Deadly Towers indeed…

Recently, there was a conversation regarding the worst NES game that any of the Best.Team.Ever staff has played or owned. We listed off the worst game we ever played on the good old NES and my choice was Deadly Towers. I had remembered it as an infinitely frustrating and mundane display of mediocrity. It just so happens that there was a list that proclaimed it to be THE WORST NES GAME OF ALL TIME. However, that surely was not good enough for me. I had to make sure that those memories, perhaps blocked like a tragedy of childhood, were true. I can’t say how I was able to play it again, but I can give you a review. Scores are out of 10 suicidal gamers.

  • Gameplay: Let’s start here, because it if so easy. If you could imagine the movie Groundhog Day, but strip away the comedic acting of Bill Murray, the beauty of Andy MacDowell, and anything resembling creativity, you would still have something ten times as good as Deadly Towers. The levels, or rooms, or whatever you want to call them, are monotonous at best. I know that the NES does have just two buttons and a D-pad, but there were so many games that did so much with just these three items. In fact, the Atari, with its one button and joystick, probably did more. You go around shooting swords at the same collection of about 7 types of enemies for as long as I cared to play. Every once in a while you came across a “boss”, but given that a hit from your sword would freeze its victim, they stood no chance and you were back to fighting bouncing balls and groups of pixels that I could only guess were actually swarms of bees.

Score: 2 suicidal gamers

  • Playability: This game is absolutely impossible. I would not say that any one enemy is that hard to beat, but imagine this. There is a game where if you die once, you get sent back all the way to the very first stage. To make matters worse, every hit from even a living Slinky takes about one third of your life. Power ups? Never heard of them. I mean, there are those health meter increases, but they only increase your max health. Oh, and if you die, you only start with the original amount, regardless of how many of those health meter increases you find. This is that game. Did I mention that there are many ledges to perish off of, and each time you get hit you spin uncontrollably towards one? Yeah, that happens.

Score: 1 suicidal gamer

  • Graphics: Seriously? Every single room looks the same. Not that the layouts are identical, but if you are looking for any way to tell areas apart in order to reasonably navigate this game, then good luck. My advice? Just keep going up. There are about five graphic features that are used repeatedly, and not very well at that. The bosses are alright. They do offer some variety, but not much. The graphic below is easily the most interesting stage I have seen in this game.

Score: 1 suicidal gamer

  • Sound: I have to admit that the music is fairly catchy, and it actually changes as the game goes on. It is kind of a medieval type of music, and might make the first five minutes you play the game tolerable. It does not however, make up for anything else.

Score: 6 suicidal gamers

Overall Impression: I hate this game. I hated it when I was 9 years old and I hate it today. It not only brings back bad memories, it makes me wonder just how in the hell this game met with the Nintendo Seal of Approval.

That’s it.. No really… that’s it.

…yo diz sh*t must stop…

-Havoc from Mobb Deep on “Drink Away the Pain”

That quote was the first thing that came into my mind when I read this story from a music blog* that I RSS (I just made “RSS” a verb, but I’m sure someone else has beaten me to it…).

Long story short, L.A.’s (and Orange County’s) own Indie 103.1 is closing. It’s going away as of today. That’s unacceptable. Now mind you, I agree with some that the station isn’t as “good” (*cough* “indie” */cough*) as when it first hit the scene, but if it wasn’t a great resource for L.A.’s indie scene and a haven away from all the steaming hot garbage on the radio today, then I don’t know what it was (a good radio station maybe?). And since I’m only slightly elitist, Indie was pretty dag good to me.

(the station’s official message is down below. It’s semi-lengthy, so I’ll post it after my rant)

The truth is that music sucks right now. No, not music in general, because there’s great stuff “on the underground”, but mainstream music. And not even all of that sucks, just the stuff force-fed to us on mainstream radio. And don’t even let me get into radio Hip Hop right now. If you think Scotty’s posts are long.. don’t even get me started on that. The fact that one of the few stations, that isn’t college owned or suscriber radio, is forced to take it’s act to the ‘net is disturbing. The music industry as a whole is in shambles. Complaints about sales, downloaders/pirates (arrrg, me harties), and all the BS is clowding the fact that they don’t give a ish about artist development and true talent. Just about what they can pre-package in shiny disposable plastic and move on to the next money making single.

We’ve all heard it before, so I’ll just say this. I give up on mainstream radio. That’s it. I’m done. Out. I pretty much have been doing this in practice but now it’s official. If it’s not NPR or KCRW (89.9… shouts out to Chocolate City, Garth Trinidad and Jason Bentley – who may not be there anymore either), then it’s my portable mp3 player (see, i didn’t say iPod, Qbix!) and cd’s (until they eventually die, too). Eff you music industry. Suck it.

