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Ki ng do m He ar t s1wa st hefir s tga met ha ti nt r oduc edt hei deai nt o mybr a i nt ha tv i deoga mesc oul dha v emea ni ngf uls t or i es .Sur eI ha denc ount er eds t or yi nv i deoga mesbef or e,butnev ert ot he e xt entt ha tIf oundt hem t obemov i ngpi ec esofa r tors omet hi ng t ha tr emi ndedmeoft hel i t er a t ur eIc r a v ed. WhenIpoppedt he ga mei nt omyPl a y s t a t i on2 ,Iwa si mmedi a t el ys t r uc kbyt he openi ngc i nema t i c soft hega mewhi c hc ont a i nedhea v y s ymbol i s m ov er l a y edwi t hJ a pa nes epopmus i c . Thi swa snott he Di s ne yga meIwa se xpec t i ng.I ts eemedt obes omuc hmor e. The ga mequi c kl ybl ewmea wa ydes pi t ei t ' sa wkwa r dc ha r a c t er di a l oguea nds omewha tc hees ypr emi s e.Ir emembers i t t i ngon t hegr eenc a r petofmyba s ement , l ooki ngupa tourhea v yea r l y 2 000' sTVwhi l ec ol dwi nt erwi ndsbl ewout s i dea nds unl i ght s honet hr ought hebl i ndsont ot hec a r peta ga i ns tmyba c k. Tot hi s

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Wha tbec a mehea v i l yper v a s i v ea sIgr ewol derwa s mydes i r et ot a l ka boutga mesi namea ni ngf ul ma nner .Ev er y onehel dc onv er s a t i onsa boutbooks , fil m, t el ev i s i on,a ndmus i ci nawa yt ha tma t t er ed. Tome, v i deoga mesma t t er edt oo. The yha dv a l ue. Wha tIwa smos ti nt er es t edi n, t hough, wa st he s t or i est ha tv i deoga mest ol d.Si nc epl a yi ng Ki ng do m He ar t s1 ,Iha dbeene xpos edt os ev er a l dier entga mest hr ought hei nt er neta ndf r i ends whi c hha dt hei rownuni quena r r a t i v es .MyEngl i s h ma j orbr a i ni mmedi a t el yj umpedt oa na l yz i ngt hes e s t or i esa ndwa nt i ngt ot a l ka boutt hem t hewa ywe t a l keda boutl i t er a t ur ei nmyc ol l egec l a s s es .But t her ewa snov i deoga mess t udyc our s ei nt he c our s ec a t a l og.Is t a r t edc ont empl a t i ngt hei deaof bl oggi nga bouts t or yi nga mesbutf el tt ha tapr oj ec t l i ket ha ts houl dbebi ggert ha noneo bl ogent r i es . Tha ti swhenLev elSt or ywa sbor n. Or i gi na l l yc onc ept ua l i z eda sav i deos er i eson YouTube,Lev elSt or yha snowev ol v edi nt ot he ma ga z i ney oua r enowr ea di ng.Mygoa lwi t ht he ma ga z i nei st oc el ebr a t es t or i esi nv i deoga mesby a na l yz i nga nddi s s ec t i ngt hem t ot hei rc or e. As s omeonewhol ov espi c ki ngs t or i esa pa r tt os ee wha twor ks , wha tdoes n' t ,a ndwha tt hemese xi s t t ha tmov eme, t hi si sapr oj ec tt ha tIf eelIwa sbor n t ot a c kl e. Mygoa lf ort hi sma ga z i nei st oha v eac onv er s a t i on wi t ht hev i deoga mes t or ya sat e xt .Iwa ntt ol ooka t

