ALSO BEAUTIFUL, I TOLD YOU ALL, AND NOW MOVIE MOM SAYS IT TOO, AND SURELY YOU WILL NOT CONTRADICT THE AUGUST (ALBEIT ADVERB-ADDLED)iAUTHORITY OF MOVIE MOM



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λ: Oh, I'm mad at the allergy fairy. She gave me lots of allergies and I did not want them.
KYLIE: Not many people want them, I think.
λ: But she is not fair. Some people do not get any allergies at all, and some people get lots and lots.
KYLIE: Maybe the allergy fairy is a drunkard. She weaves in the air when she is flying and so lots of allergies fall out of her basket in some places and then none at all in others.
λ: I think that makes lots of sense.
KYLIE AND λ: ::pause::
KYLIE AND λ: ::burst out laughing::*

My poor girl is sick, though, and not just with allergies. We went to a Chinese place in Harvard Square for lunch, and the fried rice tasted amazing and then made both of us very sick. I threw it up and felt better, because I throw up all the time, thanks to medications. But λ doesn't throw up, apparently, and so she is still miserable. I went out to get her Pepto-Bismol and came back with saltines, Diet Coke, chicken soup, white bread for cinnamon toast, and popsicles... and no Pepto-Bismol. I am really not very good at this life thing at all.

Oh well.

Breaking etymologico-grammatical** debate, here: when you say "lots", what kind of lots does that mean? λ said I was writing lots, and I said I wasn't writing that many lots, and she said that only makes sense if you are talking about auctions or property, and I said, well, what kind of lots are they if they aren't those kind of lots? It's a strange word. I want to know more about it.

But maybe I should write fewer lots.

A lot*** has been going on, actually, but it's kind of strange and will take a long time to write about, so I think I'll leave it for tomorrow morning. But... hmm. Life is an interesting thing, sometimes.

I go forth to the land of Nod.****

*Any time you guys want to stop hearing about pointless bits of girlfriend dialogue, you know, feel free to give me a shout.1
**I like making up words. ::defiantly:: Lots. But if you are really really going to insist, I suppose you can pretend that says etymological/grammatical. I mean, if you are boring and whatnot.
***See? You can have one lot! And it is in the same sense as the lots referenced above! I win.
****That does mean the land of sleep, right? My juvenile literary references get confused when I am tired and still a little bit sick.

1On my comments page. Even an email'd do it in a pinch.i

iI like footnotes.


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