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Throwback Gaming: The Lion King (SNES Version)

How many of you still have your old gaming systems?  I got my Super Nintendo when I was 10 years old.  I had to beg for it, for some reason, my mom didn’t want me to have a gaming console, but when I did get one, SHE was the one that bought it.  Now at age 34 (yes, I am 34 as of June 12th this year), my trusty SNES not only STILL works, but it’s barely even discolored.  It’s finally started to show around where the controllers plug in, and I think one of my controllers is slightly discolored, but you’ll miss it if you’re not looking closely.  That was a magical Christmas.  That year I got my SNES that came with both Super Mario World AND Super Mario Kart, and about 3-4 other games, a Game Boy with the Handy Boy accessories, and a few games for that, too.  Some of the games which to this day, I still haven’t beaten.

We moved from Texas to North Carolina when I was 12, and I remember my mom taking me to Blockbuster (can you handle all this throwback goodness tho?) and she got a game for me to rent.  I picked the Lion King.  I can’t remember, nor am I sure I WANT to remember how much time I spent trying to beat that damn game. I must have liked it enough, because my mom got me my own copy for keeps.  The first level isn’t that bad.  And I’m pretty sure it was done that way, to lure the player into a false sense of security.  The “fun” begins when you get here:

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“It starts.”

When I first started playing this game, I learned the hard way that if you stand on the giraffes’ heads for too long, they tilt their heads to knock you off, and apparently Simba’s ass can’t swim, so you die if you fall in the water.  I would like to point out that the one nice thing about this game, is that the levels aren’t timed, so at least you don’t have to worry about all of the game’s B.S., AND a time limit.  I guess Nintendo had at least a shred of something resembling a human soul on that account.

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Nintendo sips smugly on your tears.

Every so often I revisit my old games and play them, usually Super Mario World because it’s my favorite game on this system.  It’s been a LONG time since I played The Lion King, so I decided I hated myself enough to pop this in, and not even 10 minutes into playing, I was dropping f-bombs like it was World War II.  Since then, I think Simba and I have both been giving serious thought to our life decisions.

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Mistakes were made.

*Side note:  How is it that the giraffes had a problem with Simba standing on their heads while the rhinos couldn’t have cared less about him literally swinging off of their asses??  Seriously, you can stay there and swing for eternity if that’s what you want to do.  Meanwhile, the giraffes are all high and mighty.  I mean, LOOK at them.*

 

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“Bye, Felicia!”

I remember loving how they really turned the movie into a game.  After the “Can’t wait to be King” level, you go through the elephant graveyard (“Be Prepared”), the wildebeest stampede, then Hakuna Matata.  Oh Hakuna Matata, where you battle jumping spiders, spitting frogs, a pain in the ass waterfall, all to get to a giant gorilla who can and WILL bitch slap you while he acts like he’s innocently eating a banana.

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A face you can trust.

He also throws coconuts at you, and apparently the makers of this game decided that bouncing coconuts actually sound like metal paint cans.  From there, you magically grow up and can start doing some bitch slapping of your own as adult Simba, and even throw a cheetah or two.  After braving lava geysers, a maze of caves with hyenas who seem to be tired for no reason (or maybe they’re starving, hmmm…), you get to the last level with Scar.  Try not to get fried by lightning as you confront him three different times, similar to the aforementioned gorilla in the Hakuna Matata level.  Once you toss his triflin’ tail over the cliff, you can restore order to the Pridelands, roaring like the beast you are.

I got to a point where I had beaten this game so many times, it wasn’t even funny.  But after not having picked it up for a good long time (I’ve probably played it once or twice at some point between my 20’s and 30’s), I clearly felt like punishing myself.  This game also came out on the Sega Genesis, and people talk about the two versions like there’s a difference between them.  I didn’t have a Genesis as a kid, but I have one now, so I might have to track down a copy and play for myself.

Old school games, what would we do without them?  See ya next time! ❤

 

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Long Hiatus and Birthday Shtuff!

What’s up, everyone!  Yes, I know it’s been a while, sorry about that!  Life kind of kept happening and I guess I needed more time than I thought!  Anyway, I’m back!  A little R&R can do wonders for you!  So, last Monday was my birthday!  It was pretty low key, I saved my shenanigans for the weekend when my boyfriend and I celebrated our birthdays together.  I started off getting glitter-bombed by my own mother with not one, not two, but THREE birthday cards from her, LOL!!  I made the mistake of opening them in bed, too…

Anyway, later on in the day, I felt like it would be a crime for me to not make myself look magical, so I dolled myself up a lil’ bit. 😉

I used my Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette for this fun, unicorn-esque look!  I finally got to use the shade in the palette called “Metamorphosis,” and OMG!  It’s SUCH a pretty iridescent blue!  I’ll be looking for many more excuses to use that one!  Here’s a bonus photo of me with my very necessary birthday crown! ❤  Thanks for reading, I’ll see you soon!

