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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

    Shanoah Alkire is our Discordian at large. "Born in Santa Cruz, I grew up in Grass Valley and the Bay Area, and now lurk in Las Vegas. My literary influences include Ray Bradbury, Lewis Carroll, and Douglas Adams. I also program as a hobby, and currently maintain the Gtk port of Angband. You can find a rather old bio of me here."

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5-28-08 – Super Mario Pinball Rhythm Track Happy Fun Time Battle Arena GO!

Posted by Sean on May 28, 2008

Wish I could, Shanoah, but I loaned my copy of Fear and Loathing to my sister. I was spending too much time – much much too much time – reading it.

Instead, I’d like to submit for your approval the consequences of letting an anime fan with a Mario custom level editor get bored. What you get is poor Mario, the once mighty plumber, koopa slayer and mild Italian ethnic slur, reduced to the role of rhythm track for an anime soundtrack mashup.

For 11 solid minutes.

Courtesy of IsoTkhs, with the soundtrack Suite NicoNico here.

As far as I can tell, Mario does little more than walk/run right, jump and bounce off stuff like a crack-addled squirrel through ingeniously – and anally – engineered levels. From such simple behavior comes wonderful things: Mario bounces off of objects and activates events in precise accompaniment to the music. Even the in-game sound effects complement the music, indicating cataloging and cross-referencing bordering on the obsessive.

But the planning for this must have been hideous. I shudder to think of the sleepless nights that went into this and the bleary-eyed, homocidal look on the editor’s face when events didn’t just sync up.

His (or her) Mario world editing skeelz are mad, crazy mad, and I bow down before them.

Thanks yet again to Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing for pointing this out.


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