June 23, 2011 • Video Games
I grew up on Sonic (the blue hedgehog, not the fast food restaurant), and today SEGA's beloved blue blur turns twenty.
And while the spiny little erinaceidae has seen better days in terms of modern games (see Sonic & the Black Knight, set in the world of King Arthur, and Sonic Unleashed, where he turns into a werehog), I choose to remember the better times.
Forget about the modern platformers and Sonic racing games. I'm talking about the early to mid-90's era of Sonic. There was the original, its two subsequent 16-bit sequels, and Sonic & Knuckles with its crazy lock-on cartridge. Those were good days. Life was simple and side-scrolling.
June 15, 2011 • Video Games
Full of references to Say Anything, Sixteen Candles, & Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the popular Legend of Zelda '87 trailer tells us the classic story of Link and Zelda... told through the lens of an 80's teen rom-com.
In this charming critically-acclaimed tale of first love, Link (Jon Tomlinson), an eternal optimist and adventurer, seeks to capture the heart of Zelda, an unattainable high school beauty and straight-A student (Zane Bauer). He surprises just about everyone-including himself-when she returns the sentiment. But the high school's over-possessive, megalomaniacal Principal Ganondorf (Dominic Moschitti) doesn't approve and it's going to take more than just the power of love to conquer all.
Now, I've seen the trailer dozens of times. But in a recent viewing, I spotted someone I've only recently become familiar with... comedian and author of Quirk's upcoming Little Old Lady Recipes cookbook, Meg Favreau! She appears as Navi, Link's fairy companion in the Ocarina of Time.
"Hyrule is full of guys... be a hero." Way to have the best line in the entire trailer, Meg.
Legend of Zelda '87
June 13, 2011 • Crafting, Video Games
Everyone here at Quirk Books knows about my crippling video game addition. There’s a reason I usually only request off on Tuesdays… because it’s New Game Day. You better believe I took two days off to play Portal 2. What? Don’t judge me. Have you seen this game?
Ahem. But I digress.
I recently stumbled upon dPad, an awesome Etsy shop that features video game inspired art crafted using upcycled books. Like this adorable 8-bit mushroom from Super Mario Bros., or this brilliant (but long since sold) vintage style Duck Hunt painting. I've posted a few more after the jump, have a look!
March 25, 2014 • Geek, Video Games
I play a lot of iPhone games. Sometimes, too many.
I’m frequently kept up at night, filled with turmoil and wrestling with what game I should delete to make room on my iPhone for important things and… OMG. There’s a new Final Fantasy game out?! It takes up 1.2GB of space? WHAT DO I DO?!
[Deletes entire album full of photos and treasured, precious memories]
As someone who adores books and video games equally, I love it when I’m able to find a combination of both of those things. Whether it’s with a book that uses video games as a key plot point (Ready Player One), or a game that happens to incorporate the literary (Device 6).
Here are a few iOS games inspired by books, that you should probably start playing now.
February 20, 2014 • Geek, LEGO, Video Games
I was pretty excited when the announcement regarding the latest LEGO video game dropped back in December. I mean, I already have the fantastic Lord of the Rings LEGO video game, and I adored all of the Harry Potter LEGO video games... but now there's going to be a Hobbit adaptation?
And the LEGO minifig looks like Martin Freeman? YES!
January 24, 2014 • Geek, Video Games
1. The princess will always need saving.
No matter how many times Mario saves Princess Peach, she’s captured again in the next installment of Super Mario Bros. Life’s annoying like that too. The moment you finish one thing, something else will appear. Just keep on playing.