Mario The Real Story

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I know I’ve probably posted other interpretations of the Mario Story, but this amused me.

Via Man Eggs 

In other news and slightly related news I found out today that the person who voices Cortana in the Halo series is the same person that voices Princess Peach and Toad in the Mario games…

Trailer For Karateka Remake

I remember relishing going to my cousin’s house to play Karateka, I didn’t have it on my Mac, but he had it on his DOS PC. It was amazing, a game that had people that moved realistically! This was before Prince of Persia blew my mind yet again.

I love the theme of this trailer for the remake, I love that it uses the original graphics running on an Apple II, I’m not too overstruck with the visuals in the new game though, I’m sure that the game will be quite cool, but I don’t think it’s going to live up the the nostalgia of the original.

Good trailer though.

Petty 8 Machine: Chiptune Cover of NIN Album

I’ve been listening to a lot of chip-tunes lately mainly because I find that they oddly increase my concentration. Maybe it’s something innate in me that associates the stream of bleeps and bloops with playing really difficult video games?

Anyway the above album by Inverse Phase is a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ Petty hate machine and it’s pretty good.

If you are interested in more chip tunes it’s worth noting that 8 Bit Weapon have recently released a collection of all their music that isn’t licensed to other people for the low price of $20.

Also if you have played the amazing iOS game Super Hexagon, then you can’t have missed the awesome sountrack by Chipzel, which is available to buy for just £2.

Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Industry Mandating Arabic POS and Recipts

In a move that is probably going to cost Saudi Business millions of Riyals/Dollars, the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Industry is mandating businesses to use Arabic on receipts, price labels and special offers. Inspections apparently start next week on the first day of the Muslim new year.

I lived in Saudi for 18 years and have visited ever so often over the past 14 years, almost all point of sale and marketing materials are in English over there presumably because the tills and price tag printers are mostly imported from the US or Europe.

It’s fair enough to insist that the major super markets start to phase in Arabic Cash desks that can print receipts, but in a time where everyone is struggling to make ends meet to mandate that every small business needs to essentially replace their point of sale equipment, seems a little silly.

The reasoning behind this is apparently pride in the Arabic language, it being the language of the Quaran, I don’t think it’s going anywhere.

All I have to go by is the above poster, I’ve done a quick check of the ministry’s website (Both Arabic and English) but I can’t find any reference to this.

If anyone can provide more detail I’d be interested in hearing about it in the comments…