A NEW CONTRIBUTOR APPROACHES! CHARLIE TAKES THE STAGE!
I am super happy to announce a new contributor to Digital Draughts- all around awesome dude and retro games enthusiast, Charlie! You can (and should) check out Charlie’s other work as an editor at Nintendeal, where a small team of dedicated Nintendo fans brings you the freshest reviews, the most up-to-date news, and the best deals!
You will start seeing a bunch of fun collaborative articles from the two of us, along with some great individual musings from this rather musical man. Charlie is kicking things off with an exciting new column for Digital Draughts. Take it away, sir!
Now, I’ll be straight here: I’m a beer guy. That crisp, biting, refreshing drink is my main go to, and the focal point of my boozy explorations.
That said, sometimes, I just yearn for something *else*… it could be a mood, the weather, or the occasion, but I sometimes find myself wandering over to the liquor cabinet. And even as a beer guy, I feel I need to know how to navigate all of the classic, standard cocktails. We entertain often at my house, and many of my friends are not beer people (I know, it’ll be ok, I promise). I want them to feel comfortable and welcome to engage in revelry!
Thus, the idea for this column was born. When Chip approached me to become a contributor to Digital Draughts, my first thought was… how can I work classic (or “retro”) games into this? I love new games, but vintage software is my primary passion in the digital realm. As I thought about it, I realized, just as there are many classic or traditional cocktails that I think everyone should be familiar with, beer people included, so are there retro games that I feel all gamers should investigate. I took the idea to Chip, and he loved it, so here we are!
Welcome to Carts & Cocktails! Let’s get mixing!
Stage 1-1: Bloody Mary & Splatterhouse Wanpaku Graffiti
Since we’re kicking this off in October, Chip and I thought a Halloween-themed pairing would be a fun way to start, and the choices were obvious. For our first essential cocktail, we’re going with a Bloody Mary. This is great cocktail to have with brunch the day after a craft brewery tour, it’s the ultimate hangover cure!
We’re going to go traditional on this, as with all our cocktail coverage, but there are limitless variations. Once you get the basics down, try experimenting!
2 oz Vodka (we used Russian Standard here)
4 oz tomato juice
2 tsp prepared horseradish (don’t get sauce, get prepared)
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco
1 pinch of ground black pepper
1 pinch of smoked paprika
1 lime wedge
1 lemon wedge
A bit of celery salt
Wet the rim of your highball glass, and roll the edge in the celery salt, as you would salt a margarita glass. Fill the glass with ice and put it to the side.
In a shaker, squeeze your lime and lemon wedges, and toss em in! Add the rest of the ingredients, and shake gently until mixed. Strain the mixture into your prepared glass.
Finally, garnish! The traditional garnish is a lime wedge and celery stalk, but you can go nuts here if you want. Shrimp, bacon, olives, whatever floats your boat. Enjoy that sweet, sweet hangover cure.
Splatterhouse is a long-running horror series that, in the fine Halloween tradition, is pretty gruesome. However, in Japan there is a game (and art) style called “super deformed”, often referred to as “SD”. It’s a cute style, with short, large headed, cartoony characters, and this title, Splatterhouse Wanpaku Graffiti, while an outlier for the series as a whole, falls right in the middle of the SD sub-genre.
Released for the Famicom by Namcot in the summer of 1989, you take the role of Rick, as in the other games, and set off on a quest to rescue your girlfriend from the Pumpkin King. Seems like pretty standard adventure fare, but there’s a cool twist to the ending, if you can make it that far!
This game is much more of a platformer than beat ‘em up like the other Splatterhouse titles, and this game is fast-paced. Having investigated some of the other games in the series, I was really thrown off by the agility displayed by this SD Rick avatar. Rick can zip through levels, using a cleaver as his main weapon, picking up other limited use special weapons and health boosts along the way. It’s a fun romp, with great platforming challenge, awesome music, and a lot of zany humor, in the grand tradition of SD games.
Just as I think everyone should know how to make a good Bloody Mary, I also believe every gamer should at some point, acquaint themselves with the Super Deformed genre, and Splatterhouse Wanpaku Graffiti is one of the best. So the next time you find yourself with a lazy Sunday in October, finish that brunch, mix up another Bloody Mary, and get to cleaving those cute monsters!
What did you think of this pairing? Let us know in the comments below!