Article Issue #4

May 17, 2011

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When I was 10, I tried to clone an Aerodactyl on Pokemon Blue using the trading method. On the other end of the trade was a "sacrifice Hypno" to be replaced by the clone. The trade went wrong, and the Aerodactyl died in the link cable. I ended up with two Hypnos.-Anonymous

About an hour into playing Ocarina of Time, my brother sunk up behind me with a ventriloquist dummy. I was so scared that I dropped the controller and huddled in a corner. It wasn't until 6 months laterthat I got the nerve to play Zelda again. I'm still terrified of dummies.-John

So, I was the weird kid in grade school. All of the girls in my elementary classes were bitches, so I hung out with the guys. As a result, I got into Pokemon, other video games, and trading card games. Being a girl who liked boy stuff marked me permanently as 'that weird girl.' In 3rd Grade, the guys in my class decided it would be a good idea to take my hand and force it across the chalkboard, making me scratch it. They did this a lot, and it sent me into fits. To this day I can't even think about my hand coming into contact with a chalkboard without having a phobic freak out.-Hallie

Article Issue #3

May 10, 2011

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When Mario Kart 64 came out I was 12 and my parents told me if I could pay half the cost of the game they would pay the rest. As a 12-year-old, it took me 2 months of doing odd jobs around the house to earn the money. On the way back from the store, with my new purchase in hand, I noticed that none of the houses on my street had any lights on. Turns out we had just lost power. I spent the rest of the night reading the instruction manual by candle light.-B Licious

Back when I was 5 or 6 years old, my sister got a Sega Genesis with Sonic 2. I used to play that game every once in a while, but then my sister decided that she didn't want me playing her game, so she told me that if I died in the game, I'd die in real life. Fast forward to the present day and those games still creep me out.-Bryan

My older brother and his best friend were taking turns playing the NES Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles game, you know, the ridiculously hard one? I was watching because at four years old, you barely have motor skills enough not to fall over half the time. I stretched, and my foot hit the power button on the system. The game turned off, they were at the Technodrome. My brother is now 28, I'm 25 and a gamer myself. To this day, he still hasn't beaten the game and neither of us have forgiven me yet.-Erin

Article Issue #2

May 3, 2011

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Freshman year of High School my friends and I got super into WoW. I was a warlock. My friends and I would joke around by doing imitations of my voidwalker. While it was funny at first it really got to me. So much so that after a while I started to have nightmares about a voidwalker chasing me. To top it all off, I thought I saw a voidwalker in my room one night and punched this hallucination, which in reality was the shadow of my night stand. My dad made me pay for the damages to the wall and fix it myself using dry wall and a paint brush. -Tyler

My brother and his friend were playing a game on the old Sega Master System, which had a toggle button on the front to turn it off and on. While they were playing, I accidentally hit the power button down, but hadn't released it yet which kept it from turning off. My brother made me sit there holding the button down until they were done playing hours later.-Ivan P.

My dad has always been a bit of a casual gamer. He was unusually fond of Star Fox. So when I got a PS2, my dad was a little disappointed when he found out there was no Star Fox for it. Back when the PS2 was thriving in all it's glory, I had quite the collection. Then I went away to my mom's for the summer. During that time, my father decided he should trade in my system with all my games for a Gamecube so he could play Star Fox Adventures. I never cried so much in my life.-Sonny C.

Article Issue #1

By Brian Murphy / April 25, 2011

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I had been playing Starfox 64 all day and finally got to Venom using only the red (difficult) path. After defeating Starwolf, I began circling the vent that would take me to the battle with Andross. I circled once, twice, three times, but instead of entering the vent I just continued to circle. My game had glitched right before the final boss. I was doomed to circle the surface of Venom FOR ETERNITY.-Caldwell Tanner

I was making my way through the final Castle in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and died while battling in the Fire Barrier. Through either (a) a brilliantly wicked trick of the Evil conqueror of Hyrule or (b) some kind of bug undetected by the worthless troglodytes at Nintendo, I was brought back to life without my hover boots — the only item protecting me from the intense heat of the fire chamber's lava floor. Thus was Link stuck in an endless loop of re-spawning and instantly burning to death.-Patrick Cassels

I preordered the original Rock Band at a national chain of game retailer who will remain nameless. I never preorder games, but there was a lot of hype. I knew exactly which songs I wanted to play first (Foreplay/Long Time, Reptilia…) and left work early to pick up that enormous box. When I got there, the employees informed me that I had placed a preorder for just the game itself, not the package of the game and the instruments you actually need to play. They then explained that I couldn't get the package because they were all set aside for preorders, and I didn't get to play Rock Band for an entire weekend.-Jeff Rubin