The Shape of Things

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Bowser is the villain of Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. In previous Mario & Luigi games, Bowser is often co-villain, pairing up with someone else, sometimes against his will. He is possessed by the ghost of the witch Cackletta and becomes Bowletta in Superstar Saga. Bowser is possessed by the Elder Princess Shroob after eating a mushroom in Partners in Time. In Paper Jam, Bowser and Paper Bowser form an uneasy alliance, but I found myself wishing Bowser would pair up with someone else, someone who would make Bowser unstoppable.

That someone is Toadette.toadette-pj1

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The Many Faces of Mega Man

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Mega Man is one of the most nostalgic characters for me. As a kid in the late 1980s, I played Mega Man 2 all the time. I watched the Saturday morning cartoon Captain N: The Game Master, which featured Mega Man as a character. And I’d squeeze my little hand into a Styrofoam cup, pretending it was my mega buster and I was Mega Man. I did this in public.

I never found it odd that I didn’t know what Mega Man really looked like. His appearance differed depending on where he was, whether it was in his game games, promotional artwork, or television. Continue reading

Salute the Shorts – Oscar-Nominated Short Films

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Last night’s screening for the Oscar-nominated short films (animated and live-action) brought in a surprisingly large crowd at the small Wilton Town Hall Theatre on a subzero Saturday night.

Sitting through all the animated and live-action shorts takes endurance. Not only does the entire run-time take over three hours, but this year’s animated shorts are some of the most brutal, devastating pieces of film I’ve seen in a long time.

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The False Hero – Personal Space in Tri Force Heroes

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If you’re unfamiliar with Nintendo’s Tri Force Heroes, check out my review.

tfh10My summary is this: it’s a great game ruined by bad people. Why are people jerks, especially in online games? That’s something I can’t answer. But one of the reasons people in Tri Force Heroes are particularly awful is the way they abuse and invade your personal space in the game.

Every video game gives you your own personal space. Perhaps you can customize your character. Maybe. you have a virtual living space to design and decorate. The bad guys are the ones who invade your personal space. They destroy your castle, or they kill you simply by touching you.

Tri Force Heroes is the rare game in which getting all up in other people’s business is a core component of the game. Continue reading

In Fashion – Tri Force Heroes Review

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Tri Force Heroes is a multiplayer Zelda game on the 3DS. With three Links – a green Link, a blue Link, and a red Link – three players work together to solve puzzles and beat bosses. Tri Force Heroes is also one of the most divisive Zelda games in recent memory.

So it is not a popular opinion when I say, Tri Force Heroes is one of my all-time favorite Zelda games. I say this as someone who has played every single Zelda game (except the CD-I installments) and finished them all aside from the original NES titles and Spirit Tracks on the DS. Continue reading

Don’t Set a Watchman

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The best thing I can say about Go Set a Watchman is that no one will ever accuse it of being written by Truman Capote.

For those living in a cave, Go Set a Watchman is a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, the book that popularized the “white people end racism” narrative so maligned in The Help but still celebrated in To Kill a Mockingbird. However, it isn’t exactly a sequel. The alleged story is that Harper Lee wrote this book first, and it was rejected by publishers.

These publishers were right. Go Set a Watchman is a terrible book. The book is difficult to review because it was never meant to be published. Today, it is more of a historical document than a novel. As a readable novel, Go Set a Watchman fails miserably.

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Brake Booster – MK8 200cc Mode

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I hadn’t needed to mash the brakes in Mario Kart since skidding around the corners of Donut Plains 3 in the original Super Mario Kart over twenty years ago. Since then, brakes mean you’ve failed. You’ve stupidly hit a wall and need to make a U-turn, or you have two wheels hanging into space over the edge of a Rainbow Road.

Mario Kart 8’s 200cc mode has changed that, and the need to slow down to move forward is just one of many ways this addition has changed the Karting game.

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