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Videogame players die a thousand deaths, complete with appropriately nostalgic soundtrack. [via BB]
posted by bayani (32 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh, wow, _Athena_. I didn't realize anybody but me had ever played that.

The NARC death at 1:20 wasn't actually a death, was it? I mean, that was just killing some dude who dropped cash, right?
posted by gurple at 12:25 PM on April 14, 2011


The MIDI remix was the best part.
posted by KokuRyu at 12:26 PM on April 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


I hate to nitpick (I love to nitpick), but at least a few of these "deaths" were crapfully staged. The video's trying to capture the agony of defeat, but some of the deaths are the protagonist running head-on into an enemy. No botched jump, no bullet hell, just "we need a shot of character death."

Kind of like if the plot of a book or movie required the death of a character, but the execution actually was "and then Snape killed Dumbledore. Harry had a sad."
posted by explosion at 12:30 PM on April 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


OH shit, please send me more chiptune links... I haven't stepped into that musical world in about two years and I'd really, really like to sift through it again now.
posted by odinsdream at 12:34 PM on April 14, 2011


My wife says that when (God forbid) she passes away she wants this music played as her coffin is lowered into the ground.
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:36 PM on April 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


odinsdream: "OH shit, please send me more chiptune links... I haven't stepped into that musical world in about two years and I'd really, really like to sift through it again now."

Here's virt's contribution to the Music subsite (MusicMe?)
posted by pwnguin at 12:44 PM on April 14, 2011


odinsdream: "OH shit, please send me more chiptune links... I haven't stepped into that musical world in about two years and I'd really, really like to sift through it again now."

Here is a DJ mix my friend made.
posted by mkb at 12:45 PM on April 14, 2011


(Well, it's skweee, not chiptunes, but close)
posted by mkb at 12:46 PM on April 14, 2011


OH shit, please send me more chiptune links... I haven't stepped into that musical world in about two years and I'd really, really like to sift through it again now.

If you've not seen this before, you're welcome.
posted by juv3nal at 12:48 PM on April 14, 2011


Missing the deaths from Total Distortion, Sega Rally, and...I'll think of more I'm sure
posted by hellojed at 12:50 PM on April 14, 2011


I loved loved loved playing top-down shooters and it was always so frustrating to get caught in a crossfire -- but my occasional miraculous escape by somehow dodging four enemy bullets with different trajectories always made the rest of my day awesome.
posted by bayani at 12:54 PM on April 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Those who do not learn from their mistakes are doomed to an endless Vortal Loop.
posted by Zozo at 12:57 PM on April 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Huh. I liked this much more than I anticipated.
posted by Justinian at 1:01 PM on April 14, 2011


My god.. jake's chiptunes on Music are... awesome...
posted by odinsdream at 1:04 PM on April 14, 2011


That was pretty cool, but viewing the Outrun car flip as a death sends that game to a rather macabre place. In Outrun, you can only run out of time... presumably because the game takes place on some sort of terraformed moon and the timer represents your remaining oxygen.
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 1:06 PM on April 14, 2011


I clicked through and was disappointed to find that the soundtrack was something other than Thousand Deaths, by Aesop Rock.
posted by HighTechUnderpants at 1:08 PM on April 14, 2011


Holy crap, the game at 1:21 with the sword-fighters, I was just reminiscing about playing that game at a pizza restaurant in the 80s and I couldn't remember what it was called. I was thinking about posting an AskMe. Anyone know what it is?
posted by otolith at 1:09 PM on April 14, 2011


Ah, Gladiator. My first experience with a useful youtube comment.
posted by otolith at 1:17 PM on April 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


Anybody else have their hands shake uncontrollably when the plane from Afterburner hit the water? Lot of games in there that I haven't thought about in a long time.
posted by penduluum at 1:32 PM on April 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Didn't realize until now how much of my childhood was spent dying.
posted by mammary16 at 1:40 PM on April 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


Didn't realize until now how much of my childhood was spent dying.

They say the moment that you're born is when you start to die.
posted by rough ashlar at 1:51 PM on April 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh, Choplifter - how I miss the countless sunny days spent frittering my allowance away in you, surrounded by sugar and hooting friends.

How does one make a 'wistful' emoticon, anyway?
posted by Pecinpah at 2:08 PM on April 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


How does one make a 'wistful' emoticon, anyway?

as close as I can get:
(*´ー`)
posted by bayani at 2:21 PM on April 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


Sweet. What is the green and black tank game at 23 seconds? I remember playing that one.
posted by Corduroy at 2:36 PM on April 14, 2011


Awesome soundtrack and nostalgia but I was hoping for a bit more of Guybrush Threepwood dying.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 2:40 PM on April 14, 2011


The comments say it's BattleZone. I forgive you for not reading YouTube comments.
posted by mkb at 2:40 PM on April 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


> CONTINUE? 9 ... 8 ... 7 ... 6 ...

The best-ever Continue? screen.
posted by The Card Cheat at 3:44 PM on April 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


fun to see all the pixelated death throes, but I wanted to hear the actual death sounds, and not some plunky synth track. without the death audio I found it flat and distant.
posted by TMezz at 3:49 PM on April 14, 2011


I hate to be that guy but I bet no one who has played Prince of Persia would forget the pits with spikes.

Sodding pits.
posted by ersatz at 3:50 PM on April 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Not exactly up my alley, but stuff like this is precisely what boingboing exists to do.
posted by benito.strauss at 4:12 PM on April 14, 2011


Joust. One fraction of a second of video brought back forgotten memories of hours playing in a dingy Yonge Street arcade in Toronto in the early eighties.

Man, I'm old now.
posted by salishsea at 5:10 PM on April 14, 2011


Thank you for your kind comments on my vid! The game with the swords (everyone asks!) is called Gladiator or Great Gurianos, depending on region.
posted by beschizza at 5:42 PM on April 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


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