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As many of you can obviously see from my previous posts, Pokemon is one of my favorite video game series of all-time. The game features a simple, yet unique soundtrack that can be repetitive or amazing at different times of the game. One of the greatest themes in these games is the music that plays when you face your rival. In any hand-held Pokemon game, the rival is always this rebellious asshole who always wants to be the best. The soundtrack fits in perfectly with the theme which includes, competition, jealousy, and intensity. The battles against your rival are always some of the most intense ones, from the first one right after you get your first Pokemon, all the way to when he eventually becomes the champion at the end of the game. The soundtrack is very nostalgic and this particular theme is easily recognized by Pokemon fans around the world. I have included two of the best Rival themes featured in Pokemon games, the original version from Red/Blue/Yellow, as well as the most recent version featured in Black/White. Well, here they are, enjoy!
The Original:

The Most Recent Version:

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One of my absolute favorite video games of all-time has got to be The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The creators took a big gamble in the creation of this game, opting to use cel-shaded graphics as opposed to realistic ones. This technique actually gave the game a distinct feel that I never quite felt in any other video game to date. The games’ soundtrack is one of my personal favorites of all-time and one you should definitely check out. If anything, one song in particular stands out far beyond the others. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that song would be the Dragon Roost Island theme. This song is an absolute masterpiece in my opinion as well as in many Zelda fans hearts. The theme plays once you arrive on an island in the game called Dragon Roost Island. The song itself has a very relaxing feel to it and almost makes me want to be on the beach. If I am ever stressed out I listen to this song and it immediately calms me down and transports my mind into a beautiful imaginary island free of work, stress, and any kind of problems. You must listen to this song before you die or else you aren’t human (just kidding). But anyways, I would like this song to gain more recognition and actually become known to the outside world. So without further ado, here it is:

For my fandom project, I decided to use two things I love, Pokemon and cartoons strips. I took a cartoon that had no bubbles for what Charmander was saying and basically added my interpretation of his thoughts in the given scenario. The life of a Pokemon inside of a Pokeball has always been mysterious to me and I find this particular comic strip to be hilarious in it’s interpretation of it. Well here it is, my final product. Enjoy.

DS 106 Advice

For anyone taking DS 106 in the future I think the most important aspect you should understand before taking the course is that is requires a LOT of effort/time. It’s dangerous to imply that just because it’s a 100 level course, that it will be an easy grade. That is not the case at all, but It all depends on how much you put into your work. You get what you put in, so this class can go either extremely well, or extremely poor depending on your effort. The class itself is one of the greatest learning experiences I have personally ever had in terms of learning about technologies and being able to represent my works through various media. You’ll be surprised how many programs you use by the end of the class. The class itself it very unique in a sense that you basically have the freedom to blog/comment on whatever topic you like, but there are certain requirements you must fulfill. If you’re up for a great challenge/learning experience and are willing to put a lot of effort/time into a class, DS 106 is for you. Otherwise, be cautious because you are entering a class where it does not help at all to procrastinate. In the end, I think everyone reflects back on DS 106 and immediately thinks of how much they have learned through the multiple projects/assignments, but most of them didn’t come easy. Overall, I enjoyed DS 106 because it was an overall enormous learning experience. Although it did take a bunch of time/effort, it will definitely pay off in the long-run because I’ll be sure to take these newly acquired skills along with me for rest of my career.

One of my favorite video game songs of all-time is from the F-Zero racing series by Nintendo. The theme plays on the “Mute City” stage and makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The theme never fails to make me feel the intensity that racing at super high speeds should make you feel. As the gamer, you control a race car driver and try to finish in 1st place out of a total of 30 racers. Along the way, there are speed boosts, and hazards. The theme probably easily ranks in my top 10 favorites of all-time and I would like more people to listen to it. The series itself is severely underrated and for any racing fan out there who likes video games, I encourage you to try the F-Zero series out.

Listen to the epic song for yourselves here:

Video Game Icon: Mario

A History of Mario
First seen in: Donkey Kong (Arcade) 1981
Footage of Mario’s first appearance:

Being one of the most recognizable fictional icons in video games doesn’t happen overnight. Mario is arguably the most famous video game character in the world. Having appeared in over 200 games, it’s most likely that the average gamer has played a video game that features him. Being Nintendo’s official mascot, Mario appears in a wide variety of games, ranging from tennis, golf, kart racing, fighting, adventure, party, etc. His most famous game is undoubtedly Super Mario Bros., the game that really introduced the typical platformer. This game set a standard which arguably changed video games forever. I have even found a flash version of the game that you guys can play here:
Controls:
Control Arrows: Move
A: Jump
S(hold) Run Fast
http://www.classicgamesarcade.com/games/super-mario-world.swf
Arcade Games

Throughout the years, Mario’s graphics have also evolved a lot. Take a look for yourself:

Here is a video compilation of games that feature Mario:

The latest video game released for Nintendo’s Wii is Super Mario Galaxy 2. Some footage can be seen here.

The future looks very bright for video game fans and Mario as well. By growing a strong Mario fan base, Nintendo has successfully attracted many gamers to purchase their games. I can’t wait to see what possibilities can happen with the future of video games.

Just look at how far video game graphics have come. I can’t wait

To go along with one of my favorite video games of all-time, Super Metroid, I present to you my favorite song from the game. The soundtrack is an absolute masterpiece in every aspect. The creepy/mysterious sound is supposed to make the player feel like they are truly lost alone in a remote planet without a GPS. The perfect balance of sound effects and ambiance make the Lower Brinstar Theme an instant classic. The creators of Super Metroid brilliantly incorporated the music to add to the overall excellent experience that they created in what many consider to be the best game of all-time.
Listen to the epic song for yourself: