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MakeSandcastlesNotWar Meme Introduction


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Hello folks!  It’s time to introduce something a little different for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Over the past few years, there have been daily quotes during the weekends.  These quotes can be inspiring, showcasing a new way of thinking about the world around us.  As mesmerizing as some of these ideas may be, I figured it was time to add a spark of entertainment with the mix.

Instead of the daily inspiring quotes on the weekends, MakeSandcastlesNotWar will start implementing its own memes.

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What exactly is a meme?  A meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a particular culture.  These memes are usually spread humorous images, videos, or even pieces of text that is often copied and spread rapidly by internet users.

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Memes have been spreading around the internet for decades.  They stem from certain moments of pop culture such as television, movies, literature, music, fashion, and other areas of entertainment.  With each new entertainment release comes forms of memes that audiences make based on their favorite element.

Each week, MakeSandcastlesNotWar will create its own memes that will be incorporated with one or more topics that was recently discussed.  Whether it be a TV series or a recent PR nightmare, these memes will bring us a little closer to the main idea.  The memes first kicked off last Friday.

Every now and then there may be quote in place on a certain day.  Better yet, there could be a meme ON the quote recently posted!

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Fall is coming soon, which means it’s a time for a change in season.  That new season only brings in new and innovative ideas for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

With that, let’s take time to welcome MakeSandcastlesNotWar memes this week.

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AHS: 1984 Horror Poster


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Ok folks – we have less than ONE month until the premiere of American Horror Story: 1984.  Season nine is dropping real soon, with this year’s theme being all about the 80s.  The characters will be on vacation at summer camp, only to find out that there is a masked serial killer on the loose.  Interestingly enough, this is a familiar drawback to the 1980s slasher films.

There’s already been a few teaser trailers released within the past few weeks (that have already been aired between certain shows on FX!).  But what’s even better news is the newest poster that recently released.

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The poster features a sharp knife piercing through a door.  Underneath is a young blonde girl, screaming as she avoids the knife coming at her.  She is fearing for her life, trying to run from whoever is attacking her.

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This new poster resembled something that looked like an old VHS tape cover of a horror movie.  It’s the kind of nostalgic cover that takes you back to the old times of renting a horror movie from Blockbuster on a Friday night.  To me, it reminded me of those old VHS cover arts I would look at through my movie collection.

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Nevertheless, the poster fits perfectly with the nostalgic 80s theme for this year’s season.  You wouldn’t even know it was a season of American Horror Story by looking at the picture itself.  That scene on the poster pretty much says it all about what kind of twisted horror we will see this year.

With that, the newest poster is only getting me even MORE excited about American Horror Story: 1984.  I am definitely excited to see what season nine has to offer this fall.

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Who is this masked serial killer that is chasing after everyone?  Is it one of the campers themselves?

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Tune into American Horror Story: 1984 next month to find out.

Favorite Disney SNES Games


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Happy Monday folks!  These past few weeks have been about The Lion King, one of Disney’s greatest animated stories.  The Lion King was so popular that it was released as a video game for the SNES and Sega Genesis.

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Surely enough, The Lion King wasn’t the only game that stemmed from the Disney franchise.  With classic animated tales being released on VHS tapes and home console video games becoming more popular, it was the perfect time for Disney to get creative with mainstreaming their amazing content.

With that, it’s time to list some other Disney-franchised video games that came out for the SNES.  Some of them I have played before, even beating the game all the way through.

Here are some classic Disney SNES games:

Aladdin

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Our first game is Aladdin.  It’s the classic tale of street-rat Aladdin who uses the help of the genie to win over Jasmine, the princess of Agrabah.  This game plays as a side-scrolling platform game where players control Aladdin through several stages in Agrabah as well as other places.  Two stages, The Escape from the Cave of Wonders and the carpet ride with Princess Jasmine, involve controlling the magic carpet as you fly through the side-scrolling stage.

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Not only did I have this game as a child, but I beat it MULTIPLE times playing through the whole story (without any shortcuts!).

Pinocchio

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Pinocchio was released for the SNES in October 1996, over half a century since the film’s initial release.  The game features intertitles between levels to convey the story in the form of a children’s playbook.  Just like the original film, players go through the story where the find Geppetto inside Monstro.

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Fun fact: I never bought this game, but I rented it multiple times from the video store.  After a few rental periods, I finally beat the game and defeated Monstro the whale.

Toy Story

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Yee-hah cowboy!  Toy Story was another great SNES from Disney.  Woody and the other toys discover Andy’s new gift, Buzz Lightyear.  Buzz Lightyear becomes Andy’s favorite toy, prompting Woody to become jealous.  After knocking Buzz out the window, Woody works to get him back and gain the respect of the other toys.

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This game was short, yet fun to play through!  I beat the game all the way through a few times.  Nevertheless, it was a fun Disney game to play through each time.

The Jungle Book

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One last game on the list is The Jungle Book.  This platformer game takes players through various side-scrolling levels that resemble similarity to Pitfall.  Mowgli shoots or avoids enemies that come his way, navigating through many platformed levels throughout each stage.

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The Jungle Book was one of those games that I rented various times, but never ended up beating in the end.  I haven’t played this one in ages, but would like to test my skills again to see if I can play throughout the whole game.

