Archive of posts tagged super mario

Woohoo! Issa Me!

“There’s a sense of wonder and a spark of imagination at the heart of the Super Mario Bros. games, and as children we pick up on that right away. Then, over time, most people lose that spark. School, career, social engagements, relationship drama, mortgage payments, credit card debt, medical ailments, and other things that we […]

Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is In Another Castle

So, I just realised I’ve never posted up this track by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats and Kaki King. It’s written from the perspective of one of the Mushroom Retainers (or ‘Toads’) that Mario saves at the end of each castle in Super Mario Bros. Toad was my favourite character in Super Mario Bros […]

Ghostbusters… Yes, We’re Back

Apologies for the lack of updates recently. I know you must have been tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth with sheer boredom, and for your fortnight of torment, I beg your forgiveness. A combination of tech problems, writerly busy-ness and lovely weather have left me with mere slivers of free time, and every […]

Why Gaming Matters

BBC4 are starting a new season called Why Reading Matters. Reading and literacy are Good Things, I think we all agree. But it was a line in the Radio Times, previewing the season’s launch programme, where ‘Children’s Poet Laureate’ Michael Rosen ‘does for literacy what Jamie Oliver did for school meals’, that thumped one of […]