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Consoleation: Sounding the alarm

Consoleation: Sounding the alarm

Recent economic trends—notably rapid increases in fuel prices and associated price hikes in the general cost of living—should be something that the console video game industry starts taking seriously. Everything is getting more expensive at a most inopportune time for the domestic economy, and with the decline of disposable income, it's only a matter of time before pain is once again felt by the console gaming industry.

Video: Super Mario Fingers

Hokuto "Hok" Konishi is a member of the Quest Crew. (For those that didn't know, Quest Crew were the winners of Season Three of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. They've been enjoying great success since then making appearances all over the world.)

Konishi injured himself while training so he is sidelined from dancing. However, while he can't express himself with his feet, he still has two working hands and has used them to create this video "tribute" to Super Mario.

Video: Super Mario Fingers

Video: Learn how to outrun Mirror's Edge Faith

One of my new favorite shows comes out of Britain. It goes by the name of Misfits and airs on E4 (whatever that is). Anyway, it features a group of young superheroes (or super anti-heroes) and one of them actually uses parkour to get around.

Now, that has always looked cool, but watching the character who is only now starting to do the parkour  thing, I began to wonder where one would learn to even do this stuff and at a level where you could just traverse a city.

Well, wouldn't you know it, there is a place like that. It purports  to be "California's first indoor facility dedicated to freerunning and parkour."

Whether that is true or not is irrelevant. The skills of the people in the video are amazing and even if there weren't some Mario-theme sections in their facility, I'd still find a reason to post this video here.

Video: Learn how to outrun Mirror's Edge Faith

Create your own authentic Legend of Zelda treasure chest

Are you a Legend of Zelda fan? Of course you are. And as a Zelda fan, the one thing you've always wanted outside of a Zora Tunic or the Master Sword is a large chest just like the ones Link finds all the best goodies in.

Remember how dramatic it felt opening one of these chests and finding a dungeon compass?

Instructables user Zachariah Cruse has put together a guide on how to build your own treasure chest so that you too can be serenaded everytime you open it to access your collection of masks, boots and ocarinas.

Monster Tale Review

Metroid Meets Pokémon

Monster Tale Screenshot Monster Tale Screenshot

HIGH The theme song in the Treehouse Grotto.

LOW The late-game money fetch quest that sticks out as padded play time.

WTF Why is the giant rabbit named Lobster?

Consoleation: The not so noble intentions of abandoning instruction manuals

Fight Night Champion Screenshot

I came out pretty strong on Twitter recently, decrying the loss of instruction manuals as publishers such as Ubisoft and EA Sports have made moves to abolish print manuals in exchange for digital manuals that can be found as extra content on the game disc. While publishers are reasoning that eliminating such manuals is better for the environment, it seems evident to me that there are more significant factors at work here.

Video: Brothers Mario 2: Kong Country

The GameStation is back with a sequel to its clever Mario Brothers/Grand Theft Auto mash up. This time, there is a new Don, a Don-Key Kong, stepping on Bowser's turf. Who does he call for help? The Brothers Mario of course.

At first I couldn't see Donkey Kong and Mario as enemies going up against Bowser. That was until I realized that, historically speaking, Donkey Kong and Mario have been enemies from Nintendo's beginning. I guess years of watching them pal around in Super Mario Kart, Mario Tennis and Super Smash Bros. skewed my view.

Video: Brothers Mario 2: Kong Country

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Review

A Hard Night's Work

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Screenshot

HIGH WELCOME!

LOW Repeatedly failing part of chapter 16 because an object I needed was just slightly out of view.

WTF Why does everyone in this game like chicken so much?

Four-year old gets Mario-themed birthday party

Four-year old gets Mario-themed birthday party

Some kids get parties where they get to dress up as their favorite super hero or game character and their Mom and Dad throws around some related paraphernalia (mostly store-bought shlock).

This four-year-old's parents went above the call to create something so authentic and detailed that its a shame the four-year-old won't remember it when he or she is older.

Video: "Mario" Movie

It seems anyone with a camera and fellow film students with free time has made a Super Mario Bros. movie. This latest one goes at the Mario story from perhaps a more realistic angle. The story of Mario seems the result of a series of hallucinogenic experiences by the lead character. Are those really power-up blocks he sees? Is Bowser really a lizard? Maybe Mario just has a substance abuse problem.

Video: Mario Movie

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