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'EARTHBOUND' (1995) - SNES

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The Daily Arts guide to
upcoming Ann Arbor events
Today 9.18.08
Food Sessions: "Discover
the Flavors of Coffee" with
Tonya Huffman
7 p.m.
At the Whole Foods Cooking and
Lifestyles Classroom
Free
Comedy Jamm: Perfor-
mances by 12 Aspiring Area
Stand-up Comics
8 p.m.
At the VFS Hall (Below Seva Restaurant)
$5
Tomorrow 9.19.08
"Revolution Hero": Dance
Dance Revolution and Gui-
tar Hero Tournaments
6 p.m.
At the Ann Arbor District Library
Free
Corn Maze
6 p.m.
At Talladay Farms (6270 Judd Road)
$6
Saturday 9.20.08
Mark Morris Dance Group
8 pm.
At the Power Center
$20-$48
Ann Arbor Film Festival
DVD Release Party
9 p.m.
At 1131/2 West Liberty
$10
Sunday 9.21.08
Infinate Landscape: Master
Photographers from the
UMMA Collection
3 p.m.
At the UMMA Offsite
Free
Please send all press releases
and event information to
arts@michigandaily.com.

An unforgettable
head trip of a game
By JAMIE BLOCK
For the Daily
If you've ever wondered where Ness
from Super Smash Bros actually came
from, "Earthbound" has the answer.
The game stars Ness, the baseball-lov-
ingboy wonder who assembles the four
"chosen ones" in this delightfully trip-
py role-playing game for Super Ninten-
do. If there's one game to play on the
SNES from creators who were prob-
ably on acid at the time - and there are
many - make it this one.
When I was first introduced to COUESYOFAPESTUDIOS
"Earthbound" and saw Ness, I'm not of humor is impressionable. If you do,
sure what exactly I expected, but it was nobody will understand a single joke
nothing like what I got. Based on my you make for the rest of your life.
"Super Smash" experience, I thought it "Earthbound" had a great combat
might be the tale of a mild-mannered system for its day. The most notable
young schoolboy who goes through life feature is that unlike some RPGs, there
launching little lightning balls through are no random battles. (I'm looking
the air while screaming. Maybe that at you, "Final Fantasy VII.") You can
was just my dream for my own life.
Either way, discovering the true nature
of "Earthbound" has scarred me for
life, but ina goodl way. Ness, Buzz Buzz
It's impossible to forget the first
time you played "Earthbound," and Giygas are just
because the first few minutes are fuck-
igweird. When Ness is awoken by so e fth wer
meteor strike less than a mile from things on display.
his home, he makes the safe choice to
investigate it. Upon arriving, he finds
a wasp named Buzz Buzz who tells
him he's an alien from the future who
has come back in time to stop an alien , see your enemies, and if you manage
menace called Giygas from conquering to sneak up behind one, a green spiral
the planet. After Buzz Buzz defeats an will happily inform you that you've
incredibly powerful alien who thwarts earned a surprise first attack. Combat
Ness's path home, he is killed by Ness's is turn-based, which means you choose
mother with a fly swatter. This is the your attacks and items. Once you've
first of many moments where "Earth- chosen, the order of attacks is based
bound" basically says, "Yes, that just on each character's speed. Leveling
happened." up increases your character's stats
Buzz Buzz's death is a prime exam- and unlocks new magic abilities such
ple of the humor that makes Earth- as PE fire, which is much more fun to
bound so unique compared to other use when you don't have to hear Ness's
RPGs, both old and new. Other exam- annoyingly high pitched voice scream
ples include the six violent moles Ness it out. This is all pretty standard RPG
fights underground, each of whom fare, but "Earthbound" does a particu-
claims he is the third strongest, and larly good job while maintaining a plot
the fact that the name of one of your that is entertaining, if incredibly odd.
party members, unless you choose to Of all the ways to amuse, confuse
change it, is Poo. Do not make the same and rot your brain, "Earthbound" is
mistake I made by playing this game certainly one of the weirdest and most
at a time in your life when your sense entertaining options out there.
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Cordially invites University of Michigan Juniors and Seniors
to a presentation and reception
On
Thursday, September 25th, 2008
Ross School of Business
Career Development Center -K1310
7:00 PM
Career Analyst Interviews: Thursday, October 16th, 2008
Summer Analyst Interviews: Thursday, January 28th, 2009
Seniors interested in interviewing for Analyst positions
in our Investment Banking Group
should submit resumes and cover letters through iMpact
by September 25th
For additional information, please contact:
Kristen Holzer: Kristen.Holzer@lazard.com

* Positions available in New York, San Francisco, Chicago

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