Keyboard Geniuses: Readers praise the power and joy of Mario’s mustache
Keyboard Geniuses is our weekly glance at a few intriguing, witty, or otherwise notable posts from the Gameological discussion threads. Comments have been excerpted and edited here for grammar, length, and/or clarity. You can follow the links to see the full threads.
The Power ‘stache
The “Bodies” edition of Special Topics In Gameology came to a close this week with an essay from Derrick Sanskrit about the ways game have used hair to define and connect us to characters. Derrick backed it up with some of his own graphics, including a chart that compared a Mario with and without hair from across some of his earliest appearances. All those Mario sprites lined side-by-side gave duwease a revelation:
I always thought Mario’s sprites throughout the NES games got more expressive as the developers got better at pushing the hardware. Looking at it here, though, it’s just different reshufflings …