Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Parish’

1UP/EGM Forever

January 18, 2009

This…is…rad. I grabbed this from Dan “Shoe” Hsu and Crispin Boyer’s site Sore Thumbs. This piece was done by artist Bill Mudron, who drew EGM’s Seek And Destroy series, as a goodbye and tribute. It supposedly contains every 1Up staff and tons of EGM inside jokes throughout it’s run.

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Okay here’s who I got so far. I probably got a few of these wrong. If any 1UP/EGM super fans can help fill in the blanks, please comment and do so.

Top Center Cirlce: Dan “Shoe” Hsu, Mielke, Shawn Smith, Mark Mcdonald, Donahoe?, Quarterman, Sushi X.

Right Side Top Circle: Jeremy Parish, Scott Sharkey, Ray Barnholt?, Jenn Frank, Alice Liang, other two I don’t know.

Right Side Bottom Circle: The 1UP Show Crew, Ryan O’Donnell, Matt Chandronait, Jane Pinkard, Kathleen Sanders, David Ellis, Rob Bowen, is that Che Chou? And I don’t know who’s at the very bottom.

Left Side Top Circle: Nick Suttner, Phil Koller, Anthony Gallegos, Crispin Boyer, Greg Ford, Jenn Tsao?, Tina Sanchez.

Left Side Botom Circle: Jeff Green, Ryan Scott, Shawn Elliot. Other two I don’t know.

Bottom Circle: Skip Pfister, Todd Zuniga, Shane Bettenhausen, Luke Smith, Garnett Lee. Two guys on the right, I’m not sure.

Outskirts: Sean Baby, Andrew Fitch, Demian Linn.

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Metroidvania

July 19, 2008

“Metroidvania” is a term I feel more gamers should be aware of. Here Jeremy Parish, Scott Sharkey and Chris Kohler of 1up and Retronauts fame discuss a sub genre that is pretty much obsolete in our current state of gaming. “Metroidvania” is basically a free roaming, back tracking 2D game where your exploration relied on obtaining certain items which allowed you to continue to unlock and explore new areas. What’s funny is that the first Castlevania had definite level divisions with no back tracking whatsoever. That’s easily overlooked considering Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is probably THE pinnacle of all 2D “Metroidvania” games. It’s the gold standard in which all other games in this odd sub genre are compared to.

A totally interesting yet completely hilarious podcast. It made me realize how important and revolutionary both the Metroid and Castlevania series are and have a new found appreciation for them.

You know, I kinda like the term “Castleroid”.