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It's All Over Now, Bomber Blue

Tony Ponce may have already given us a great article bidding adieu to Mega Man, but given how close the series is to my own heart, I figured I'd throw my own history with the blue bomber out there. I'm not usually the sort to get up and say something at a funeral, but Mega Man has been, for the longest time, very near and dear to my heart.

My First, My Last, My Everything

I remember initially passing over the first offering of the series, knowing it only in passing, thanks to Nintendo Power and some tips in one of the many video game hint books I ordered from those book club pamphlets we'd get in elementary school. It wasn't until Mega Man 2 that I spent any time with the game, and not only did it prove to be my first Mega Man experience, but some would argue that it was my penultimate Mega Man experience.

Many a marble notebook intended for school (and many a homework worksheet, for that matter) ended up with several pages filled with scribbled passcodes for the various amounts of progress. I would probably be terrified to learn just how many hours of my young life were thrown into the yawning pit that was Flash Man's stage. I did the trick to turn the stars into those flying chick robots whenever possible. Mega Man 2 is one of the few Mega Man titles I've been solo, nevermind multiple times.

Mega Man, you may never have realized it, but you went a long way toward making me the gamer I am today. Without you, I probably would've gotten bored of my NES, and moved on to some other hobby, like building models, or sports, or macrame. I've got a love for you, since you were like the little, robotic brother I never had, and I'm gonna miss you something fierce.

Twenty-three and a half years is too young for anyone to go. May you rest in shiny, flashing pieces.
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About nekobunone of us since 5:17 PM on 06.29.2007

Hi, I'm Chris, though I've been going by nekobun and variants thereof for so long, I kind of answer to both anymore.

While I've kind of got my own thing going in the realm of indie coverage, at least in the form of playing through (and streaming) (and writing about) the huge backlog I'm developing of games gleaned from various indie bundles, I try to keep my more mainstream, game-related features here, as well as opinion pieces on the industry at large, out of mad love for the 'toid. When I'm not rambling here or trying to be clever in comments threads, you can catch me rambling on Facebook and my Twitter, and trying to be clever in the Dtoid.tv chat.

Now Playing:
360: Halo 4
PC: F.E.A.R.
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The wrong thing: Only cream and bastards catch them all.
Love/Hate: I love to hate -you-
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East vs West: We've got the empire
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Relaxation: Cheesy double Chief burrito
Online Passes: A spoonful of sugar
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Not if you were the last junkie on Pandora
Is Jim Sterling servicing the video games industry?
Something About Sex: Unsafe at any speed.
Doing DLC right
Congress passes sweeping Elfcare reform bill
Bottom five healthcare systems in videogames.
Pushing my love over the quarter line.
When my life would depend on an eight point none.
Remember the heroes.
Every Journey begins with a single step.
It's all over now, bomber blue.
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Labor Day: Of course you realize, this means wark.
Please, aim it higher.
There Would've Been Brawl: Show me 'round your eggplantcage.
Integration: A place for everything
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Now is the winter of on-disc content
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