So I’m in California now, but I was born and raised in Ohio and will always be a Buckeye at heart. I couldn’t be more thrilled, then, when the Best D#MN Band In The Land pulled off this incredible tribute to video games during halftime this weekend. Watch for Space Invaders, Mario, Tetris, and more.
In a part I cut out of the revised ANESthetized, I wondered about why there were so many games in which the hero was attacked by animals. There were many of these games, but a few really stand out:
And there are many more beyond these. And while I really hate to nitpick the NES games that gave me so much joy, I had to admit that this is something I just can’t understand. Yeah, you need a constant stream of things for the video game hero to kill. But are these really worthy adversaries for Rambo, Dutch, Ryu, and Samus? Isn’t it a tragedy when these great warriors are brought down by vermin? I think so.
In a part I cut out of the revised ANESthetized, I wondered why heroes in Nintendo games were always rescuing their girlfriends. Not every game followed this conceit, of course, even when the heroes were rescuing girls. Princess Toadstool was not Mario’s girlfriend as far as I know, nor was Zelda Link’s girlfriend. But lots of games did. Here are a few of the many games in which the heroes had to rescue their girlfriends:
Kung Fu – Thomas saves Sylvia
River City Ransom – Alex saves Cyndi
Double Dragon – Billy and Jimmy save Miriam
Adventures of Lolo – Lolo saves Lala
These are just a few of the hero-saves-girlfriend games that came to mind. And I really don’t have any problem with this conceit. I do have to wonder, though, why nobody in Nintendo-land was ever married. Why weren’t they ever saving their wives?