A Few More Random Thoughts

You’ll all be delighted to know that “incompetency” is a word. Yes, this is important, for reasons that will become apparent as I start uploading my Ys I & II Let’s Play.

Speaking of Let’s Plays, watching Cornshaq’s playthrough of the NES game Rambo convinced me that this game may be the worst application of a license in video game history. I mean, you’ve got the Rambo license. You know, Sly Stallone, hugely musclebound Vietnam Vet, bow and exploding arrows? Apparently someone decided that a game playing much like Zelda II‘s overhead sections, and set in Vietnam, would be the perfect use of the license.

Full disclosure: When I was little, I liked this game a lot. The music especially stood out to me; there aren’t a whole lot of tracks, but what’s there is great, and would suit itself pretty well to a rockout-fest Minibosses style. Re-watching the game as an adult, I still think the game would hold up pretty well as one of the better licensed games of its era (Admittedly not a difficult feat), and removing the Rambo license altogether would leave you with a solid adventure/exploration game that could hold up on its own merits.

But c’mon. Someone decided RAMBO would make a good Zelda II clone? All right…

This is why I’m not a game company executive, I guess.


    • James on January 29, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    You know what would have made a great NES game? The Gummi Bears cartoon– seriously!

    • Silver on January 30, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    lol. James . . . what am I going to do with you?

    • emptyeye on January 31, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Gummi Bears? Bouncing here and there and everywhere?

    …that’s all I’ve got for that, sorry.

    What would the plot be? “The Gummi Bears have been kidnapped by ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the Gummi Bears?” though I guess it would make as much sense as turning Rambo into a Zelda II knockoff…

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