Have you ever thought about quirky things from your childhood, that no one knows about you? For some strange reason, I love reminiscing about my mastery of a particular video game way back in 1985.
Hours upon hours escaped me during my impressionable adolescence playing the brilliant game, Super Mario Brothers for Nintendo. I clearly remember skipping meals because I was on the cusp of saving the Princess, I could taste it. Nothing, I mean nothing could pry me away from the machine. How are kids getting fat playing video games these days, they must not be of the completely mesmerizing variety, I mean who would actually stop to eat?
Funny enough my family didn't even own a Super Nintendo, my neighbors did. So apparently they had no qualms with me living in their basement morning, noon, and night, fondling their controllers.
There's nothing quite like the feeling of being successful at Super Mario Brothers, the best selling video game of all time. Of knowing which tunnel to duck into, which hammer throwing duck to run past, and which dragon can be killed in an instant. Or where the secret shortcuts were, to skip ahead, getting closer to the big finish. Blood pumping, thumbs jamming, heart stomping, fun.
I hear the first three notes of the Super Mario Brother's theme song and I am taken back decades. Taken back to a time that I never want to escape me.
Here's someone perfecting the art in five minutes,I don't think I could claim that honor, even in my hayday: