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A Review of Tom Bissell’s Extra Lives
What's that? You don't want your children growing up with images of violence on television? Are these the same children who are taught to duck and cover if firefights occur outside their schools? Because I am pretty sure that if those kids end up with a slightly warped world view it will not be the fault of a video game or fake violence in their media. It will be the fault of the people who couldn't control the violence that was plaguing the city with REAL violence and REAL death.
Once upon a time there was a console known as the 'N64'. This system was one of the most powerful of its time, named for its 64-bit CPU. This allowed the creation of three dimensional games. Many legendary franchises made the leap to 3D. Mario led the charge with Mario 64, a wildly successful game that many others after tried to emulate. Then in 1999, a new game came out. The Legend of Zelda made the leap to the new dimension, no longer content with the top-down perspective of its older games. This new game featured a huge world, fantastical enemies, a relatively gripping story, a targeting mechanic (which was a huge innovation for the time), clever puzzles, and also tons of hidden secrets.
Blendo Games released a little gem towards the beginning of 2010. This gem was called Flotilla and featured space pirate chickens, bounty hunting rhinos, and smuggler kittens. The premise is simple: you are a space captain and have a terminal illness that limits your life to the next few months. Of course, the only logical thing to do in that situation is to go on a grand space adventure and become a tactical master of space combat. At the outset you have only two simple ships. But as the adventure progresses, you will most likely end up with others: beam frigates, destroyers, carriers, etc.
If you haven't heard 'Mario Kart Love Song' by the amazingly talented Sam Hart, you will be kicking yourself for not hearing it sooner. It is a love song that uses different Mario Kart scenarios as illustrations of the singer's love. It's quirky and fun....So, here it is for you to enjoy!
As a young lad I got pooped on by a bird, kicked some chickens, found a magic music box, and watched my sister die and got shot out of a window. After being nursed to health by a creepy old woman and growing up, I embarked on a journey of revenge with my faithful dog that I had saved as a child. I quested to the ends of the earth and back, bringing good and peace to all (except for the occasional 'accidents' involving the really annoying citizens). Eventually meeting other heroes like myself, we banded together and prevented Armaggedon (see below).