July 28th, 2006


more proof that japan is insane

I've known about the Parodius shmups for over ten years, but I've never tried one until today. The obligatory question to ask would be "what the hell was Konami smoking," but that wouldn't be fair to drugs. No substance known to man or beast could produce something so bizarre. It's one thing to do a clever parody of your own games, it's another to do one with evil bathtub ladies and barfing clowns. With a soundtrack that borrows heavily from classical music.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MVdbxLXIEfM&search=parodius. Watch until the mid-boss--it starts to get really weird around then.

That not weird enough for you? Try this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=UmE4-bIMMQA&search=parodius. Four words: Steam-powered pirate cat.

Yes, there are weirder games, but the less I think about them the better.