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Song Challenge Day 15: Unexpected

“A song people wouldn’t expect you to like”

This isn’t an easy one for me. I think most people who know enough about my musical tastes to have any perception of what I like at all are likely to be right about any given song.

Well, I guess this one surprised a couple of people, but I think they were more surprised it was coming from where it did in the first place than by the fact that I liked it. Still a little of that too, though, so this is what I’m going with.

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And to be fair, who would expect that from a video game whose cast of characters includes Mario, Pikachu, Sonic the Hedgehog, and a sentient NES accessory?

Video Game Challenge Day 18: Wish you could attack

“Character the game doesn’t let you attack but you wish it did”

Some games have characters who are supposed to be on your side but are just plain annoying, and others (mostly story-heavy RPGs) have villains that you never actually fight against. Then there are escort missions, where characters you’re supposed to protect seem determined to get themselves killed. (Rafa, I’m looking at you.)

If you ask me, no other “non-enemy” game character has ever needed to get Kafrizzled as much as the priest in Fishbel in Dragon Warrior VII. The entire situation used to get Maribel out of the party for a while so Aira can join is contrived and stupid and neither Maribel nor her father become any more likable because of it either (basically, everybody acts like “missing his daughter ” is a life-threatening illness), but the priest is the worst because if you talk to him during the even he says he “cannot allow” you to take Maribel away. How arrogant does an unrelated jerk have to be to think it’s up to him to decide that?

There’s also that dog from Duck Hunt (who’s allegedly helping you but laughs at you if you miss), but thanks to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U I can finally beat the crap out of that one.

Video Game Challenge Day 10: Fighting games

“Favorite fighting game”

I used to play more fighting games than I do now. I still like a good one now and then but my favorites aren’t the most hardcore ones.

Whether Super Smash Bros. counts as a fighting game is often debated and I’m not going to get into that.

My favorite more traditional fighting game is probably Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. I’m not even sure exactly why I like it better than the Marvel vs. Capcom games…well, MvC 2 had terrible balance and MvC 3 had on-the-disc paid “DLC”, so I guess that’s two reasons.

There was a time when Capcom made fighting games that weren’t Street Fighter or Vs., though. Power Stone and Tech Romancer are two great, innovative games that seem unlikely to get sequels.

Video Game Challenge Day 2: Favorite Game

“Favorite video game”

A much harder question. Either Super Smash Bros. Brawl or Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, I’ll decide between them after I’m played the new one more.

Xenogears is a strong candidate as well; I’ll be saying more about it later.

One less obvious game that’s definitely up near the top for me is Super Robot Taisen Original Generation 2 for the Game Boy Advance. I know it’s not even the best game in the Super Robot Wars series, but it’s the best one that can be played in English.

Finally, there’s one truly timeless game that must be named. No, not Pac-Man, Mega Man, or anything with Mario (I just named one with them, though); this is a game that, with no characters at all, guaranteed that for the rest of my life “The Nutcracker” would make me think of falling blocks:

 

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I question whether Tetris really needs to be identified, but that’s the NES version.

Crossover Chaos: Types of crossovers

Television crossovers are the most analyzed, but other media have a tendency to take things even farther.

Using the broadest definition of crossover (and still excluding fanfic, obviously), there are surprisingly few separate groups of things that are in crossovers within small groups; depending on your definitions, everything that has a crossover at all can be connected to nearly every other crossover.

Other media can be more complicated about it than television tends to be, so before getting into comic books and video games let’s divide crossovers into categories:

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