Something totally trivial that no one but me cares about happened today: I finally caught up with Chrontendo!
I’ve been reading Chrontendo — chronicling one man’s compulsive need to play every Nintendo game (and Sega game, and TG16 game) in chronological order — for quite a while now. It’s not the only blog of its kind, but it’s the only one with anything like actual endurance. The mysterious Dr. Sparkle has been plugging away at this thing for a few years and has covered five years’ worth of console games — five years’ worth of every console game — which is no mean feat.
But you know me and my disinterest in podcasts, so I hadn’t bothered actually watching Chrontendo until a couple of months ago when I decided to drop the series on my iPad to watch while I use my elliptical machine at night. I guess it’s kind of weird to watch a retrospective on old video games while exercising, huh? Yeah well, whatever, man. Turns out it’s an enjoyable show, touching on both good and popular games as well as terrible and obscure ones. It’s not exactly polished, but a lot of research clearly goes into each episode, and there’s just enough sarcasm to keep the production from being too dry. All in all, good stuff.
There have been a few bits that made me cringe — not because the show’s bad, but because I realize “aw, crap, he beat me to that.” Like when I watched the critique of The Goonies II, recorded a year or two before I wrote my own Goonies I & II piece; both made pretty much exactly the same observations about the game, but his came first. That’s when I have to step off the elliptical and shake my fist with a cry of “SPARKLE!” that shakes the firmament. Although it sounds less like I’m angry and more like I’m auditioning for an episode of Jem.
Anyway, it’s a fine blog and video podcast, so check it out if you haven’t already.
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