Friday Speedrun: Super Mario Brothers 2

This is the first NES game we ever owned, and we got it brand new at the store. I logged more hours on this game than any other NES game other than Final Fantasy 1, and eventually beat it after a lengthy luck streak. As soon as I hit Wart’s room, I was like, oh crap, what is that weird music! There are a number of minor feats that I could make a tricks video out of, like being able to jump down off the ledge at 7:28 without making the Ostro respawn, carving a huge pattern out of the sand-digging levels, making two Misfits ascend into heaven when you kill them, and a few others.

My favorite way to beat it is the “long way” in Wart’s castle, by taking one path to get a health mushroom, then backtracking and getting the other one by the second path. I discovered the walk-along-the-top trick on my own and I was irritated that I had been fighting that dumb Key-Ostro the whole time when I could have simply just gotten it out of him the new way. I could never master the ladder/vine climb-jump, although I’d done it many times purely by accident. I very rarely used Toad, even though he runs faster when he’s carrying something. In the earlier days, I almost exclusively used Luigi. Good times!

Weekly Speedrun: Marble Madness Arcade

I’m gonna try to make a new thing for the site, a weekly something for each day of the week. I’ve decided for Friday it should be a videogame speedrun (completing it as quickly as possible). This one is for Marble Madness. I used to play this on the NES, but this is for the old upright arcade machine that uses the giant trackball similar to the old TRON arcade machine. Enjoy!

Four Years, 60k Legos, and USD$3k Later: Hoth

If you didn’t catch it in the headline, some dude spent about three grand and four years replicating, to some blocky degree, a Hoth scene inspired by Episode 5, Empire Strikes Back.

Or, if that’s not your thing, try The story of Star Wars as told by someone who has never seen the whole thing. Very much worth the three minutes and forty something seconds. At least one of these two links was worth it, I think =P

Amazing High School Bluegrass Trio Obliterates Everything In Its Wake

Apparently the video was so important, YouTube’s official Facebook update announcement (which is somewhat rare) made a big deal about it — and appropriately so!

From the YouTube description:

“Greg Fleischut (guitar-left), Etienne Cremieux (mandolin), Erik Oliver (guitar-right), April 2006
Greg and Etienne met at David Grisman’s mandolin symposium in Santa Cruz in the summer of 2006. Both were 15 at the time. Greg is from San Francisco, Etienne from Brookline, Mass.

They became fast friends and have continued to get together at various bluegrass festivals and on vacations. This video was taken during Greg’s visit to Brookline when the guys were just sitting in Etienne’s living room jamming. It was taken with a simple Sony Cybershot camera (not even a video camera) and the guys probably didn’t even know that they were being filmed.

Both have played bluegrass for a few years by then. Both play multiple instruments, Etienne is a wicked fiddler. They also regularly get together at Rockygrass academy and festival. Both also play jazz, classical, and other genres. Greg composes music, sings, and plays guitar with an indie rock band he started with a group of friends as a freshman in high school called The Audiophiles (check them out at www.myspace.com/theaudiophilescali and on iTunes.”

Mass Effect Main Story Serialization – Master List

This is a master list of all parts of my Mass Effect Serialization project, which tells the story of Mass Effect (a game by Bioware) through edited-together cut-scenes and conversation moments with a minimum of side-quests and actual gameplay. The entire project too many hours to complete: from video capturing (with a Dazzle 80 by Pinnacle, a non-card video capturing RCA-to-USB device) and editing with a fully registered AVS Video Editor that I got from GiveawayOfTheDay.com. I did neglect, regrettably, to record the end credits — but due to the smallness of the text on screen, it may not have been legible anyway (at least that’s the excuse I’m running with) ^_^

Mass Effect Main Story Serialization – Part 01 of 28
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I do still have the uncut version, which is not edited for time (as some non-crucial scenes were omitted to fit into vaguely 10-minute increments), but have not uploaded it yet. If you’d like it uploaded, just say the word ^_^

Video: The Good-o-Meter

There are few things that simply explain the one thing Christians can all agree upon, and at the same time try to address how difficult the rest of the world makes it by refusing it even just consider the actual message instead of getting wrapped up in the side issues. YouTube to the rescue =P

Bah-dah-dah, doop-doop-doop!