Murphy Media Memories is back with a new review. This time, it’s my quest to find a video game I played in elemntary school many years ago. At long last, I thinkI have found it. Is the Super Solver’s game Midnight Rescue, or OutNumbered, the game I am looking for? Plus, see a quick rundown on all the games in the series. This video also contains a quick playthrough of both Midnight Rescue and OutNumbered, showing you what all the game entails.

      Remember the Arcade movie from 1994? No? Well it’s a good thing I’m here to fell you all about it. It’s about an evil Arcade machine (named ARACDE!) that will steal your soul if you lose it’s game while no one is looking. John Delancy is Arcade’s creator, Seth Green is in a bit part, and the main character must deal with her mother’s suicide while trying to warn her friends about the evil Arcade! Plus, I’ll tell you about the vast differences between the original cut and graphics of the film compared to the original.

Finishing out the last of the Spider-Man Anniversary issues, I look at Spectacular Spider-Man 189 & 200, which examines Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Harry Osborn (The Green Goblin) & Mary Jane’s relationships to each other, and ultimately leads to Harry Osborns death. Surprisingly, there are many allusions to child and spousal abuse that are really serious that I was surprised Marvel let go through when I read these again.

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Murphy’s Media Memories – Spider-Man 30th Anniversary Comics (Part 2) – Spectacular Spider-Man 189 & 200 from Shawn Padraic Murphy on Vimeo.

Monster Party is a very unusual video game for the time. It features blood and gore on a Nintendo game, but then mixes that with crazy and comedic bosses. And I played this as my 2nd video game at my friends house when I was 7. Watch the video below to learn more about it.

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Jaws was the first video game I ever played.  I remember it fondly from when I was around 5-6 years old, and I describe that story in the video.  I run through briefly the game mechanics and how my friend and I experienced this game at the time, then pick it up for the first time since 1986 and see if I can figure it out and beat it now that my brain has developed more intelligence and many decades worth of video game reflexes.  In addition, I will take you through the other 5 Jaws games that were made.

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This month’s episode is about the best-selling children’s book series, Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery. I read a few excerpts from the book and show you how Bunnicula spun into many different series. Also, I’ll look at the cartoon and show you just how vastly different it is from the original book.  Plus, did you know it’s been made into many different stage plays?

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For the latest Murphy’s Media Memories, I transfered an old VHS tape I had and uploaded it to the world. Welcome to the world of 1985, where you can learn about Halley’s Comet (if you are a kid). So, just how is this low-budget direct-to-video 80’s edutainment? Let’s find out.

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Murphy’s Media Memories – Halley’s Comet (1986 VHS) from Shawn Padraic Murphy on Vimeo.

If you want to watch the original video in it’s entirety, you can watch it below:

Have you ever read The Magical Rainbow Man & The Journey of Love? Well, what’s wrong with you?

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MMM – The Magical Rainbow Man & The Journey of Love from Shawn Padraic Murphy on Vimeo.

The first video game review on Murphy’s Media Memories. This game is Megarace. You remember it more for it’s host who is just bizarre and makes bad jokes than you do for the actual game itself (which is still fun).

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MMM – MegaRace (CD Game) from Shawn Padraic Murphy on Vimeo.

When I met Felicia Day at the Farpoint Convention in Maryland in 2011, I was excited to meet her because she was the writer of the Guild (the fact that she is a good actress is also cool, though I am slightly jealous of her multiple talents). When I told her I liked the way she writes the show, she stood up from her table and started talking to me more. We talked longer than I expected (over 5 minutes) and it was fun talking to her about writing. However, I did also realize that the line was getting bigger and I was possibly getting looks from the staff. It felt great meeting a celebrity who also seemed interested in talking to me.

I like Felicia Day because she is an excellent writer and the stuff she writes I enjoy. That’s it. I just recently read about the attack on Felicia during Twitter (Ryan Perez asked if Felicia Day was a glorified booth babe–he was later fired). I didn’t understand how that question and similar ones for females could even arise.

Just today, I read an article where someone accused Olivia Munn as ‘being hired as a model to get guys to watch TV when she is not a geek herself’ (that is paraphrased). I started watching G4’s Attack Of The Show the same week Olivia Munn & Kevin Perera (?) started and thought they were amazing hosts. Not once did I think she was a ‘model hired host’ because she had fun, she was excited about stuff on the show, and seemed to care about a lot of the stuff as equally as anyone else. It never entered my mind to think of stuff like this.

The only time I wondered this was when I got my Playstation 3, as the Playstation Network’s shows were Core & The Pulse; the hosts were 100% women. I wondered if they were, in fact, models hired so people would watch their shows, but didn’t give it much thought and just forgot about it. It took making me the absolute minority to wonder about it If they were just models, then they certainly were good actors in that they seemed happy to be talking about video games and actually enjoyed their jobs.