t heuni quel a ngua get ha tv i deoga mesus et o dier ent .Butv i deoga mess t i l lt el l t el lt hei rs t or i es . Vi deoga mesa r es odier ent s t or i es .Lev elSt or ywi l lt a ket he f r om booksormov i esbec a us eunl i ket hos e a ppr oa c hknowna s" Dea t hoft he s t or i est ha ta r es i mpl ye xper i enc ed, v i deo Aut hor . "Dea t hoft heAut hori sa ga mesr equi r edi nt er a c t i v i t y . " Fi c t i onpl a y sa mi d2 0t hCent ur yf or m ofl i t er a r y dier entr ol ei n. . . v i deoga mes , "s a y sJ es perJ uulc r i t i c i s m whi c hs eekst or emov ea n 1 i nhi ses s a y ,“ OnAbs entCa r r otSt i c ks ” . " Si nc e a ut hor ' si nt entorba c kgr oundf r om afic t i ona lwor l dma yorma ynotc ont a i na t hena r r a t i v ea ndt os i mpl yr ea dt he fixeds equenc eofev ent s , t hec onc eptoffic t i on t e xta si ti spr es ent ed.Her ea tLev el i samor epr ec i s et oolf ore xa mi ni ngv i deo St or y , wewi l lt a keont hes a me ga mest ha ni sna r r a t i v e. "I na ddi t i on, v i deo a ppr oa c h. Ass t a t ed,nota l lga mes ga mesa tt hei rhea r ti ns t i l laneedt opl a y . i nt endt ot el las t or ya ndt ha ti soka y .I t Whi l es t or i esc a ne xi s t , t he ydonotma ket he i sa l s ooka yt owor kwi t hwha ti s whol eofaga me. Thi si sac onc eptIa m pr es ent eda ndunder s t a ndwha t i nt er es t edi ne xpl or i ngf ur t her . s t or i esa r ebei ngt ol d,ev eni ft he y St or yi sonepa r tt ha tc r ea t esawhol ev i deo a r en' te xpl or edi nadeepma nner ga me.Ihopet onotj us te xpl or et hes t or yi na wi t hi nt hega me. na r r a t i v ec ont e xt ,buta l s oe xpl or ei tbyl ooki ng NowIc oul ddi v edeepi nt ot her a bbi t a tt hega mea sawhol e. Wha tel ement soft he hol et ha ti sl udona r r a t i v edi s s ona nc e v i deoga mes er v ea st ool st ot el las t or y?How butIpr omi s et os a v et ha tf oraf ut ur e doest hemus i ct el las t or y?Howdoest he i s s ue.I nt hemea nt i me,It hi nkwha tI ga mepl a yt el las t or y? ha v ewr i t t ena c c ur a t el yr epr es ent s Tobec l ea r ,Iunder s t a ndt ha tl ooki nga tt he wha tLev elSt or yi s .Myhopei st ha t s t or yi nav i deoga mei snotonl yj us tonepa r t y out a kes omet hi nga wa yf r om wha tI ofaga mebuta l s oi snotbei ngt ot a l l yf a i rt o wr i t e, whet hert ha tbegoodorba d. We t hega me.Somet i mesga mesa r ej us tga mes don' tha v et oa gr eeonev er yt hi ng,but a ndha v enoc onc er nwi t hs t or y .I ti sa l s ov a l i d i ti si mpor t a ntt ohol dt hes e t ha tev enga mest ha tdoha v es t or ys houl dnot c onv er s a t i onsbec a us ev i deoga mes s i mpl ybej udgedons t or ya l one.Ia ma wa r eof ha v et hepot ent i a lt obea r t i s t i c a l l y t heda nger oust er r i t or yofj udgi ngawor k v a l i d. Thi sma ga z i nes t a ndsi ndef ens e wi t houtunder s t a ndi ngt heot hera s pec t st ha t oft ha ti dea . Vi deoga mesa r enotj us t ma kei tawhol e.Lev elSt or ydoesnotwi s ht o ki dsent er t a i nmentbutv a l ua bl epi ec es di s mi s st hes ei dea s . Thegoa loft hi sma ga z i ne ofmedi at ha tc a nbes t udi eda ndc a n i st oe xpl or es t or i esa ndhowt he yc a nbet ol d s a ys omet hi nga boutt hewor l da t t hr ought hemedi um ofv i deoga mes . Ther e l a r ge.Ia me xc i t edt os eewher et hi s wi l lbec r i t i quesbutt he ydon' tequa lba dv i deo j our ne yi nt ot hes es t or i est a kesme. ga me.Ev eni fas t or yi nav i deoga mei snot J oi nme, won' ty ou? wel lpr es ent edorwel lfles hedout ,i tc a nbe s t i l lbeagoodga mewhi l ebei ngaba doroka y s t or y .Ga mesdonote xi s tont hes a mepl a i na s nov el sbec a us et hei rgoa li sc ompl et el y

