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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: Post-Script.

300 posts in. Where does the time go?

Well, for the last two days, it’s been pure XBLA obsession.

The short of it? If you love video games, even just a little bit, by all that is good and holy, get this game.

The long of it…. There are certain games that just get that “tingle” out of you when you power it up for the first time. That little bit of excitement that sets your arm hairs on end, or makes you reminisce about the good old days. For me, it was the arcade at Movieland, our video rental store. I’d go there during middle school and high school to play a lot of fighters, from Street Fighter II to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sure, we also had Aladdin’s Castle and Superfun for a while (remember those?), but that video rental store ate hours of my life.

I reviewed the movie a few posts back due to its heavy referencing of video games. If you read that post, you’ll get a sampling of the games mentioned here. From Pac-Man to Mortal Kombat to… they even put in a Guitar Hero moment. The game nods Read the rest of this entry

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Thoughts.

So I finally saw Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, the video game inspired movie, based off the video game inspired comic.

You can always tell when a gamer makes a gaming related project versus some marketing exec just trying to latch onto the next big thing. The film itself is chock full of video game references and sound effects, from 8 and 16-bit classics such as Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 2, Street Fighter and Capcom related fighters, Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, Final Fantasy, and Sonic the Hedgehog, to more “modern” games such as Tekken, Dance Dance Revolution and Rock Band.

So why make mention of a movie on a gaming site? Because of the sheer amount of references to the love of gaming (not to mention the brawler already on PSN and coming to XBLA). There were moments growing up in the 8-bit generation that you couldn’t help but compare life’s daily challenges to that of a video game, from first crushes to having a fight against your own “bosses”. You wanted to be that video game hero that you were on your NES, and that was translated perfectly here, with a more than a solid dash Read the rest of this entry

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