When one thinks of Mario, a squeaky clean image of a true hero saving a damsel in distress usually comes to mind. That is far from the truth! It is really a story of corruption, gluttony, and lots and lots of sewage.  

If you read page four of the manual, it clearly reads, “the quiet, peace-loving Mushroom People were turned into mere stones, bricks and even field horse-hair plants…” by a tribe of black-magic using Koopas. The inhabitants are transformed into blocks, bushes, weeds, and other objects.

What does Mario do during the entire game? He smashes or crushes those objects, the poor helpless natives trapped within those very items. Whenever Mario busts a brick or stomps on an unarmed Goomba, he is committing the serious crime of murder. And why?  In exchange for points, power-ups and coins. Coins that, oddly enough, provide immortality. Mario’s motives are one of pure greed. It could be argued that Mario is a serial-killer!

It is foretold that only Princess Toadstool can break the spell. Does she? Never. Mario, with the princess in tow, has appeared in approximately 200 games and never once has the happy couple lifted a finger for the victimized people of the Mushroom Kingdom. Sure, Mario rids the realm of Bowser and some of his henchmen, but keeps the riches of the land for himself and never restores the natural balance. Oh the agony!

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Michael Thomasson is one of the most widely respected videogame historians in the field today. He currently teaches college level videogame history, design, and graphics courses. For television, Michael conducted research for MTV’s videogame related program Video MODS. In print, he authored Downright Bizarre Games, and has contributed to nearly a dozen gaming texts. Michael’s historical columns have been distributed in newspapers and magazines worldwide. He has written business plans for several vendors and managed a dozen game-related retail stores spanning three decades. Michael consults for multiple video game and computer museums and has worked on nearly a hundred game titles on Atari, Coleco, Sega and other console platforms. In 2014, The Guinness Book of World Records declared that Thomasson had “The Largest Videogame Collection” in the world. His businesses sponsor gaming tradeshows and expos across the US and Canada.  Visit www.GoodDealGames.com.


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