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t hes por twa sSuperMa r i oBr os ,aga met ha tf ea t ur esabunc h ofs hor t c ut sa ndwa r ppoi nt st oea s i l yma ni pul a t et he ga mepl a ya ndfini s hf a s t . Wa t c hi ngBl 0 0 dys howo hi s ma s t er yofKi ng do m He ar t s2onCr i t i c a lMode( t heha r des t di c ul t yoft hega me )bl ewmymi nd!I ' dpl a y edKH2onc e bef or eonSt a nda r dMode( t her ea r e4di c ul t i es :Begi nner , St a nda r d,Pr oud,a ndCr i t i c a l )a nddi edal ot . Thi sguyma de t hec ha l l engel ooka sea s ya sea t i ngc a ke. SummerGa mesDoneQui c ki saweekl ongc ha r i t yev ent s t r ea medonTwi t c h.I ti soneoft hema nyc ha r i t yma r a t hons putonbyGa mesDoneQui c kt hr oughoutt hey ea r . Ther e,a bunc hofpeopl eknowna ss peedr unner sc omet os howo t hei rknowl edgea ndma s t er yofapa r t i c ul a rga mewhi l epeopl e dona t et oas pec i ficc ha r i t y .Comment a t or st a l ka boutt he s t r a t egi esbehi ndwha tt hes peedr unner sa r edoi ngons c r een, s i mi l a rt os por t sc omment a t or sdi s c us s i onona t hl et esa nd s t a t s ,e xc eptGDQi swa ybet t ert ha nt heESPNga r bl e. Att heendofJ une2 01 8,Ga mesDoneQui c kwa sa ti ta ga i nf or t hei rs ummeredi t i onoft heev ent . Awi des el ec t i onofga mes wer ef ea t ur ed,i nc l udi ngf a i r l ynewt i t l esa ndt i t l esr el ea s ed wa yba c kwhen. Thega mess pa nneda c r os smos tc ons ol esa nd t her ewa sa l wa y ss omet hi ngi nt er es t i ngont hes t r ea m.Iwa s l ooki ngf or wa r dt oabunc hofs peedr unsont hes c hedul e If el tt heneedt or eflec tonSummerGa mesDoneQui c k ( SGDQ)onmybl ogt hi sy ea rbec a us eIf el ts uc has t r ongt i et o t heev entwhi l ewa t c hi ngl i v ef r om ahot elr oom i nPi t t s bur gh. Ther ea r es oma nyt hi ngst ol ov ea ndI ' dl ov et os ha r emy t hought s .

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a l la boutt hec ha r i t y . Sur e,as peedr unnerobv i ous l yc a n' twa i tt os howo t he ga met he ya r epl a yi nga ndc ools t r a t egi est he yha v e l ea r neda l ongt hewa y;buti ti st hec ommuni t y' s enc our a gementt odogooda nddona t et oagr ea tc a us e t ha tt r ul ys hi nest hr oughoutt heev ent .

