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Revisiting the Classics with Emily Stransky

She must have been a plumber in her past life

The weather forecast for Wednesday was less than promising. After trudging through lakes of rain water to get to class, I was almost sure we would not be able to follow through with our plans to play Super Mario Bros. for the NES.

My misfortune suddenly dissipated when I noticed the rain had stopped and a two-hour window with a semi-open skyline was ripe for the taking. That’s when Emily and I decided it was all systems go for setting up camp on Washington Quad.

After wading through an entire parking lot with no available spots, we settled for a nice, long walk carrying a flat screen television and possibly the most influential gaming console ever produced, the Nintendo NES.

We found an outlet and began to play.

“I’m sorry I dominate at this game,” she says while crushing each level and finding all the hidden points. The side scrolling platformer, released in 1985 was a massive success for the Nintendo Corporation and launched Mario as the highest grossing video game character of all time.

Finally, Emily lost all of her lives and turned the reigns over to me. Sadly enough, my beloved childhood memories did nothing to help my skill at the game. Sure, when I was younger I cruised through the game like a pro. I’m blaming it on all the games I’ve had to play since then. Needless to say, my inner kid was very upset with my performance.

During our session, we encountered many students who shared the same nostalgic awe that we did. Considering we are all striving so hard to become adults, it was nice to see so many students willing to reflect on the golden days.

A huge thanks to Emily for all that she did. Not many people can say they reached the turtle ninjas playing on Washington quad.