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Now there are probably a number of other characters I could picked instead of Mario's place (Angeal, Genesis and Axel all come to mind) but if there's honestly one character that I don't understand his overwhelming acceptance in videogames, it's him. I grew up as a Sega/Sony kid, so that's probably a strong factor into why I never really understood the whole 'console mascot' thing. Sure, Sonic and Crash were both tied to their respective systems as mascots of each but to me, Sega was about Phantasy Star and Sony was about Gran Turismo. It was beyond me but I could obviously see what Mario was to the Nintendo kids. The games tied to his name were the flagship games for that system and I'm fine with that. Really. The Mario games are great and I sure-as-shit enjoyed the fuck out of Super Mario Brothers and the subsequent NES/SNES releases.
The thing is that as soon as Mario was given a voice, I completely lost any sort of understanding as to why he was liked. Even as a kid, I didn't get why the character would appeal to me. Just... his voice is aggravating. I don't get why the jump from 2D to 3D made it so he was redesigned as a completely child-oriented mascot, even when it comes to voice. What? Kids will see him in all three dimensions? Well shit! Quick, get someone to make him sound like he just fell off a short bus to the school for special kids!
It's also worth noting that I can't shake the feeling that videogames, today still, as seen as targeted for kids because of him. I'm most likely wrong, considering the vast majority of children are now playing Call of Duty now (which is just as disturbing for a variety of reasons), but surely it can't help our problem with having our industry taken seriously, right?
But again, I fully understand what he's done for gaming. If it wasn't for him, Nintendo probably wouldn't have decided to make a mascot out of all of their characters and the company, as well as the industry, probably wouldn't be the same. He's a great mascot for the company and whether I like him or not is completely irrelevant because ultimately, the game's his in are still pretty fuckin' great. ... well, at least the platformers. The mini-game stuff... yeah. No thanks. But this is supposed to be about what I honestly think and I honestly think that Mario, as a character and a mascot for both a company and an entire industry, is nothing short of annoying thanks to his inconceivably childish portrayal.
Days of Gaming Recap!Feb 13th, 2011 - Day 1: Your Very First Videogame
Feb 14th, 2011 - Day 2: Your Favorite Character
Feb 15th, 2011 - Day 3: A Game That Is Underrated
Feb 16th, 2011 - Day 4: Your Guilty-Pleasure Game
Feb 17th, 2011 - Day 5: Game Character You Wish You Were
See you, once again, tomorrow!