J us tl i kea nya r t i s t i cmedi um, v i deoga mesha v et he c r i t i c a l l ya c c l a i medt i t l es , t hebel ov edt i t l es ,a ndt he l a ugha bl ya wf ult i t l es .Howev er ,GDQdoes n' t di s c r i mi na t e. Al lt i t l esa r ewor t hyofs peedr unni ng. Li v es t r ea mi ngonTwi t c ht a kesal otofs et upa nd om t hepl a t f or mi ngs ens a t i onsl i keBa nj oKa z ooi e, t o c omput erpowerony ourown.Doi ngs oonac ons t a nt Fr RPGgr ea t ss uc ha sFi na lFa nt a s y , t opr oduc tpl a c ement ba s i swi t hev erc ha ngi ngga mesa ndc ons ol esa nd mesl i kePeps i Ma na ndBi bl eAdv ent ur es ,a l lga mes c omment a t or ss oundsl i keani ght ma r et oha ndl e,but ga a r e c o n s i d e r e d a n d w o r t h y t o b e ma n i p u l a t e d f o r a f a s t GDQma kei tl ookea s y .I ti sc l ea rf r om t hegr a phi c s r un. a nds moot hnes soft heev entonTwi t c ht ha tal otof c a pa bl epeopl ewor kont hi sev enta ndi ti sa wes ome! I ti ss oc oolt os ees uc hahi ghqua l i t ypr oduc t i on Nowwhi l eIl ov eGDQ,Idon' tbel i ev et he yc a nes c a pe dedi c a t edt os peedr unni ngv i deoga mes ,a si fi t c r i t i c i s m.Dur i ngSGDQa ndt hema nypr ev i ousev ent s , j us t i fiest heev enti ni t s el f . Thehi ghqua l i t y t her ec ont i nuest obeonegl a r i ngi s s ue. pr oduc t i ons et st heev entonanewl ev ela nd pr a c t i c a l l ydema ndsr es pec tf r om onl ooker s . Ands pea ki ngofdema ndi ngr es pec t , l et ' st a l ka bout t hea ma z i ngs peedr unner swhoha v ededi c a t eds o muc ht i mea nde or ti nt ounder s t a ndi ngt hei rga me Iknowt her ea r es omepeopl ewhowi l lbet r i gger edby ofc hoi c e. 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The yma s t erga memenusa ndga mef ea t ur es oc c a s i ona lf ema l ec omment a t or .Letmea l s obec l ea r t ha tt hec a s ua lpl a y erma ynott hi nkt wi c ea bout ,a nd t ha twhi l eIwa t c hanumberofs peedr uns ,a ndf ol l ow i ti sa ma z i ng! t heev ent ,Idon' twa t c hi t2 4 / 7 . Ther ef or ewhi l eIa m v er yf a mi l i a rwi t ht heev enta ndwha tgoeson,Ia ma l s o l i mi t edt ot hes c opeofunder s t a ndi ngt heev ent Somet i mest her ewi l lbemor et ha nones peedr unner ent i r el y .Ic a nonl yc ommentonwha tIs ee.Ia l s oa m r unni ngaga me,a ndi tbec omesar a c et os eewhi c h a wa r et ha tIdon' ts eea nyoft hepeopl ewhowor k r unnerc a nfini s hfir s t . Wea l lknowt hes t er eot ypeof behi ndt hes c enesont heev enta ndIa ms ur es ev er a l t hea ngr yga mer . 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G o b i t h eC a me l i ghi nt het owerofGr unt i l da ' sLa i ri st hedes er tknown H a sGobi ' sVa l l e y ,apl a c ewher ehea tr a di a t esa ndwa t eri s

