“Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, select, start-AAAAAAHHHHHH!” That’s how I imagine Metallica‘s James Hetfield inputting the Konami code while playing 8-bit Contra. You know you’re stuck with that image in your mind as well. Because what’s more entertaining than imagining Hetfield rocking some NES and screaming, “YEAH!” with each power up he gets.
Now, if you can’t imagine that or feel like your life is kinda empty without something a bit more…tangible, then have I got something for you! Below you can hear Potatobombs1 8-bit rendition of the entire Reload album, which gives it a super nostalgic fun feel.
Head on below and enjoy! READ MORE
Custom action figures make me insanely jealous mainly because I can’t have them, and when I want something, I WANT IT (spoiled anyone?).
Mint Condition Custom tapped into my childhood, which were already being tickled by the newly released iOS “Contra” game, with their custom “Contra” toys.
They explain, and offer for sale at the aforementioned link: “What if the classic arcade game “Contra” had been made into a live action movie back in the 80′s? That was the question I asked myself while tackling this project. Since the original characters were so obviously based on Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone (so much so that the cover to the original game was traced over movie stills from Predator), I decided that none other than the two action stars themselves would play the lead characters, Bill “Mad Dog” Rizer, and Lance “Scorpion” Bean. READ MORE
I was one of those kids that loved playing Contra on the original NES. Friends would come over and we’d crowd around my 13-inch TV, eager to shoot the hell out of Red Falcon. I’d pop in the cartridge, turn on the Nintendo, and…DAMMIT! Gimme a second here guys… ::takes out cartridge, blows like a madman on the bottom, pops it back in, turns on POWER:: Dun-DUN-Dun-dun-Dun…BUM-BUM! YES! GAME ON! And the first thing we did? ⇡-⇡-⇣-⇣-⇠-⇢-⇠-⇢-B-A-select-start. 30 lives, bitches.
Taking the role of either Bill “Mad Dog” Rizer or Lance “Scorpion” Bean, my friends and I passed the controller tackling level after level in an effort to make it as far as we could before the parents determined that enough was enough and that we had to go play outside. Although we never beat the game, my memories of us trying are still ones that I look back on with fondness. And frustration (damn, that game was hard).
Now, if you ever played Contra as a kid but were also one of the lucky kids whose parents allowed them to watch rated-R movies, the image below will BLOW YOUR MIND! Seriously, I looked at it and my views on Obamacare, Mitt Romney, the Taliban, Demi Moore, and the Higgs-Boson particle have all radically shifted. So, if you’re strong enough of constitution (wear your helm of +5 to this perk), click on brave reader. Click on. READ MORE