Ramblings Of A Man Named Joseph Carro

Posts tagged “SNES

My Friend Mikey

Posted on December 5, 2018

Sometimes, I think back about friends I had who are no longer with me. This doesn’t have to have anything to do with death, mind you. Sometimes, as people, we just outgrow each other. You move, you go to different schools, you get married. Those kinds of things happen and are pretty inevitable in life. One of these friends I had who fits into this category was named Mike. We all knew him affectionately as Mikey. We met one summer when my mom moved us to Shawmut Street in Lewiston, Maine. We lived in a crappy apartment, infested with fleas and in a bad part of town at the time. We didn’t notice much of that as children, though, only remembering it when we…

My Top Ten Favorite Fighting Games

Posted on November 6, 2018

I’ve recently been trying to re-focus my blog to a more personal direction, writing creative non-fiction and tales from my childhood. Yet, the other “segments” I’ve created for my blog, such as Top Ten – still call to me. I feel like it’s time to do another. As I was wondering what subject I should write about for this installment of Top Ten, the idea hit me like a massive Hadouken. I should totally do a Top Ten based around my love for fighting games. I’ve always been a big fan of fighting games, though I was never good at them. Because the games usually focus only on fighting, a big chunk of the art direction goes into making the graphics as slick as…

Dungeons & Dragons Is Back

Posted on July 26, 2018

For many people, playing Dungeons & Dragons, (also known as D&D) and by extension playing any role-playing game, has long been something for the “nerds”. Inaccessible, confusing, tedious. As a kid, I started playing with the 2nd Edition after my stepfather showed us all one of his lovingly preserved character sheets. He explained to us that his character had several skills, and possessed a fair amount of treasure he’d acquired through playing the game. I was immediately intrigued and wanted a character of my own, and as soon as the opportunity presented itself, I sought out some D&D books at my local library to learn what exactly D&D was and how to play it. Within no time, my friends and I were playing it for…

Cosplay Confessions: Mink The Satyr Cosplay

Posted on October 27, 2015

Cosplay Confessions is yet another monthly feature I’ve added to my blog, though I’ve recently gotten a bunch of submissions so I may do it twice monthly if this persists. Every month (and maybe twice a month), I plan on featuring a different cosplayer and my interview with them, along with photos featuring their cosplays. This will not only be beneficial to the cosplayers themselves – because any publicity is good publicity when it comes to updating your fans on which conventions you’ll be at, and what you’re working on – but it will also be beneficial to those who are interested in cosplay as a hobby. Since this is a new feature, I have asked some cosplayers I know to fill out my…

My Life According To Games

Posted on February 11, 2015

I ran into this little survey on Facebook and it struck a chord with me, so I am using it as an opportunity to create another blog post. Video games have long been a source of entertainment to me, and I don’t think that will stop any time soon. Here we go.     1. FAVORITE GAME: This one is actually a really hard decision for me. There have only been a handful of games to actually move me enough to utter something as bold as “This is my FAVORITE GAME EVER”. Chrono Trigger is definitely one of them. I mean, I just wrote a 3,000 word blog post on why I believe it proves beyond a reasonable doubt that video games can be art.…

How An SNES Game Called Chrono Trigger Proves That Video Games Are Art.

Posted on February 6, 2015

Many people will tell you that video games are not, and can not be art. The Guardian (UK) wrote a piece about it a while back you can read HERE. The late Roger Ebert also once did a piece on the subject, which you can read HERE if you’d like. In fact, search Google and you can rest assured that you will find countless opinion pieces in which people propose all sorts of ways in which video games shouldn’t be considered art. Some of the reasons are simple, such as the Guardian’s claims that since video games don’t originate from one source, they cannot be artwork. Others are more heavy-handed in describing ways in which “high” art can make one think and feel where…