s c a r c e.Gol dens a ndi st heonl yc ol oronec a ns eef ormi l es . Thehi l l sa r ehi gh a nd t ower i ng pyr a mi dsr i s ef r om t he l a nds c a pe.Boi l i nghots a nds ur r oundst hes es t r uc t ur es ,i t s hea tr a di a t i ngo i nf ol dsofs t ea m.Thet er r a i ni sv i r t ua l l y uni nha bi t a bl ea pa r tf r om s c a r a b beet l e,a l s o known a s Sc a bby' s , whi c ha r er oundflyi ngc r ea t ur est ha tc ha r gea tf oes wi t ht hei rl ongs nout s . The yt hr i v ef r om t hehea t . Amongt hec r ea t ur esi nGobi ' sVa l l e ywa sGobit heCa mel , whos ena meder i v esf r om hi shomel a nd.Al t houghc a mel s of t enl i v ei ne xt r emehea t ,Gobic oul d nots t a nd i t .Al lhe des i r edwa st odr i nks omewa t ert ohel phi mr ema i nc ool . But t heev i lwi t c hGr unt i l daha dc ha i nedhi mt oar oc ki nt he mi ddl eoft heboi l i nghots a nd, wher ehewa suna bl et ofleet o dr i nkwa t er .Suc h ev i lfil l ed Gr unt i l dal i kehea tfil l ed t he des er t . Sheonl yl a ugheda tGobi whens hec ha i nedhi mt ot hi s r oc k." Apr i z ey ouhol dt ol ur ei nt hebea r ,y ouma ybet hi r s t y butIdon' tc a r e! " Shepl a c edagol denpuz z l epi ec ebenea t hhi s bel l ya ndc a c kl edev erl oudl ya ss heflewo i nt ot hev a l l e y . So hes a t , wa i t i ngf orhi sdel i v er a nc ewi t ha ne xt r emet hi r s t . Al a soneda ywha ts houl dGobis eebutabea rwea r i ngabl ue ba c kpa c k,e xpl or i ngt hev a l l e y ." Pa nt . . . i t ' st oohotf orGobi ,I needs omes ha de.Pl ea s ehel pme! "Thebea r ,hea r i ngGobi ' s pl ea ,c a meov era ndj umpedi nt hea i r ,ar edbi r dr ev ea l i ng her s el ff r om hi sba c kpa c ka ss hedov eherbea ki nt ot her oc k t ha tpr i s onedGobit ot hi sma s sofs a ndwi t houta nywa t er . Then,t her oc ke xpl oded.Gobi ' sc ha i nsdi s a ppea r ed.Hewa s f r eea tl a s t ,t ha nkst ot hebea ra ndt hebi r d!The yha ds a v ed hi sl i f e. " Her e ' sy ourr ewa r dbea ra ndbi r d,Gobi ' so t oc ooldown. " Hedr oppedt hegol denpuz z l epi ec ea ndr a no t odr i nks ome wa t er . Her ei nhi snews pot , wa t erwa sa mpl e. Howni c ei tf el t t obec oolonc ea ga i n.Nea rhi ms a tadr i edupt r eewhos e mout hhungopenwi t ht hi r s t ,butGobikeptt hewa t erf or hi ms el f . Hec oul dnots ha r ehi swa t er , f ort henhewoul da ga i n behota ndhel ongedt obec ool . Buta l a s , whodi dhes eebutt hebea ra ndt hebi r donc ea ga i n c omi ngt owa r dhi m.Wha tc oul dt he ypos s i bl ywa ntnowt ha t wa si mpor t a ntenought odi s t ur bGobi ?" Thi st r eel ooksabi t t hi r s t y , butIneeda l l mywa t erf ormy s el f …, " het ol dt hem. But t he ydi dnotl i s t en,a nds uddenl yt hebea rj umpeda ndt he bi r ds ma s hedi nt oGobia ss heha ds ma s hedi nt ot ha tr oc kt o s ethi mf r ee." Oi !Mypr ec i ouswa t er , "Gobic r i edout .Then t he ydi di ta ga i n. " Ba h! Tha t ' si t !I ' ml ea v i ngt hi sdes er tt ofind

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" Gr r a a r . . . t hi si s Conga ' st r ee!Me hi tbea rwi t h or a nges ! "Chi mpy wa t c hed a st he bi r dc i r c l ed Conga ,dodgi ngt heor a ngest hr owna thi m.Wha t c oul dbea rbedoi ng?Chi mpyt houghtt ohi ms el f . Thenhes a ws omet hi nggol da ppea rf r om benea t h Congat ha twa ss ha pedl i keapuz z l epi ec e.Conga hung hi s hea d f or a moment ,a s ha med t ha t s omeoneha dgot t ena hol dofoneofhi st r ea s ur es . " Gr r r . . . c l ev erbea rfindConga ' sgol d! "Chi mpyha d nev ernot i c edt hegol dbef or ea nddi dnotfindi t v er ys i gni fic a nt . Al lhewa nt edwa sa nor a nge. Thebea rc a mewa l ki ngt owa r d hi ms oChi mpybl ur t edout , " Chi mpyhungr y . Wa nt sor a nge now.FeedChi mpy! " Ands ot he bea rdi da shea s ked.Hewa l kedba c k t oConga ' st r eea ndbega nt oc l i mbup. I ns t a nt l yheha da nor a nge. "

