So it's finally happened. Dr. Sparkle has got a video on the darned Youtube. And its not even a video of my cat falling off a window ledge or anything; it's an official Chrontendo video. To make matters even stranger, the video is one of those video game list thingies that are clogging up the internet. It was too long for one video, so it was into two parts, the second being here.
For the moment, the Ten Worst NES/Famicom Games of 1983-1987 is a Youtube exclusive. What's the reasoning behind making a video based around such a tired, overused concept? There are tons of such lists, perhaps this one is the most famous, but the thing is they're all by people who have not played every single game for the NES. Therefore, the authors of these lists cannot be sure that they've really played the worst the system has to offer (they haven't, based on the lists I've seen.) With Chrontendo, no such uncertainty exists.
The worst NES game ever? HA!
So why did 18 minutes of video take so long to produce? Sorry, but the last few weeks have been a bit busy, with a wedding, a funeral, a couple emergency room visits (father-in-law related), taking my mother-in-law to numerous doctor appointments, getting a leak in the roof fixed, and a whole lot of other things I've already forgotten.
A few other things I'll mention while I'm at it. I've added another chronogaming blog to the links: CRPG Addict. This guy makes me look unfocused and lazy by comparison. His project is to play every Western PC RPG ever released, which sounds bad enough as it is. But he's actually attempting to finish (or at least make a sincere effort to finish) each game, without using cheats or walkthroughs! I admire his dedication, even though I could never attempt to replicate his methodology -- me being a walkthrough/cheat code/save state hacking sort of guy when it comes to RPGs on Chrontendo. Anyway, his very throrough and thoughtfully written posts are definitely worth reading through.
Also quite interesting: A Japanese literature and culture themed blog called No-Sword provided some clarification on a few things mentioned in Chrotendo Episode 2. Namely the fact that in Devil World the giant-eyeball based monsters become fried eggs after being roasted by your fiery breath. It seems that in Japanese, fried eggs are called medama-yaki, or "fried eyeballs," so it's a cute little pun. This makes perfect sense, and the similarity of eyes to eggs has been noted in Western culture as well. Georges Batailles' Story of the Eye springs to mind.*
Please tell me this is not fried eggs sold in a bag.
No-Sword's author also states that, Wikipedia to the contrary, there is no Japanese folk hero called Paku, thus ruling out one theory on the origin of Pac-Man's name. He even gives mention to my facetious remark to Clu Clu Land possibly being tied to Kuru, the neurological disease spread through human brains. My suggestion shoudn't be taken seriously, however. It's just that I'm fascinated by horrible brain diseases and cannibalism.
So enjoy the Youtube videos. Preferably, I'll think of addtional things to put up on Youtube in the future. Any ideas?
*I hope that a reference to this book doesn't lead anyone to believe that I'm: a) some sort of leather chaps-wearing pervert, or b) a clove smoking, Deleuze-quoting, pretentious douchebag. Seriously. Some disturbing news for Georges Bataille fans, however: I once read an interview with Dave Matthews, and he claims to be a big fan of Story of the Eye. I guess it doesn't seem so outré now, does it?