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Snack Time With The Evil Geeks

Lunchboxes were a rite of passage growing up and the Evil Geeks got together to discuss their most memorable. Many heated debates were spurred over these around the lunch table, so don’t forget to weigh in and tell us what yours was.

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I loved this fucking thing. It’s the only lunchbox I ever remember having. I’m still strangely proud of owning this. Shit, I’ll rep Super Mario 2 until the day I die. Not to mention, you already know my feelings on Zelda 2. So this was a gift from the heavens for me. What’s a little strange is that it’s actually promoting the Super Mario Brothers: Super Show, which I was a big fan of. You know, the one that had a Zelda cartoon on Fridays!? Yet, that’s what Mario and Luigi looked like on the show, but not Link and that insane Hyrulian knight he’s fighting. To top it off too it’s being presented by Nintendo Power in conjunction with some company called Aladdin? That’s all kinds of weird. It seems like they are trying to capitalize on the show without actually saying that that’s what it is. Good move Nintendo, I wouldn’t want to give Viacom and a company named DiC any more money either.

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Pulp Corner: Astor Alexander’s Nintendo Pulp Art

By combining two of my favorite things artist Astor Alexander’s work has zoomed to the top of my holiday wish list. I’m a big fan of the art of the Nintendo era, but I’m enamored with all things film noir and pulp especially the design specifics. So when I stumbled across these three prints it was a slam dunk for me. I really wish these were legitimate books…

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You can purchase these as prints here and if you’re interested in following Alexander’s work or seeing more of it, check it out.

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Evil Geeks Archaeology: The Brotherhood of Evil Geeks and the Relics of Hyrule

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Excavating relics is a tricky business. When I was a child, I wanted nothing more to be an archaeologist because of the Indiana Jones movies. It took me a long time to be convinced that it wasn’t all finding ancient artifacts and fighting Nazi’s. There’s a lot of research done in libraries and more often than not you were looking for pieces of pottery as opposed to mythic treasure.

I recently uncovered some documents in my house that I had thought were swept up by the sands of time. The documents in questions were photographs. I’m not sure when exactly they were taken, but my best carbon dating would place them around 1990. My father though he carried not a master sword was able to forge Link’s shield for me.

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The Art Of Zelda 2: The Adventure Of Link

I’m a sucker for old school Nintendo art. Chief among them though is the art inside in the instruction booklet for the original Legend Of Zelda game. In a time where video game stories began to evolve a bit often the brief manuals that came with it were tasked with fleshing out the world and giving you a bit of background on the history or the characters. Zelda was a far reaching fantasy epic unlike say the simplicity of River City Ransom’s storyline or Double Dragon.

With the world wide success of the first game Nintendo quickly cashed in with a sequel, the often misunderstood and black sheep of the series Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link. I’m not here to praise the game itself today (hell, I’ve already done that) but rather the art that goes with it. Say what you will about the game itself, but the story is richer and deeper than the original and adds a lot to Hyrule mythos. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself. It does what any good sequel does by simultaneously driving the story both forward and backward.

The art retains a similar feel to the original yet a little more exaggerated and cartoonish. Just looking at it puts you into the mindset of a deep fantasy adventure along with that classic NES feeling.

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The Art Of The Legend Of Zelda

I recently did an article showcasing some of the art of Mario 3 for the NES. In doing so it made me think about some of the other 8 bit era art that I loved so much as a child. You see, back then the graphics on most games while not without charm, by today’s standards are the equivalent to hot garbage. Meaning that the cover art for the game and/or the box was very important (and often grossly misleading). In the early days of the system some games would give you all the back story in its booklets with accompanying pictures to immerse yourself into the world of the game before pressing power on the console. After all cutscenes were still a little ways away.

The Legend of Zelda is and always will be one of the greatest and most innovative video games that Nintendo ever released (despite any misgivings you may have about its sequel). The booklets original art had always enamored me as a child and really helped to set the tone for the franchise or at least the two NES games. So if you’ve never seen these before, sit back and enjoy. If your already familiar it’s time to get yourself reacquainted.

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My Personal Super Bowl: A Link to the Past

Good Morning minions! As everyone knows, Sunday night was the Super Bowl, and yours truly did what does every year for the big game. Not fucking watch it. No offense to anyone, but Arthur is not a big sports fan. I became embittered as a child when I learned that the batter was not allowed to run the bases without his cudgel. Imagine the sheer amount of awesome that would give to the game. But I stray. Last night, as I was awaiting the game to turn on, so I could turn off, I began wondering what I could do to entertain myself for the evening. I could go out….but that would involve money and moving. I could watch a movie….not really feeling it. Then an idea struck me. What if I created my own Super Bowl? With swords…and blackjack….and hookers?……eeeh maybe not the blackjack. After a few minutes of contemplation, I came up with a marvelous idea. I would continue playing Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past….and I would update my progress on Twitter for the world to see. Which is exactly what I did.

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