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I recently started reminiscing back on catching glimpses of The Ultimate Warrior and the British Bulldog as a youth and how excited it made me at the time. Living in England I missed a great deal of the ‘pro’ wrestling action because of unfriendly time-zones but my dad tried to keep me updated as much as he could with news and highlights. He bought us the WWF Wrestlemania game for the Atari ST which I have only very recently sold on and I have great memories of playing that game back in the day. As I grew up and moved on to the Playstation I continued to love wrestling games. I had WWF Attitude and Smackdown on the Playstation 1 and I continued to occasionally catch highlights of the current pro wrestling story-lines as a guilty pleasure. I really do think the themes, gimmicks, the music and branding of pro wrestling all combine so well and translate to make hugely entertaining video games.

'WWF Attitude' Screenshot

WWF Attitude

WWF Smackdown 2

WWF Smackdown 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because I missed a great deal of the story-lines as a child I’m in the process of binge watching this retro bygone age of classic wrestling in my free time, ie The Hogan era. I’m looking back on some of the awesome entrances and gimmicks which were most often far better than the actual wrestling itself, such as The Legion of Doom’s theme song which was so simple yet so powerful and would blow the roofs off stadiums. Stuff like that shows the true power of punk when combined with the personalities and appearance of Hawk and Animal. A good example of this is the Legion of Doom’s 1992 Summerslam entrance which can be easily found here on YouTube. Music and pro wrestling just go together so well..even Ozzy Osbourne recognized this and made guest appearances in the WWE a couple of times. Ronda Rousey with her love of ‘rowdy’ name provider Rody Piper has also been known to show up in the WWE.

Ozzy and The Bulldogs

Ozzy and The Bulldogs

Ronda Rousey appears at Wrestlemania

Rousey appears at Wrestlemania

 

 

 

 

 

Pro Wrestling of this classic time period is still very much watchable as an adult simply for the pure comedy value and it surely inspires and entertains young kids who are still willing to suspend their disbelief. These factors mean pro wrestling should be commended for what it is, and that is simply unadulterated entertainment in it’s purest and simplest form. The dark side to pro wrestling back then however was the alarming abuse of steroids that took place. The Ultimate Warrior and The British Bulldog, aka Davey Boy Smith where both famously ousted from the WWF due to steroid issues before later returning..drug addictions took the lives of many famous wrestlers within this time period.

The British Bulldog aka Davey Boy Smith

Speaking of Davey Boy Smith I recently signed a petition to get him in to the WWE Hall of Fame which pushed the tally to over 10,000 votes. The information and link to the petition can be found at www.daveyboysmith.com  so be sure to get on it!

The WWF became the WWE and things are well and truly PG and Politically Correct now (don’t dare call one of the female wrestlers a diva!) and in my mind can’t compare to the classic shows of yesteryear. It’s also the case now that there is simply too much of it. It maybe worth a watch for a laugh now and again but for me nothing can quite compare to watching the LOD riding out to the ring with the music blaring and the sun setting over a packed Wembley stadium.

SummerSlam 1992 - Wembley Stadium

SummerSlam 1992 at Wembley Stadium also hosted the famous Intercontinental Championship match between Brett Hart and The British Bulldog

Addicted to Spelunky!

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Spelunky time!

Spelunky time!

I’m at a stage of my life where I’m learning an awful lot of stuff.. a lot of stuff relating to completely different aspects of my life. I’m going as fast as I can but things have again seriously been held up by an addiction of mine..and that sadly is an addiction to the game Spelunky. I’m supposed to be driving ahead and forging on with my career as a Digital Marketer and Web Developer, instead I’ve become obsessed trying to make a little cartoon ‘Indiana Jones’  styled character (strangley with a massive weird shaped red nose) get ‘To Hell and Back’. Damn those Steam achievements!

I don’t think I’ve ever played a game that is more addictive than Spelunky. It has the “I’ll just have one more go” appeal in absolute spades. The game has got rave reviews on Steam and rightly so. The game is constructed so well. It is extremely challenging and when you first begin to play you’ll struggle to pass the first couple of levels. You learn something new every single run though and when you die you always think you can do better next time, and that’s the simple reason why you can’t stop playing. It’s the same principle as with games like The Binding of Issac, another game that I got hopelessly addicted to and had to 100%.

The ghost is a real nuisance until you get used to the game

The ghost is a real nuisance until you get used to the game

Spelunky is not a stylish game, the visuals are cartoony, the game is colorful and visually child friendly, barring possibly the giant spiders but it’s just so god damn addictive! It’s an ‘arcade’ type game. My personal favourite type, you can just pick it up and play without worrying about any story. It’s just the gameplay and you can almost go in to a trance like state.  Spelunky reminds me of when I used to play Doom as a kid. That was acceptable of course because I was a child back then. The worrying thing though.. is that I’m still doing the same thing now! Instead of fully concentrating on making money and forwarding my career I’m worrying about my ‘average game completion rate’ and ‘crafting badges’ all of which have no bearing or benefit on my life and result in no profit what-so-ever.

It’s not this game really that’s the problem it’s the Steam achievements themselves. I’ve made the mistake of signing up to Steam now and it’s taking it’s toll on my OCD type personality. So just a note to anyone thinking of creating a Steam account, I definitely wouldn’t recommend Steam to anyone with OCD type tendencies, unless you have all the time in the world to dedicate to it. I think it’s just a phase for me. Hopefully.

Me playing Spelunkey

Me playing Spelunkey or Doom as a kid