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February 26, 2013 9:37 PM   Subscribe

The Game Over Tinies. Created by Brentalfloss.

(first link has the entire alphabet on one page.)
posted by louche mustachio (29 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
Maybe it's glaringly obvious, especially after the Google doodle the other day, but it's not mentioned anywhere in the post or the (first) link: Edward Gorey is eminently worth ripping off. These were a nice twist on the master.
posted by carsonb at 9:48 PM on February 26, 2013


That ending kills it (in a good way).
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 9:50 PM on February 26, 2013


Apologies for the lack of Edward Gorey mentioning - the Gashlycrumb Tinies is such a classic that I tend to think that the reference more obvious than it likely is, and this is the first time I have attempted posting from a mobile device. So it is a little rushed.

It made me laugh on the bus and I wanted to share that experience of getting the side-eye from strangers.
posted by louche mustachio at 10:07 PM on February 26, 2013


Navi's name doesn't have an apostrophe. Not bad otherwise, but it's missing a drawing of the Grim Reaper (Castlevania version of course) holding an umbrella over the other characters.
posted by JHarris at 10:08 PM on February 26, 2013


JHarris, I think that is the lead image on the poster, but it's a little hard to tell.
posted by louche mustachio at 10:12 PM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Sonic/Tails combination (especially the rhyme) made me absolutely love this.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 10:28 PM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was skeptical before clicking the link, but this is wonderfully well done. A+ for execution.
posted by oulipian at 10:50 PM on February 26, 2013


I enjoyed this profusely. Thanks, OP.
posted by HostBryan at 10:52 PM on February 26, 2013


This is Bader-Meinhoff for sure: I saw Gashlycrumb tinnies for the first time ever in the bathroom of Bird & Beckett books in SF on Thursday. I thought it was quite clever, exactly the sort of thing that makes great reading material to hang on the wall behind a toilet or urinal.
posted by MattMangels at 10:53 PM on February 26, 2013


The fact that they included Chrono Trigger is what made it for me!
posted by JARED!!! at 11:04 PM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Too perfect. I wasted so much of my childhood watching Sonic drown in those damned underwater levels.

(I still can't do it even now. Halp.)
posted by cmyk at 12:52 AM on February 27, 2013


I wish it included more games that I was personally familiar with, but I liked it otherwise. More so, it makes me wish I'd thought to have done that alphabetical poetry format.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 1:52 AM on February 27, 2013


What? No Lara Croft? Those death animations in the first Tomb Raider always made me feel so damned guilty....
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:53 AM on February 27, 2013


The Yoshi one fills me with deep regret over how many times I selfishly sacrificed that little dinosaur just to double jump out of harm's way or access a secret area. Poor Yoshi. Or Yoshis.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 3:58 AM on February 27, 2013


R is for Rayman, since nobody cares.

Funny, because it's true.
posted by Strange Interlude at 5:37 AM on February 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


As soon as I saw Sonic, I heard that damn music. Frantically looking for air.

This is brilliant.
posted by Hactar at 7:47 AM on February 27, 2013


Wow! Usually these Gashlycrumb knock-offs struggle to fill the alphabet or torture the meter and rhyme, but this one flows beautifully and makes sense start-to-finish.

I'll need this poster somewhat larger than 12'' by 18''.
posted by rlk at 8:21 AM on February 27, 2013


Apparently a third of all the games mentioned are from the Zelda series.
posted by codacorolla at 8:37 AM on February 27, 2013


The writer has their priorities straight.

The fact that they included Chrono Trigger is what made it for me!


...

(Although Chrono who dies isn't a clone)
posted by ersatz at 8:53 AM on February 27, 2013


It is if you do it right. It's a time travel game, remember? There's an optional quest where you can travel back to the point in time where Chrono kicks the bucket and replace Mr. Quiet with a clone. It changes the ending pretty significantly when you do this.
posted by JHarris at 9:19 AM on February 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Full disclosure: I do not play video games. My favorite video game is Adobe After Effects.

But I love Edward Gorey, and have seen many parodies of the Gashlycrumb Tinies, and this one was really well done. It got everything right, and the moments of pathos (Yoshi!) and the clever flourishes (Sonic and Tails) really elevated the proceedings. Gorey is tempting to parody, but difficult to parody well.
posted by louche mustachio at 9:19 AM on February 27, 2013


Actually, chlorine is weaker than you'd think. It'd take 5 minutes to kill Ultros!
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 9:47 AM on February 27, 2013


G is for Gordon. G is always for Gordon.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:03 AM on February 27, 2013


Unless it's for Greg, but that doesn't necessarily fill out the requisite number of syllables. It's gotta scan or we all get twitchy and make that face.
posted by louche mustachio at 10:38 AM on February 27, 2013


G is for Gordon. G is always for Gordon.

G is for Gordon, now lost on a caper;
H is for Half-Life, which vanished in vapor.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 10:54 AM on February 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


R is for Revan, who WAIT WAIT WAIT WHAT?
posted by cmyk at 2:01 PM on February 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


It is if you do it right. It's a time travel game, remember? There's an optional quest where you can travel back to the point in time where Chrono kicks the bucket and replace Mr. Quiet with a clone. It changes the ending pretty significantly when you do this.

Ah, right! I was under the impression that when Chrono comes back from Death Mountain the Chrono Trigger brings the clone alive - I had forgotten you leave the *clone* in front of Lavos. I went through all the endings last year.
posted by ersatz at 2:17 PM on February 27, 2013


Did you get "that" ending, the one where Marle and Lucca pass judgement on the male characters? It's laughably strict in its timing.
posted by JHarris at 10:49 PM on February 27, 2013


Ha, yes! That's the kind of ending walkthroughs were made for. I doubt anyone would open the door and then not pass through it and leave to defeat Lavos. Great game though.
posted by ersatz at 11:21 AM on February 28, 2013


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