Tha twa swha tChi mpywa nt ed.Hel ongedt o t a s t eoneoft heor a ngest ha thungf r om t he t r ee.I fonl yhec oul dfindawa yt os t ea l one.Buthow? SoChi mpys a tc l os et oConga wher eheha daper f ec tv i ewoft he t r eea ndwa snotc l os eenoughf or Congat ohi thi m wi t hor a nges . Ther ewa s as t ump i nt he c ent er ofa r ounded pl a t f or m. Chi mpyl ea r ned t ha tt hepl a t f or mr a i s ed up a nd down.Ther eChi mpys a tev er y da y ,t r yi ngt ofinda wa yt os t ea la nor a ngef r om t het r ee.

He y . . . t ha tConga ' s or a nge!Puti tba c k! " Congac r i ed. Thebea rc a r r i edt heor a nget o Chi mpy ,dodgi nga l lofConga ' s a t t a c ks .Hega v eChi mpyt heor a nge. " Oh. . . Chi mpyl i keConga ' sor a nge, Chi mpyhel pf a tbea ra ndbi r d! " Andher a i s edt hepl a t f or mf ort he bea ra ndt hebi r d,bec a us efina l l y he ha dr ec ei v ed wha t he ha d wa nt edf ors ol ong,at a s t eofa nor a nge.

