Sunday, August 17, 2003

All I Want For Christmas...

..Is this book "Blue Wizard Is About To Die! Prose, Poems, and Emoto-Versatronic Expressionist Pieces About Video Games (1980-2003)" Copyright © 2003 by Seth Barkan. Here's a short excerpt from a longer piece about Dragon's Lair...


I remember when Marble Madness first came out,
Preceded by Gauntlet, with "Blue Wizard is about to Die!"
And, "Use potions to Kill Death!" Helpful instructions
Meant to simplify a deadly maze of stone and skeletons,
Where four friends would gather together to search for a
Black square tile, representing a hole that took you
Out of whatever deathtrap hell you were in and into
The maw of one even deeper and more dangerous than the last.
I remember the syncopated early FM synthesis strains of
The Ikari Warriors bassline, boom chickaboom chickaboom
Chicka didlydumdedum, with 8bit drums kicking in
Relentlessly behind it on the beach, in red or blue
Bandana, or even at the steel encased end of the game: there was no other music.

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