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06/13/2004

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Phincus

First the blatently obvious 'it's a metaphor for life!' Wee. But second it also reminds me of what my friend and I used to do when we were little. We'd play Super Mario all stars, on the level where it's a single screen, two pipes at the top pump out enemies, coins, etc and the two at the bottem would eat them up when they got there. In the middle there was a 'pound' button which killed all the enemies on the screen at the time. Anyways, one person was Luigi, the other Mario (being the taller of the two I was naturally Luigi).

Now, the idea of the game was to get more points and kill your opponent (It was a two player game only), and yeah, sometimes this is how we'd play. But it always ended up in a fist fight when we did this and it got really boring. So we sorta ended up crossing the game with a bizzare version of 'house'.

I'd man one tube, she'd man the other and we'd take turns running down to hit the pound button when the enemies threatened to take over. We'd also 'eat' the mushrooms, and pretend the over turned turtle shells were soup bowls. If the other player needed a mushroom one of us would do our best to direct it over their way.

This may sound all dandy and dull after a while, but these were uneasy aliences. We'd back stab each other, kill, etc all while vocally making treaties and deals with one another. Similar things happened when we'd play other games, like donky kong country.

Keep in mind we were 8 or 9 years old at the time. I guess that's the way I've always played games though, going through looking really hard for exploitable glitches, and then applying my own set of rules to the world. I'd swear, the training levels in tomb raiders 1,2 and 3 were more fun then alot of the games I've seen of late.

I'd even hold conversations between Lara and the butler ('Ahhh, let me out of the freezer! Please!' 'Ahahah, never! You'll die in there old man!') My parents thought I was nuts. I still do this stuff though, human nature to screw around I suppose.

Jonathan

What an interesting experiment! Remove the goals, and see what people do. I'd like to see the results from 100 people.

Jonathan

What an interesting experiment! Remove the goals, and see what people do. I'd like to see the results from 100 people.

Chris Norman

Wait - a never-ending level without goals in Super Mario Bros.?

It's obviously a metaphor for

(wait for it)

the Minus World!

greglas

If you read "Lucky Wander Boy," I think this is level 3.

There's probably a way to get past it and have some kind of transcendental experience.

greglas

If you read "Lucky Wander Boy," I think this is level 3.

There's probably a way to get past it and have some kind of transcendental experience.

Kurtis Trent

I really like Mario. I have all of the Mario games.

Phillipa

Think simple. Learn different. Macinstruct.net

Phillipa

Think simple. Learn different. Macinstruct.net

Karoshi

Reinventing the wheel and calling it "art."

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