I am Not a Golden God

So, one of the most elusive goals I’ve been pursuing as a gamer is to completely beat Super Meat Boy. This is a goal that I had abandoned when I beat the last “regular” level about a year ago. Recently, I’ve been wasting far too much time trying to get further in this quest, though. It’s been a slow aggravating experience.

Yeah, red is a pretty common color in this game.

You see, Super Meat Boy has approximately 150 levels divided into 7 chapters, each of which consists of a dark and light world. Unlocking any given dark world level requires beating its light world equivalent in a record time. Each world also includes 4 “warp zones” that include 3 additional levels each and a “glitch” level that is requires extreme luck to unlock. 100 of these level have hidden bandages that usually require going through the level in a different, more difficult way, or making extremely risky jumps. And that’s not even counting the DLC levels.

Bane of my existence.

So, yeah, that’s a ton of stuff to do. Right now, I’m about halfway through the dark version of World 3. And, at this point, most of it is near-impossible. Any game that thinks it needs a dark variant of Hell is going to be difficult. I have no idea how this game is still entertaining to me. I mean, I’ve played through several of the levels hundreds of times trying to beat them, but I’m somehow not bored with it. It’s probably due to the levels being less than 30 seconds long each and having no respawn time. So, basically every play through of a difficult level is a constant cycle between concentration and sudden bursts of escalating anger. There’s just no time to get mad at the game for more than a few seconds, no matter how close you get before victory is ripped from your grasp. It’s also extremely addictive. So, yeah, I’m going to do this. I know that I lack the skill necessary to follow through on that, but I don’t care. I’m still going to do it. Slowly, bit by bit, I will make this happen. Never have I wasted so much time on a game so seemingly small, but I regret nothing.

“Nakama” Means “Friend”

So, anybody who knows me (which is an alarmingly small number of people, actually) knows that I’ve been obsessed with One Piece for quite a while now. Well, I just found a video that pretty much displays most of the reasons why I love this series. Whoever made it is pretty good at editing too, so congrats to them. Anyway, this kinda made my day. Yes, I know I’m super lame. I think we’ve been over this before, “readers”.

Shadows

This is what I spent pretty much all of my free time on last semester. I’m trying to get better at stop motion animation and I decided to go in a different direction with it for this project. Yeah, I know these last few posts don’t entirely go with my blog’s theme, but I’m trying to think of what else to post and I didn’t want the blog to stay stagnant for too long. Not that it matters, non-readers, as I’m mostly just doing this for myself anyway.

The Top 5 Funniest Games I’ve Ever Played

So, I figured I’d try this list thing again. This time, though, I’m going to focus on something a little more uplifting. I enjoy epic games as much as anybody else, but I also enjoy a game that can make me laugh. I think that these games tend to get overlooked when compared to the bigger action titles out there, so I thought I’d talk a bit about five of my favorites. So, yeah, here we go…

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Random Art Project

So, this is a drawing project I did about a year back that was semi-video game related. I was supposed to pick a controversial issue, but I didn’t want to do anything too incredibly serious, so I picked the “video game controversy”. Which would be the concept of video games inspiring people to commit acts of violence. Personally, I think this is a ridiculous concept. The way I see it, if a person is inspired by a video game to do something atrocious, then that’s a problem with the person, not the video game. They may as well have been inspired by any sort of media. So, I just wanted to visualize the concept in some sort of ridiculous, strange way. It’s definitely one of the weirder-looking drawings I’ve done. So, yeah, that’s about it.