(here’s Indie 103.1’s official statement being played as we speak)

This is an important message for the Indie 103.1 radio audience.

Indie 103.1 will cease broadcasting over this frequency effective immediately. Because of changes in the radio industry and the way radio audiences are measured, stations in this market are being forced to play too much Britney, Puffy and alternative music that is neither new nor cutting edge. Due to these challenges, Indie 103.1 was recently faced with only one option — to play the corporate radio game.

We have decided not to play that game any longer. Rather than changing the sound, spirit, and soul of what has made Indie 103.1 great. Indie 103.1 will bid farewell to the terrestrial airwaves and take an alternative course.

This could only be done on the Internet, a place where rules do not apply and where new music thrives; be it grunge, punk, or alternative simply put, only the best music.

For those of you with a computer at home or at work, log on to www.indie1031.com and listen to the new Indie 103.1 – which is really the old Indie 103.1, not the version of Indie 103.1 we are removing from the broadcast airwaves.

We thank our listeners and advertisers for their support of the greatest radio station ever conceived, and look forward to continuing to deliver the famed Indie 103.1 music and spirit over the Internet to passionate music listeners around the world.

boba milk tea 101: many names one great experience

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The English names for this magic elixir of the gods:

  • pearl (milk) tea or drink
  • tapioca milk tea drink
  • milk pearl tea or drink
  • black pearl (milk) tea or drink
  • (milk) tea pearl
  • boba (milk) tea or drink
  • tapioca (milk) tea or drink
  • bubble tea
  • bubble milk
  • bubble cup

A little pet-peeve of mine is when a boba place puts a regular “to go” top on the cup instead of the magical and necessary sticky seal top, so that you can turn it upside down, and shake back and forth a few times, before you poke the (ever important “jumbo sized sharp tip at one end”) straw through the lid to make the milk tea extra cold and refreshing. Also those jumbo straws don’t fit very well through the cheap lame ass “to go cup” plastic tops, they also spill much easier when you are drinking your boba in your car and you tilt it ever so slightly to reach your lips to the straw and wala some of the milk tea that crept out of the little “cracks” in the cheap top and gets all over your new white button down shirt (Spanky just bought from Target!)

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First. Blog. Ever.

Yes, I am a virgin to the ages old art of blogging, though, when I was approached by qbix to take part in this website, I was eager to explore that uncharted interwebz territory. Of course, I have read many blogs, though none of them religiously or even with more than a passing fancy. Some entries have been amusing, others politically charged, but most of them hover all too closely to stream-of-consciousness bullshit.

So why be any different?

In fact, as I type this I have absolutely no idea where I want to go, much less how I want to end it. Should I talk about my side of the “Mac v. PC” argument that seems so popular as of late? Perhaps I should step more in line with the intent of this site and ruminate about the wonders and joys of video gaming. Maybe I should talk about how much I hate garbanzo and lima beans and cannot understand why anyone likes the little sons-of-bitches.

Choosing a topic for your first blog is a huge step. It doesn’t have the ramifications of choosing a mate, purchasing a car, or even deciding whether to have that fifth piece of pizza, knowing full well that you will be sweating grease for ten hours afterwards and end up having a nightmare about being stuck in traffic as a passenger in a car driven by that irritating old bitch that lives in the condo below you. However, it might set the tone for the rest of your blog entries. Maybe you will like the structure and make all of your other ones fit the same mental template. Maybe you will set the bar too high and every blog you write afterwards will be increasingly more disappointing to your readers. That is a lot of pressure.

I just want to get something down. Break the ice. Leeroy Jenkins the battle. It doesn’t have to be Earth shattering. It doesn’t have to make people think or laugh. I don’t have to cure cancer. I just need to tap the keys, click the mouse, and walk away. So considering that, I will Stop. Right. Here.

In reply to qbix’s link to why he likes PC’s

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I wrote this to qbix, but I thought I’d share it as a potential starting point for a topic in or next webcast, next week. Sorry my post isn’t as “charming” as spanky’s (ps I hope you are not buying a new one… please wait for your replacement… please… for the sake of all that’s holy).

*to qbix: That’s pretty funny… it’s almost like you were quoting him while in the car with me that day…

What I get out of that though, is basically anyone who uses windows sticks with it mainly because they either grew up with it, it’s popular, or they like bill gates more than they like steve jobs

And it seems like they have suffered a lot over the years with the various windows system choices (an no one who is smart is going to vista), and you know what they say about struggling with something makes you love it more once you’ve conquered it.

What I have a problem with is that no one seems to have tried both systems simultaneously like I have. I did grow up with macs, but in 2 major jobs I’ve had I have been forced to know both, and the last job I had to know windows exclusively but had a mac at home. And I can honestly say that there are caveats to both system platforms, and certainly for every new version of a system that came out.

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