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Game Blog / Re: Everything Wrong With the Super Mario Bros. Movie
« on: July 27, 2015, 07:56:13 PM »
I think it would take roughly 104 minutes to see everything wrong with the movie.


Game Blog / Re: Everything Wrong With the Super Mario Bros. Movie
« on: July 26, 2015, 06:40:12 PM »
Are you sure a thread can capture the topic? It seems like it would require several volumes.

General Chat / Re: Ultimate Birthday Compilation
« on: July 26, 2015, 05:26:11 PM »
Captain Lou turns 82 this Wednesday. Incredible.

Let's crowdfund a statue.

A statue wouldn't be bad, but a pizza trophy would be way better. TEM has mentioned "pizza" in ten separate posts, after all.*

*Data gathered from the Fungi Forums Advanced Search Tool.

Hi Trainman! Hope all is well -- Great post there. I still check the Forums daily but I don't often post. It's pretty cool to see all of the old users coming back every so often just to check up on the place.

Thanks for reminding me of the secret page! That place changes about as much as the forums these days.

Forum Games / Re: Let's count to a million FOR REAL
« on: July 03, 2015, 03:20:12 PM »
29 x 89

Site Discussion / Re: Question about usernames.
« on: July 03, 2015, 03:13:58 PM »
I think I changed my user name from a minuscule "k" to a majuscule one a few years back. That was a big adjustment, let me tell you.

Woah! Hey Vid. Long time no see! Sounds like things are gong well for you!

Great to see you around these parts.

Mario Chat / Re: Totaka's Song found in MK8
« on: January 14, 2015, 09:16:28 AM »
I saw that this morning. Very cool!

Mario Chat / Re: Re-written story elements
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:55:53 AM »
- Currently Nintendo officially does not consider Mario to be a plumber and avoids using the term.

Why would Nintendo be opposed to that? Plumbing is a noble profession.

Site Discussion / Re: Will there ever be another mailbag?
« on: January 06, 2015, 08:57:17 AM »
*Koopaslaya gets ready to send an email to the mailbag.

Site Discussion / Re: Sigh... where is everyone?
« on: January 06, 2015, 08:47:52 AM »
Umm... I still have to beat you in Mini Putt. I'm stil grinding.

General Chat / Re: Winter 2012 ADVANCED Poster Awards!
« on: January 04, 2015, 05:56:24 PM »
As Forest Guy's successor, I feel obliged to say something:

I enjoyed hosting the poster awards, I may not have been a Tina Fey or Amy Poehler, but I think I hosted a pretty mean Awards ceremony anyhow.

Sapphira used to make some nice certificates for the winners. Did anyone ever print one out to display it? That would have been terrific.

Site Discussion / Re: Sigh... where is everyone?
« on: December 05, 2014, 08:53:31 AM »
We aren't going to get many new members unless we do some kind of social media or YouTube thing. Like, a bunch of TMK users all post videos of them playing or showing off Mario games (spinoffs or otherwise) to the official TMK YouTube channel. Maybe Mario TAS stuff...pssh, like that would ever happen!

Well, that's the question, isn't it? What's the trajectory of this site? It's all a question of marketing and the integration of more contemporary media. And I don't think it's one that us regular members are able to answer. Far be it from me to order the staff about, but I do think somebody needs to have this conversation if the site is to remain relevant.

Site Discussion / Re: Sigh... where is everyone?
« on: December 02, 2014, 01:25:46 PM »
As a game designer/programmer, I have my doubts about any significant retro resurgence. The indies 8~16 bit throwbacks are largely to save on design costs and send people our ages and above on nostalgia trips. It's not like people claim in earnest that older games "feel better" as people claim vinyl, as an analogue medium, "sounds better." I'd go further into it, but I don't feel like generating too much animosity uninvited.

No animosity here, I think this is a worthy discussion, anyhow. I did not look to any statistics (if there even are any on this topic) to defend my claim that retro gaming might be making a resurgence. I did however use my experience of going to the local record shop which also happens to sell NES, SNES, Atari, Sega, and N64 games. I'm always amazed by the young people who are drawn to the classic consoles and games. I overhear a lot of conversations of teens who realize that they have indeed stumbled upon a goldmine. You're probably right that indy developers go for the 8~16 bit "feel" for nostalgia's sake. But there is still something to the old games. A few of my friends have younger brothers who have either discovered their brothers' old systems or who have gone out to buy a NES. And they're ecited about these games as if they were brand new. I really do think that there is something there.

As a vinyl collector myself, I'd like to explain my comparison. Some people say vinyl "sounds better." That's up to debate. A lossless digital file is pretty good. Sound quality also depends much more on recording techniques than whether the sounds are pressed onto vinyl or not. (There are, of course, exceptions to this. Some bands have recorded their music directly onto wax as opposed to magnetic tape... but I digress). A good speaker setup and free Pandora sounds better than a crappy turntable and a cheap preamp, even if hipsters insists that the vinyl sounds better. To me, the vinyl resurgence plays a little on nostalgia, yes. But more to it, people want something physical when they buy. CDs don't really offer an investment. Rip it to the computer and it's done. They're not worth much. But with vinyl, the packaging, the liner notes, the art, these all go into the sale of the album. There's something satisfying about the tactile nature of vinyl listening. Search for your album on the shelf, pull it out of the dust jacket, admire the art, place the needle, listen to half the album and follow along with the liner notes, get up, turn it over, replace the needle, pick up the album, place it in its sleeve, and put it back on the shelf. A wholly different experience than click iTunes and listen. I wonder if there isn't something similar going on with old games. The cartridge experience is similar, maybe?

This is me thinking as I type: not usually a good thing. I'm probably wrong. But I certainly didn't mean any animosity, Suffix. We've all had conversations here a lot more hard-hitting than this one.

But I like to think that TMK of the future might be a hub for those with memories of Mario games and an archive of those games all but lost to the contemporary gaming scene.

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