The Lion King = Hardest SNES Game EVER


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Last week has been all about The Lion King here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  The Lion King was released a few weeks ago, merely twenty-five years after the cartoon version.  Interestingly enough, the video game was released almost twenty-five years ago as well.

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As mentioned earlier, The Lion King was made into a video game for the SNES and Sega Genesis.  Months after the initial release of The Lion King, Disney sold the video game version for gamers everywhere.  It would set the standards for many other movie-to game adaptations in the future. The game followed the same story line as the movie, with all of the characters featured throughout.

One of the biggest elements of the game was that the game was HARD… as in, RIDICULOUSLY HARD.

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Yes, folks – The Lion King was one of the hardest games that ever came out in video game history.  I started playing the game at five years old and it was NO cakewalk at all.  The Lion King had so many frustrating aspects throughout each level.  The game was fun to play (it really was!), but it was just so difficult to play through.

Here are the highlights of the most brutal moments from the game:

Monkey Maze

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On the second level ‘I Just Can’t Wait to be a King’, you had to get from one place to the other through the monkeys.  If the pattern wasn’t right, the monkeys would either throw you in the water (where you died) or just send you back to the original spot.  You also had to roar at the monkeys to get the pattern right.

My gamer rage was strong on this level, especially when the monkeys threw me in the water!

Flamingo Run

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What was even MORE frustrating than that monkey maze was the flamingo run.  While riding the flamingo, you had to either jump or duck to avoid the oncoming obstacles.  Arrows would pop up on the screen to show whether you had to duck or jump.  What made this so hard was that jumping even the TINIEST early or late would cause instantaneous death.  Even worse, the final run had NO arrows whatsoever!

Stampede Level

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For me, one of the most unique/frustrating parts of the game was the stampede level.  You had to avoid a stampede of wildebeest all while dodging rocks that come your way.  This was a cool attempt to introduce 3-D graphics for the 16-bit system, but it didn’t help the fact that I was still dying MULTIPLE times by the stampede.

Climb Up the Waterfall

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The ‘Hakuna Matata’ level was the EXACT opposite of the phrase ‘no worries’.  One of the obstacles involved CLIMBING UP a set of logs that were going down the waterfall.  It only took one false move to send Simba plunging underwater, causing you to go back and do it all over again.  Hakuna Matata… HMPH!

Lava Geysers

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Ok…it took me a LONG while to understand how to beat the ‘Be Prepared’ level.  At the end of the area, a large geyser blocks you from the exit.  I could hardly contain my excitement when I got to the end, but I didn’t know what the next step was.

After dying MANY times in the area, I later found out that you wait for the geyser to be capped off before leaving.  Once the geyser cleared up, it was time to make my exit.  That lava geyser stood between me and the final battle with Scar.

Defeating Scar

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For the final battle of the game, Simba faces off with Scar.  I have tried various things to defeat Scar such as slapping, punching, and throwing.  He just WOULDN’T die, after attacking him multiple times.  This suddenly became an ‘Uh-Doy!’moment as I realized that the way to defeat Scar was to – SPOILER ALERT – push Scar to the edge of the cliff and throw him over.  Just like in the original movie, you defeat Scar by throwing him off the cliff for his inevitable death.

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That’s all for today’s look at the most frustrating moments from The Lion King video game.  The Lion King is a fun and entertaining game, but it comes with MANY frustrating elements throughout each level.  Whether you keep hitting the trees during the flamingo run or falling in the waterfall, The Lion King has an array of difficult obstacles to tackle.  Once you bet the game, you can then truly call yourself the king of Pride Rock.

The Lion King Video Game (1994)


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Here’s an interesting fact – The Lion King was released on July 17th, merely twenty-five years since the original version came out.  This CGI, photo-realistic animated film featured all of the familiar characters from the original film.  Twenty-five years later and audiences (old and new!) get to see one of Disney’s timeless classics.

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Now here’s where things get even weirder – The Lion King video game, which was released for the SNES and Sega Genesis, also hit the shelves almost twenty-five years ago.  The Lion King was made as a video game title to go along with the film’s release.  The SNES version released on October 1994 while the Sega Genesis got its release on December 1994.

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For those who don’t remember, The Lion King was a side-scrolling platform game where the players played as Simba through the events of the film.  Players go through both child and adult Simba as the game progresses.  Simba has the ability to jump on various enemies.  He also has a roaring ability that is used to stun enemies, make them vulnerable, or solve puzzles.  When Simba becomes an adult, he has added features including scratching, mauling, and throwing.

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Throughout the game, you can collect various bugs that help you along the way.  Some will restore Simba’s health or roar meter while other rare bugs increase meters for the rest of the game.  If you find certain bugs hidden in various levels, you can play the bonus levels where you play as Timon or Pumbaa to earn extra lives or continues.

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Overall, The Lion King was one of the best platform games out for the SNES and Sega Genesis.  As hard as the game was, it went perfectly with the main story.  It was released almost twenty-five years ago, months after the original cartoon film came out.

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If you can’t get enough of the The Lion King mayhem that has been happening, be sure to play the original platform game as well!