It’s Only an 8-Bit Moon

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“Overture” | Atlas: Year One · Sleeping at Last

Each post this month is set to a different track from this amazing album. “Overture” is about the birth of the adventure of life.

We claim our lands
We tame our seas
We carve our names
On the surface of history

It’s Only an 8-Bit Moon

One of my favorite pieces of imagery in this gorgeous game is the moon, it’s gradient yellows hanging large at the end of a long journey. I’m not sure why, but it symbolizes more than anything else of the first video game adventure I ever had.

Kirby’s Adventure NES 

Despite the retro gloriousness of accomplishing that level of detail on 8-bit hardware, nothing compares to the real thing. When I was a child, maybe nine or ten years old, I remember a prolific fall night with a chill in the air. I was visiting my grandparent’s farm in rural Georgia, U.S., and I had walked outside to see the biggest moon hovering there above the fields. It must have been the size of a quarter held right in front of me. I could count every crater on its surface, and it was so bright that the light actually reflected off the crops which were ready to be harvested. It was on that night I felt an inspiration that to this day has never gone away. Continue reading “It’s Only an 8-Bit Moon”

Guest Contribution for The Well-Red Mage | Top 7 Best Nintendo DS Games!

Remember that guest contribution I was talking about on Friday? Well, it’s up a day early! Check out my guest contribution: Console Challenge: Top 7 Best Nintendo DS Games over on The Well-Red Mage! I truly enjoyed writing it and will probably write more pieces for The Well-Red Mage in the future, so don’t forget to follow while you’re over there!

The DS represents a critical moment for Nintendo’s success over the next two years. If it succeeds, we rise to the heavens, if it fails, we sink… -Hiroshi Yamauchi

via Console Challenge Day 19: Top 7 best Nintendo DS games! — The Well-Red Mage

My First Video Game Was a Masterpiece | A Kirby’s Adventure Retrospective

Recently I came to the realization that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without video games. So, when asked what my very first video game was, there is no better answer.

Kirby’s Adventure.

I am the person I’ve become in small part because of this one game.

Power art
World One: Unidentified Flying Puffball

The year, 1996. On a small farm in rural Southwest Georgia, miles away from a town of any reasonable size, in a modest house was a Nintendo Entertainment System connected to a small TV. This farm and small house belonged to my grandparents. Continue reading “My First Video Game Was a Masterpiece | A Kirby’s Adventure Retrospective”