Put it on Repeat

We’re always looking forward to new video games. New stories, new characters, new gameplay to draw us in. But what about those games that, no matter how old, you’ll always want to go back and replay?

You mean like Paper Mario? Mario Party? Pokemon? Luigi’s Mansion? Though I may be one in the few that absolutely love the Luigi’s Mansion series.

Haha, my top game is Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, but I’m right there with you for Paper Mario (at least the first two) and the Pokemon series. There’s nothing wrong with a few replays of Fire Emblem and Legend of Zelda games as well. I think what these all have in common is memorable characters, while most of them also have a hint of customization to them. Super Mario RPG, Pokemon, and Fire Emblem all let you chose who you want in your party, allowing you to explore other characters and options.

I agree. Those games are so much fun to go back to and play in a different way. Or, like the Pokemon games, you can just continue on past the original main story and play for hours on end. You can’t do that with games like Paper Mario, but there’s something about that game that makes me go back. Even though I know the whole game by heart.

Paper Mario, the Legend of Zelda games… They have certain formulas that you follow (except for Breath of the Wild coming out, which sounds so exciting!), but the atmosphere of the games just keep you coming back for more. The graphics, the characters, the stories… We’re all so in love with them that we don’t mind falling back into them again and again.

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The humor, too! Paper Mario has a lot of great lines, especially from Bowser. Zelda has some humor in it as well, though some of the games, like Majora’s Mask, can be pretty dark. But the darker games have some of the best messages.

Super Mario RPG had a lot of humor too, as well as the memorable characters. Majora’s Mask, Twilight Princess, they were definitely a few of the darker ones in the Legend of Zelda series, but their messages about death, grief, memories and protecting those you love, be it family or a kingdom of people, were all wonderfully crafted in the games. Even if, you know, we didn’t realize the messages when we were kids!

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Super Mario RPG was my favorite game to watch you play when we were younger. I remember loving the part where you have to hide from Booster and when you’re in the cart on the tracks. I also loved the fact that Bowser was part of your team for most of the game.

It was my favorite to watch too when I was younger! I had always bothered my uncle to play the game until I got the courage to give it a go myself. I remember the hiding from Booster part used to make my seven-years-old or so self so nervous that I wouldn’t go any further in the game. After I was able to get through that part, I would be too anxious to go past the part in Nimbus Land when Dodo “polishes” the statues by trying to peck you. In a way, that’s another reason why it’s a game I’ll always go back to. It helped me break out into video games, get the courage to try new styles and genres.

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Ah, I remember that part. That was a good one as well. There are so many new games that are coming out that I want to give a try. Yet, whenever I want to start playing a new or different game, I browse the games I own and always end up playing the ones I’ve played a million times. And I love it.

What game will you never get tired of?


Don’t Forget

Double Jump Kris MiiI apologize for how late this post has come out. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do originally, perhaps talk about the E3 conference, but something tragic has happened over the weekend and it cannot be forgotten.

This is not my usual sort of post, but this is a cause that is near and dear to me. This is also cross-posted on my personal blog, Kris Poli.

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I speak a lot regarding the need for diversity in not only video games, but all sorts of media — films, television, books, etc. People come from all sorts of places and are rich in backgrounds, appearances, ethnicities, sexualities, and shouldn’t be erased from media.

That goes for life too.

My heart is broken for the victims that were caught in the horrendous shooting in Orlando Florida’s Pulse club this past Sunday early morning. Sources have cited that the shooter had pledged allegiance to the terrorist group ISIS and was also a known homophobe and racist. This mass shooting has been the worst America has ever seen in its history.

In the wake of this crimes, I please ask you:

  • Don’t forget the names of the victims who were tragically lost, ranging in ages from 49 to only 18 years old.
  • Don’t forget the members of the LBGTQIA+ community who are struggling to remain strong in the aftermath of this horror.
  • Don’t forget the members of the LBGTQIA+ community who do not have a support system to turn to, who are still in the closet and cannot properly express their grief and terror where they are.
  • Don’t forget the amazing people who have gone in droves to donate blood in Orlando and have donated funds for the families of the victims.
  • Don’t forget to stand up for what is right, to call out anyone who may utter hate against anyone else.
  • Don’t forget that everyone — everyone — deserves to live a happy and safe life.

Finally, don’t forget that this country of ours was founded on freedom and equality. We will fight until that becomes a reality.