Goodbye, Nintendo man

Growing up, I was a Nintendo boy.

I played Game Boy (although I also owned a Game Gear), the original Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and then ultimately Nintendo 64, which I still consider the best console ever made. After that, I owned a PlayStation 2, but haven’t really played much video games for the better part of a decade.

Days upon days of my life throughout my childhood were spent playing video games. And I don’t consider them wasted. Today, kids waste plenty of time on their smart phones and on social media.

Time spent playing video games on the original consoles was well spent. Bear in mind, this was well before games like Grand Theft Auto that centered around brutally murdering people.

Mario 64Nintendo was all about Mario, Zelda, Kirby. Just thinking about these games breeds nostalgia. If you’re starting to feel it to — embrace it. Here’s a full game play of Mario 64 over the course of six hours. It gives me the feels.

Video games back then took us to an imaginary world, full of vivid colors and exciting adventures. Basically, they had the same effect as PCP, but we didn’t know what that was yet.

I talk about Nintendo because a key figure in the company, Satoru Iwata, died on July 11 from bile duct cancer. He didn’t become chief executive of Nintendo until 2002, well after the days of Nintendo 64, and his main contribution as the company head was overseeing the introduction of Nintendo DS and Wii, but long before that, he worked on the creation of iconic games like Kirby’s Dream Land and Super Smash Brothers.

Someone who devoted the better part of their life to allowing millions and millions of children to have fun, I think deserves a little bit of recognition. Rest in peace, Mr. Iwata. There’s a pink Kirby-like puffball in the sky waiting to swallow you up and spit you out.

That actually sounds terrifying.

In keeping up with today’s news, world superpowers led by the U.S. struck a deal with Iran to ease sanctions on the country in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

While many countries celebrated this historic act of diplomacy, another one feels quite differently. Israel is pissed.

I’ve already shared my thoughts on this subject. If you have the opportunity to establish peace with a nation that hates you, then you must take it. Prolonging a culture of mistrust and contempt is not healthy on a global scale. It doesn’t mean you don’t stay extremely watchful of Iran, but how could anybody who wants nothing more than to see a world united think this is a bad idea?

Israel, don’t worry, America’s still got your back, bro. There’s too many Jews here that would be pissed to see anything happen to you.

First Cuba, Now Iran. Up next?


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