The newest batch of GameSpite Quarterly 3 content shows off the strength of this volume, in my opinion. They’re all concise entries about fairly obscure character, rooted in the lore and mechanics of each game yet which venture well beyond the realm of simple, factual explanations. The book has taken some criticism in certain quarters for being insufficiently, I dunno, anecdotal. But it was never meant to be! We put together a breezy encyclopedia of 8-bit videogame characters spanning the gamut of years, systems, and popularity, and these guys here are fine representatives of our mission statement.
- Spelunker (Bob Mackey): The star of his own eponymous game, Spelunker just might be responsible for my most humiliating game moment ever as I tried the PS3 remake at Tokyo Game Show and did such a terrible job that the booth girl broke her mask of implacable bland good cheer to express pity for me.
- Steve Hermann (Justin Hoeger): Do you remember Shatterhand? Neither do I, really, but I figured we should include its hero on our list anyway. Because someone out there surely does.
- Super Ace Lockheed P-38 (myself): This is possibly the first article about 1943 ever to appear on the Internet that doesn’t go for the standard joke of, “LOL Japanese making game about killing Japan hurf durf.” I’m sorry for abandoning this tradition, but there wasn’t enough space.
(If you want the anecdotal stuff, hold out for GSQ4, which will have a needlessly elaborate 10,000-word essay on Etrian Odyssey, among other things.)