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23 September 2012 @ 02:11 am
Over the past week-and-a-half, I have become hopelessly addicted to GameCenter CX. Did you ever learn about something years after the fact, and then wonder how you could've missed out for so long? This is one of those cases.

Each episode, host Shinya Arino is given 12 hours and tasked with clearing one "classic" video game. Add in some wonderfully overdramatic narration and some copious Engrish, and you have the greatest, most hilarious reality show ever. Why do simple-but-brilliant concepts like these seem to evade American television?

Also... I have no practical need for a Famicom system - I still have an NES, after all, and most Japanese games can be had via emulation - but hell if watching this show hasn't made me want one. They look as though they've been pried from the control panel of 1970s space cruiser.

Plus, the cartridges seem to come in all shapes, colors, and sizes (with nice, vivid box art), whereas we mostly stuck with boring gray in the United States... Then again, who knows - had I grown up in Japan, I might now be equally as fascinated with the NES. I suppose there's an inexplicable appeal to things that are foreign and different.

And I will say that having wires on the sides of the controllers (as opposed to the top) seems rather inconvenient. My thumbs are annoyed just looking at the pictures.