Music of Super Mario Bros. 2 Set to Drums

I’ve got another video to share with the thousands of you out there that read this blog.  This video showcases a pretty talended dude playing drums to the songs from Super Mario Bros. 2.

He has other videos on Youtube, including a pretty cool take on the MacGyver theme song.  The best part of MacGyver theme songs comes at about 1:07 into the video.  Enjoy.

Video from my youth

This is a video of the gospel group Brush Arbor singing their song titled “Brush Arbor Meeting”.  This group came to our church when I was probably 8 or 10 years old and this is one of the songs I remember best.  I found this video and thought I’d share it.  My parents and brothers will probably appreciate it.

Blackbird by Alter Bridge – cool live version

Blackbird is a great song on the latest Alter Bridge CD, and this is a really cool video of Myles playing an expanded solo.  The video doesn’t show the whole song, and Myles was sick so his voice wasn’t great, but the key here is the guitar solo.  If you are a fan of the song, then you’ll appreciate this longer variation.

New Alter Bridge Video

Alter Bridge has a new video for the first song off their new album, Blackbird.  The song is called Ties That Bind, and it rocks, as does the rest of the cd.  For those of you who are not familiar with Alter Bridge, I can’t recommend them highly enough.  The best rock band around today.  Oh yeah, and I was at the concert where they filmed this video, along with my brother and Brett.

I’m not able to embed the video, so check out the video using this link.

Top Ten Video Games of All Time

Video games have been on my mind lately, so I’ve decided to rank my personal top ten of all-time. This isn’t a comprehensive list, because I haven’t owned all of the major video game systems. The games that make my list will be those on the systems that I’ve owned – NES, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, PlayStation 2, and GameCube. Let me know what you think of my list.

10. Contra – Nintendo

Without question, one of my favorite games as a kid. It was one of the games that I played through over and over again. Contra had one of the best video game weapons ever – the Spread Gun. It also has one of the best cheat codes ever. You gotta love up, up, down, down, left, right, left right, B, A, select, start.

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9. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 – PlayStation 2/GameCube

This is another game that has great repeat playability. There are so many tasks to try and complete within each level that you could play for hours and not complete all of them. If you got tired of that, then you just played to try and beat your best scores for each level. Very fun game.

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8. Super Mario Bros. 3 – Nintendo

In my opinion, Super Mario Bros. 3 was the best of the Mario games released for the original NES. The original was great, the second was definitely different, but still fun, but the third was the best. Mario 3 added some new fun elements like the ability to fly, and also had the map screen, which was a new element.

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7. Super Mario World – Super Nintendo

Super Mario World, the first Mario offering for Super Nintendo, took the best of Mario 3 and made it even better.  In this game, you really felt like you were on a quest.  The overworld map was engaging and added to the feel of trying to reach an ultimate destination.  The game play was also improved with new enemies and power-ups.  A really fun game.

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6. (tie) Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – PlayStation 2

Wow, the Grand Theft Auto games are awesome.  Such a great combination of mission-based gaming and freestyle gaming.  Both aspects of the game are equally engaging.  If you got frustrated with a difficult mission, you can just take a break and go steal some cars and reek some havoc. 

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5. Goldeneye 007 – Nintendo 64

I’ll admit, I was tempted to put this game number one on my list.  I probably spent more hours playing this game in college than any other.  In my opinion, the multiplayer mode is the best ever, even to this day.  I like it more than Halo even.  Another great thing about the game is that the storyline actually very closely follows the movie plot line.  I love this game.

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4. Super Mario 64 – Nintendo 64

This game was magic.  I remember getting a Nintendo 64 for Christmas and playing this game for the first time.  It was a totally new and awesome gaming experience.  The controls were brand new, but they were easy to pick up and added a new dimension to the Mario experience.  This was quite a quantum leap for gaming.

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3. Super Metroid – Super Nintendo

This was another game that I could have put in the top spot.  This was probably the best 2D side-scrolling game ever.  Super Metroid had some great weapons, a vast world to explore, and some of the best bosses ever.  This is definitely a game I could pick up right now and play again.

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2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – Nintendo 64

This is the game that seems to top “top video game” lists all the time, but it takes the number two spot in my list.  Next to Goldeneye, this was the game that wasted the most of my time during college.  I spent hours exploring the vast world that was created for this iteration of the Zelda series.  This game looked and felt a lot like Super Mario 64, but it was better, better, better.  The graphics were better, the story was better, and the action was better.  It also has some of the best music in any game ever.

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1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Super Nintendo

And the top spot goes to A Link to the Past.  This game pushed the Super Nintendo to its limit.  Like Ocarina of Time, this Zelda game had a terrific story, and was truly an addictive experience.  The dual light and dark worlds added a whole new level of intrigue and difficulty to the puzzle solving aspect of the game.  I can’t wait to get a Wii so I can go back and play all of these great games.

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Honorable Mention

Super Mario Kart – Super Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda – Nintendo

Street Fighter II – Super Nintendo

Mario Kart 64 – Nintendo 64

Pilotwings – Super Nintendo

Super Monkey Ball – GameCube

Its coming…

For all my two to three fans out there who have been suffering from severe withdrawals due to my lack of blogging, brace yourselves.  For soon, your world will be rocked to its deepest core when, from the depths of my being, I produce the most earth-shaking, mind-bending, scuba gear-extracting, coma-inducing blog post that has ever been conceived of by the mind of a man.  You won’t know when it will appear, nor will you know what it will look like, but trust me, you’ll know it when you see it.

Another video for your viewing pleasure – Kitchen Diaries

Here’s another video, like the Lasse Gjertsen one I previously posted, that is very unique and quite addicting.  I’ve probably watched this one a dozen times.  This video features Beardyman, a beatboxing champion from the UK, with his own unique beat box presentation.  This is very cool, I’m sure you will enjoy it.

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