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Iha v ee xt r emel yf ondmemor i esof Ba nj oKa z ooi e i s a ga me t ha t s i t t i ng a r ound t he s ma l l CRT c ont i nuest oi ns pi r emet ot hi sda y . s c r een,ei t herwa t c hi ngmyol der Uni queenv i r onmentdes i gns ,a nd a s i s t erpr oper l ypl a yt hega me,or wel l r ounded c a s t of c ha r a c t er s , t a ki ng t ur ns wi t h my y ounger wel c omemeea c ht i mea sIr et ur nt o s i s t er pl a yi ng a nd e xpl or i ng t he pl a yi ngt hi sN64c l a s s i c . Notonl yt ha t , l ev el s . Thega mer ea l l ys pa r kedour butt hemus i c -Ic a n’ tt el ly ouhow i ma gi na t i ons ,a ndwef el tl i kewe ma nyt i mesI ’ v el i s t enedt ot hega me ’ s wer ee xpl or i ngama gi c a lc a s t l eout s oundt r a c kwhi l e Iwa spa i nt i ng or ofaf a i r yt a l e( whi c h Igues swe dr a wi ng.I tma ybet ooemba r r a s s i ng wer e ) . Somet hi ng new a r ound t okeept r a c kofi ta tt hi spoi nt !Thi s ev er y ol dc or ner ,wi t h pl ent y of pl a t f or mi ng t r ea s ur e ha s flui d s t r ongt hemesa ndc ha r a c t er s ,a nd c ont r ol sbet weent het woc ha r a c t er s , s omewondr ouspl a c es ,a swel la s Ba nj o & Ka z ooi e, but i t ’ s Ba nj oKa z ooi e mea ns ev er yt hi ng f r i ght eni ngpl a c es .Mys i s t era ndI Ba nj oKa z ooi e ’ swor l d bui l di ng t ha t f r om myc hi l dhood.Themus i c ,t he woul da l s oc omeupwi t hi dea sf or ma kesmel ov et hi sga me. Onemi nut e da y spl a yi ngi twhi l ei tr a i nsout s i de. new l ev el sa nd pl a c est oe xpl or e y ou’ r er a c i ngon as l ed a saWa l r us Pr oba bl y ,t he bes ta nd f a v or i t e t oget her .Tha tf eel i ng ofj oya nd ( Ba nj ot r a ns f or medi nt oone ) a ga i ns ta v i deoga meofa l lmyl i f e. di s c ov er yi ss omet hi ng t ha tha s dor ky ,pol a rbea rc ha r a c t er -t hene xt t uc kwi t hmemywhol el i f e.I tha s y ou’ r es hoot i ngeggsi nt oabuc keti na -F d o Ma h u z i e ro nR e d d i ts i f el onggoa lf ormet oma ke bea c h l ev el . You’ r e c ons t a nt l y Ba nj oa ndKa z ooi ewa smyfir s tga me beenal m y o w n g a me w i t h a s i mi l a r s e n s e i n t e r a c t i n g me mo r a b l e c h a r a c t e r s , t ha tr ea l l y ma de me r es pec tl ev el s c ov er ya ndwondera ndf un. whi l egoi ngon a na dv ent ur ea sy ou des i gn,s ma l lbutpur pos ef ul ,i tf el t ofdi I ' v e s l o w l y b e e n c h i p p i n g a w a y a t i t t r y t o s e a r c h f o r t h e n e a r e s t j i g g y . I t ’ s l i ket her ewa sal otofs t or yi nt he i n my s p a r e t i me . a g a mi n g t i t l e t h a t e n c o u r a g e s y o u t o env i r onment s ,al otofl i f e.Thega me or e,a ndt oha v ef undoi ngi t ! -a l l i u s i so nR e d d i t expl kept me l ooki ng f or s ec r et st o di s c ov era swel la si tl ef tal otofl oos e Myf ondes tmemor yofBKwa s n' t ends .Whi c hi sat hi ngga mest hes e t he ga me, but t he c ommuni t y . da y smi s s . . .Ga mesa r e mor er i gi d Fi ndi ng c hea t s on ma ny now a nd s y s t ema t i c a l l yengi neer ed now, def unc tga mi ng s i t espoi nt i ngt o t hema gi ci sha r dert ofind.Ki r khope s ec r et sa nd my s t er i es ,a nd t hos e ma na ged t o putt hec her r yon t op t hen l ea di ngt o di s c us s i on f or ms wi t h mus i ct ha ti ns pi r ed a nd s eta wher egr ea tt heor i es ,f r i ends ,a nd my s t er i ous / f a nt a s y mood f ort hes e f a kega mec ont entt opus ht hos e env i r onment s . s ec r et swa sma de. Now, Iknowt ha t

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i t t l e ga me pa c ks ,butwi t houta Forme,Ba nj oKa z ooi er epr es ent sa n l d o u b t , k n o w i n g h o w er aofga mest ha twer e emot i ona l , hev er y oneha sma de e xpr es s i v ea nddownr i ghtenj oy a bl e muc o u t s i d e o f t h e g a me , f o r t he t o pl a y . Ba nj o Ka z ooi et ook 3 D s p i r i t o f t h e g a me , i s my pl a t f or mi ng t ot he ne xtl ev ela nd ondes tmemor y . s omehow t ook s uc h a n a bs t r a c tf c onc epta nd ma dei ts oendea r i ng. -T h e _ Wk wi e do nR e d d i t The wr i t i ng a nd l ev el des i gn i s f a bul ous a nd i ta l wa y s ha s me Ba nj oKa z ooi emea nst he c omi ngba c kt opl a y .I twa sas i mpl e wor l dt ome.Igenui nel y t i mea ndas i mpl ewa yt opl a yga mes . l ov et hes er i es .Ifinds o Bl owsmymi nd t ha tMi c r os of tha s muc hha ppi nes sf r om t he not j umped i n a nd br ought t he ga mes ,ev ena sa na dul t . f r a nc hi s et ot hei rc ur r entpl a t f or m. Upda t ed gr a phi c s a nd phy s i c s -b a n j o o f r i v i ao nR e d d i t mec ha ni c swoul denha nc et hega me t oa not herl ev el .

