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Donkey Kong’s side of the story

September 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Growing up, Donkey Kong was always the villain.

He captured the damsel in the original Donkey Kong and he did the same in subsequent arcarde sequels. I grew up learning to despise that great gorilla.

Now Children see Donkey Kong as a hero and a protagonist in his own game, but do they know his dark past?

My son actually took a picture with Donkey Kong at the San Diego Zoo when Nintendo was promoting Donkey Kong Country:Freeze last summer. Since then, my son has been expose to a Donkey Kong who stars in his own game and is also one of the characters one can choose for Mario Kart 8. My daughter, at first, was hesitant towards Donkey Kong; she refused to take a photo opportunity with him. Probably espoused to the idea that great big gorillas cannot be trusted. She also didn’t like the idea that Donkey Kong was joining playtime with my son’s Happy Meal toys.

My son isn't playing Mario Kart yet, but he is practicing.

My son isn’t playing Mario Kart yet, but he is practicing.

But to my son, he wouldn’t have anyone but Donkey Kong or even Bowser to chauffeur his chariot in playtime.

Interesting times we live in.

It made me think of how Donkey Kong would have his side of the story explained:


Donkey Kong Poem

Grew up isolated and harassed,

some may say even despised,

But no one ever had bothered,

to view the story through my eyes,


I chucked red barrels down construction site,

Employed fiery blazes to assist me,

Why was the plumber the hero? It’s all quite trite,

He’d spend his days locked up a dream,

chasing turtles and coins,

but never paying attention to she,

her days spent with someone so shallow,

he’s go down the piping,

to find coinage for extra lives,
but was he really living?

or was he chasing a pipe dream?

Collecting these coins and ignoring his queen,

or princess or life for that matter,

Now I sit on my throne of bananas and pride,

vision not obfuscated by grandeur,

my eyes opened wide.


I know what’s important,

I too have dreams,

And don’t look down at me,

because sometimes things are not what they seem.


I’d just thought that I’d write that,

“Donkey Kong is not mean.”




Stress and video games

July 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Games are supposed to be an escape, like delving into a good book or enjoying a movie with family and friends. But then…life happens and you cannot find the time to fit in some personal time. That is when stress begins to surmount and one is left trudging along your day carrying feelings of angst. The truth is that everyone deals with stress in some form or fashion. I have to remind myself that life happens and you need to shift priorities. I am, after all, the beleaguered gamer.

Currently one of my favorite games is Pikmin 3 on the Wii U. I love to get lost in the world where giant bugs rule and you have your own tiny creatures under your control to navigate the turmoil that occurs in a garden.

One bug really that caught my attention is the Calcified Crushblat and I just couldn’t help but feel sorry for it. This was my bug…the bug that was I was meant to see in this stress-filled world. A bug with a crustacean-like shell that only your Rock Pikmin can break. Each hit, lessens the protective shell’s strengths and little by little, pieces begin to fall and the bug is left exposed. This is when your other Pikmin can land on the creature in all it’s naked glory and beat him down one by one.

This, my friend, is stress!


Stress on the Calcified Crushblat will cause deterioration of it's protective shell.

Stress on the Calcified Crushblat will cause deterioration of it’s protective shell.

This bug is the amalgamation of stress breaking us down. a living symbol of how life can chip at your cozy protective shell and how only those big problems, that are like the Rock Pikmin, can penetrate. However, after a few hard blows from those “big” issues, then you go down and the little stuff gets you.

It’s a hard world my friends and all I can say is that you should create some recipe to battle stress. Mine consists of exercise and a steady diet of Pikmin problem solving sessions, but everyone has those days when your shell has been exposed and you need to recoup quickly. That is when you should remember the Ode to the Calcified Crushblat


Oh Calcified Crushblat,

How docile you seem, sleeping in your harden shell of solitude,

quick to crush when approached,

quick to lose a shell on reproach,

Hammered by life,

Striving for security,

But little colorful problems start chipping away,

Retreat Calcified Crushblat for you’re no match!

Go back to a safer habitat where you can regroup,

your thoughts, your sense of security and that shell too.

I didn’t mean to be rude and intrude,

but you got in my way during this mess,


your friend…


On the road of Life- Mario Kart Analogy

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Assured of certain certainties,
The conscience of a blackened street
Impatient to assume the world.

-T.S Eliot

Toad on a shelf

Up above my book shelf, sits Toad overlooking my path in writing

Mario Kart is one of my favorite games of all time.  You can play with gamers of all levels.  The items the racers obtain can move someone from last place to first, even on the final lap.  When I was younger and I played the game, I would quit (or RAGE quit) whenever I faltered on the first lap.

Hit a Goomba strolling the track?  Quit.
Jumped into a ravine and the Lakitu is pulling me out with his smug faced cloud?  Quit
Tried to start off with a boost, but instead the engine chokes?  Quit.

But you have to learn patience.  You have to keep faith in your skill and make sure you persevere.  Then I thought this is sort of like life.

So this poem came to mind…

On the Road to Life (On a Mario Kart):

You tackle life in strides as if one rides,

a unique Kart that adds character to their soul,

The goal to finish on top, or somewhere above middle,

Unraveling riddles in a bright pixelated box. Stay sharp as a fox,

Sometimes life’s turns are harsh and you fall down,

Sad as some may smile upon your momentary failed path,

but soon enough you pass them back up, “do we dare laugh?”

like a Toad can turn a prince, or Princess in this case.

All is Peachy!

You have to keep your head held high in this magnificent race.