Once thing I think that people don’t seem to realize, is that you can like something after being forced/hired into it (though I am not implying that for the Playstation Network women). For instance, lets say you get hired by a company and don’t really care. However, as you learn what to do and what the company represents, you appreciate it more and even become a unofficial spokesperson for the positive message of the company when people ask you about it because you are proud to be a part of it. Now, in the real world, you would never be called a Fake Employee for this after the fact, so why should you be labeled this in the ‘Geek’ Community. If a booth babe likes her job, is she any less a geek for supporting a job she enjoys (it is the act of hiring booth babes that is negative, not the women themselves)?

This leads me to another word I think has loss all meaning: ‘geek’. Usually, people take the words that are detrimental and make it their own so it becomes something positive. Now, I am not black or homosexual (being of the male, straight, white, blue-eyed, blond-haired label) so I don’t know how successful attempts have been to turn bitterly hurtful words into something positive , but I know the negative words that are used on both have attempted to be turned around to mean something positive (yes, I know Geek is not a sexual orientation or a race of people, I am simply trying to expand on the history of taking words themselves and trying to turn them positive). Geek has become a sort-of positive word now, to the point that the word now means nothing, but never did to begin with.

Picture this; 2 girls–1 goes to Scott Pilgram Vs The World (the movie) by choice, while the other is dragged by her boyfriend. Later, they both really love the movie. Are they both geeks or not? Was it choice? Is it not ‘geek’ because it’s ‘only a movie and movies aren’t geek?’

Picture this; there are 2 girls, and both watch Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (the movie). Afterwards, 1 likes the movie but wants nothing to do with the graphic novel, whereas the other loves the movie just as much as the other girl, but seeks out the comics. Are we going to label the comic reader as ‘geek’ because comic books are traditionally thought of as geeky activities, whereas movies are not? Are both ‘geeks’ but for different reasons due to the nature of the property?

Imagine now that both people in both examples above are males. Does it make it any different? Also, try both examples above with males and females, substituting the move and comic for “A History of Violence,” a property that is both, but one that I doubt anyone considered ‘geeky’.

The word ‘geek’ has no meaning. It started out meaning “a fool, dupe, or simpleton” in the 1500’s, and later in the 1900s was called toward circus freaks in movies and film. Now, however, the current 2012 definition for states:

1.a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)
2.a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.
3.a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.
4. a boring and unattractive social misfit
5.a person, soldier, or civilian of an East Asian country, especially in wartime.

If you notice, we don’t consider ‘geek’ dislikable persons anymore, Geek is no longer a carnival performer, if geeks culture matched the ‘boring and unattractive’ it wouldn’t be so popular now, and we certainly don’t use it to refer to the enemy we’re combating in war.
Also, why did the world take hold of the word ‘Geek’ for Geek Culture? Why not Nerd or Dork–their definitions, though different in origin, are almost exactly the same? When was the first word “Geek Culture” actually used, because I’ve only been hearing about this word the last 5 years? It most likely was stated by someone in an article, and since we copy and paste other peoples ideas on the internet, it slowly became that word associated with the culture (No reference because this is only an opinion).

Geek, when used on the media, in blogs, on websites, TV, movies, books (and whatever media you own because you’re a geek) DOES NOT REFER TO ANY OF THESE DEFINITIONS ABOVE OR ANY OFFICIAL DICTIONARY TERM! The Word ‘Geek’ is a new word now and has yet to be defined. That is the problem with the Anime/Comic Book/Sci-Fi/Etc crowd is that everything is being considered ‘Geek’ culture without really thinking about the definition, so now people are trying to apply those definitions to the way they think it should be, only millions of people are trying to identify what they think it is. It’s easy to find a Buffy community or Star Trek community, but Geek?

This classification of whether or not someone is a geek or not is not something that will ever now be defined. In fact, it’s harmful if you want to get people interested in what you consider to be ‘geek’ culture, because enforcing rules on how to be a geek, or what makes you a geek, is way to make sure no one comes to the party. Geek won’t be defined by people that want it defined their way because the ‘Geek’ culture we hear in the media has gone mainstream with the success of films like the Dark Night & Avengers, and TV show like Battlestar Galactica and Lost, before it had a chance to actually be identified. Now, the media will make it what they want. Everyone knows what Geek culture means to them, but there is no Geek Society making up the rules to say weather or not Twilight or My Little Pony or 3rd Rock From The Sun or Ninja Warrior is an “Officially Licensed Geek Product.” That will never exist.
By trying to label, we are being really, really naive in thinking that these define us as well. I just heard Manic Pixie Dream Girl last week, and that is probably the stupidest label I have ever heard of. It’s as if we need a label so we can identify it later, but people are not labels.

Lets hopefully get around to not being defined by what we like. I could like Batman & Super Mario Brothers and be a total asshole toward everyone and steal money from people every chance I get. Or, I could really like Spider-Man & Thief: The Dark Project and save a kid from being run over in traffic while I was helping my friend carry packages to her car. Now, replace any of those Geek properties with the term ‘black’, ‘white’, ‘man’, or ‘woman’. Which of those do you think really defined me, the label or my actions?

I’m tired of hearing about Fake Geek Girls & Geek Community; lets stop trying to pigeonhole people into labels and categories.