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Ba nj o Ka z ooi e wa s my fir s t v i deoga me,Ibega n pl a yi ngi t a r ound 5 y ea r s ol d. I l ov e ev er yt hi nga bouti t -Ihol di ton a hi gh pedes t a lc ompa r ed t o mos tv i deoga mes .Theuni que c ha r m,c ol or a nd mus i ca r e s omeoft hemor ememor a bl e t hi ngs a bout t he ga me. I r emember bei ng a l i t t l e ki d, wea r i ng my s c hoolba c kpa c k a ndr unni nga r oundt hehous e, pr et endi ng t o be ba nj oa nd ma ki ng a l lt he s ound e ec t s . Nott o ment i on a l lt het i meI s pentdr a wi ng t he c ha r a c t er s a nd us i ng a t eddy bea rt o s i mul a t et hebea rhi ms el fwhen Iwa spl a yi ngwi t ht oy s .Ther e ha s n’ tbeena nyot herga met ha t I ’ v ef a l l eni nl ov ewi t ht hes a me wa yBa nj oKa z ooi edi d.Tot hi s da yt he ga me i st i mel es sa nd ha sa ged t r emendous l y wel l . Tha nks Ra r ewa r e f or y our geni usa nda l lt hej oyi tbr ought me.

-B o b s wa g g e t 4 2 0o nR e d d i t Iha v ee xt r emel yf ondmemor i es ofs i t t i nga r oundt hes ma l l CRTs c r een,ei t herwa t c hi ng myol ders i s t erpr oper l ypl a y t hega me,ort a ki ngt ur nswi t h myy oungers i s t erpl a yi ng a nde xpl or i ngt hel ev el s . The ga mer ea l l ys pa r kedouri ma gi na t i ons ,a ndwef el tl i kewe wer ee xpl or i ngama gi c a lc a s t l e outofaf a i r yt a l e( whi c hIgues s wewer e ) .Somet hi ngnew a r oundev er yol dc or ner , wi t h pl ent yofs t r ongt hemesa nd c ha r a c t er s ,s ec r et s , a nds omewondr ouspl a c es ,a swel la sf r i ght eni ng pl a c es .Mys i s t era ndIwoul da l s oc omeupwi t h i dea sf ornewl ev el sa ndpl a c est oe xpl or et oget her . Tha tf eel i ngofj oya nddi s c ov er yi ss omet hi ngt ha t ha ss t uc kwi t h memywhol el i f e.I tha sbeen a l i f el onggoa lf ormet oma kemyownga mewi t ha s i mi l a rs ens eofdi s c ov er ya ndwondera ndf un.I ' v e s l owl ybeenl ea r ni ngc odi ng,model l i ng,a ndga me des i gn,a ndIhopet ooneda yma kei tar ea l i t y!

a r t wor kbyBa r r et tBi gger s ht t p: / / ba r r et t bi gger s . c om / ba r r et t bi gger s Iwa sa ni nc r edi bl yl uc kyki d,a sBa nj oKa z ooi ewa soneoft he fir s tv i deoga mesIev erpl a y ed.I t ' sas ol i dga mei na l la s pec t s , butmyundev el oped 5 y ea r ol d mi nd di dn' tc a r ea boutt he wel l s t r uc t ur ed l ev eldes i gn,t he c ut t i ng edge gr a phi c s ,or i nt er es t i ngmec ha ni c s . I t ' saga met ogoe xpl or i nga ndgetl os ti n. Ont hes ur f a c e, i tl ookss i mpl ea ndunev ent f ul , butev en2 0y ea r s l a t erIfind my s el fr epl a yi ng i tf r om t i met ot i me a nd s t i l l enj oyi ngi tj us ta smuc h.I tha smy s t er y ,a dv ent ur e,humor ,a nd c ha r m.Ba nj oha sas pa r kofs omet hi ngv er yf ewga mesma na ge t oc a pt ur e:Soul .

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