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Because if you can’t be extra on your birthday, when CAN you??

Cosplay Life: #28DaysofBlackCosplay

I thought about whether or not I’d include a section on this blog for my general ramblings, and I decided that I would. 🙂  You’ll see posts ranging from what games I’m playing, to maybe just something that popped into my head and I decided to write about it for a spell.

So, if you’re a fan of cosplay and have been on Facebook and Instagram (maybe other social media too), there’s a hashtag going around this month called #28DaysofBlackCosplay.  As it is known, February is Black History Month, and a few years ago, a cosplayer that goes by the moniker of Princess Mentality Cosplay decided that it would be awesome to shine the light on POC cosplayers in the community.  As awesome as this is, there is always some confusion as to the intent of this movement.  It seems like every year, there are people out there that get offended and sound off about it not being fair, and why can’t there be a 28 days of <insert ethnicity> cosplay movement.  First off, if someone out there wants to start a hashtag of a similar nature at some time of the year, I’m certain they are more than welcome to.  Just make sure it’s for a good reason, and not to be spiteful.  But people need to stop and think about this from another perspective, and that’s what gets overlooked.  It’s not about making black cosplayers “more important” than anyone else, it’s about shining the spotlight on a demographic within the cosplay community that doesn’t get the same amount of love, respect, and recognition as other cosplayers out there.

Black cosplayers face a lot of ridicule.  We’re told “<insert non-black character> isn’t black,” or called “the black version of <insert character>, that we “can’t”/shouldn’t cosplay outside of our race, or the character’s name is twisted to include some stereotype about black people, like this:

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Seriously??

Let’s look at this meme for a moment.  Here we have a black male cosplayer dressed as a pretty good Link from Legend of Zelda.  Not only is he “Black Link,” but he’s out to get his “hoe” back and “cap” someone.  Why can’t he just be Link?  Why did Zelda become a “hoe” in association to the person cosplaying Link being black?   I want to make sure it’s known that I’m not “offended.”  I just want to take a moment to ask some questions that a lot of people might not stop to think about.  That being said, I’m sure that there are other POC cosplayers in the community that deal with this sort of thing as well, and I’m not trying to act like black cosplayers are the ONLY ones who face some of these problems, it’s everywhere.  There was an awesome female cosplayer that did Disney princess characters with her Hijab that faced a lot of trolls, so no one is really immune to this kind of thing.  This hashtag is meant to bring awareness, and shine the spotlight on black cosplayers as a whole because we are just as much a part of this community as much as anyone else.  And you don’t have to be black to participate in this celebration either.  If you aren’t black, but follow some awesome black cosplayers, or you’re a photographer with photos of black cosplayers, you can participate and join in on the fun.  Like Black History Month serves as a celebration of the impact black people have had on history and society as a whole, this movement serves as a celebration of the talent and creativity that black cosplayers have, as well as a reminder that no matter who you are or what you look like, you can cosplay like anyone else.  It’s ironic that in a community that the outside world might look at as “weird,” that there is so much judgment within it aimed at each other.

I never realized how much fun I would have joining in on this.  Because last year was a leap year, the hashtag was #29DaysofBlackCosplay.  And as the month went on, I found more and more that I was really getting into sharing these other cosplayers, the importance behind it, and just how much fun it is in general.  I feel like I’m an emcee for a very creative, kick ass fashion show, and I love it!  It gave me new cosplayers to follow, and I realized that I’m part of this too, because I’m a black cosplayer.  The thing is, that in a perfect world, none of this would be needed if everyone were looked at as equals.  Sadly, that’s just not the way the world is, and that’s why things like this are important.  It’s important to see more than just the same faces, it’s important to broaden our horizons, and our scope of vision. And while I have no intention of getting political in this post, given what we’ve all been seeing in the news as a whole, it makes things like this extra important.  We need more togetherness, positivity, and support of one another.  I’m going to show a few examples of the awesomeness I’m talking about.

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Princess Mentality Cosplay as Akasha (Queen of the Damned) Photo by Hell or High Water Photography

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Shawshank Cosplay and Props Making as Black Panther, photographer unknown (but I will update this caption as soon as I find the photographer)

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Mahogany Cosplay as Effie Trinket (Hunger Games), photographer unknown (will update)

If you’d like to see more of this awesomeness, click on the hashtag the next time you see it somewhere.  I’m participating again this year, so you can check out my Facebook page as well, as I will be sharing at least one (sometimes more) cosplayer a day, and you can check out my personal work on there, and other sections on this blog.

Talent, creativity, and love for geeky things isn’t reserved for only certain types of people, it’s for everyone and anyone who wants to be a part of it.  If you read my About Me on the front page of this blog.  I started doing this just because I thought it would be fun to do, and that’s what we ALL do.  Thanks for reading, I’ll see you soon!!