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Vlogust Day 8 - A World Without Wishes
Last month I spent a fair amount of time parked in front of my TV with a controller in hand. Now, this controller had significantly fewer buttons than most of those new-fangled XCUBE and Gamestation 3 controllers have. That’s because it was a Super Nintendo I was playing.

And plugged into this Super Nintendo, which is only a few years younger than I am, was the game cartridge for what is widely considered by video game aficionados to be one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, Nintendo games of all time: Super Mario RPG, the Legend of the Seven Stars.

Rare released the game in America in May of 1996, at the tail end of the fifth generation of console gaming. In all its 16-bit glory, Super Mario RPG wowed gamers with its improved sound, complicated and colorful game sprites, and its beautifully woven and enjoyably intricate plot. Mario fans enjoyed the characters, both new and old; Final Fantasy fans raved about the 3D environment and turn-based combat sequences.

In short, it’s an awesome game.

Basically, what happens is a gang of brutes from some other world comes crashing into the Mushroom Kingdom and breaks apart the pieces of Star Road, the place where wishes go to be granted. Mario battles Smithy’s Gang, including some Power Ranger wanna-be’s, a giant pogo stick, and some really angry looking clown-creatures, to get back the star pieces.

After defeating all of the bosses and crashing through the factory where Smithy manufactures his “weapons” – carbon copies of his gang bent on destruction and mayhem – Mario and friends confront Smithy. They demand that he return the final piece of Star Road to them. Without it, how can anyone’s wishes be granted?

But Smithy won’t be swayed. “Why don't YOU give me YOUR stars?” he retorts. “Why, then I could easily conquer this world! Then we could get rid of wishes, and create a world filled with... WEAPONS!!"

A world filled with weapons. A world where people spend money to blow up other human beings instead of raising them up. A world where a 9mm bullet costs less than a can of soup. A world where there are more guns owned by US citizens (~200 million) than there were people who voted in the 2008 presidential election.

Who would want to live in that world?


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