a few years back, there was this guy named “icycalm” who got somewhat popular in the arcade gaming scene by writing fairly informative articles about arcade gaming. he was somewhat abrasive about it though, and had a super rigid view of game design, basically believing that any game that wasn’t a tough as nails 2D arcade-style action game was awful. (so basically, not too far from egoraptor/arin hanson)
as time went on, he got more and more harsh about his views, to the point where he literally considered RPG fans to be mentally deficient. the breaking point was when someone doxxed him and found out he was a literal criminal (scammed a bunch of old people out of their money) on the run for the law. that information coming to light gave him a mental breakdown. he started getting into philosophy but it was basically an excuse for him to justify becoming a raging sexist social darwinist fascist
he then became more cult leader-like, banning a bunch of people from his forums and locking most of his content behind a paywall (50 fucking bucks per year to access his shit!). he tried a variety of creative projects from developing his own “revolutionizing” game to creating a “grand theory of everything” philosophy. as of now, he’s currently faking his death, either for attention seeking or to stay on the run from the law, or both. but he’s more than likely still alive because the domain on his websites got renewed
he’s not actively dangerous or anything but i thought it was a….interesting story to relay. when i was a lot younger i used to be a fan of his when he was more reasonable, and afterwards i was around for the 4chan threads he tried preaching to. he started a very small movement of people who shared his views on gaming, but arcade gaming being so niche stopped it from rising to like, obnoxious “PC MASTER RACE!!!” levels. i’m fairly certain that movement is essentially non existent lmao
so yeah, ever feel bad about your life, just know it could get as bad as this guy’s
Crystal Castles is an arcade game released by Atari, Inc in 1983. The player controls a cartoon bear by the name of Bentley Bear, who has to collect gems located throughout trimetric-projected rendered castles while avoiding enemies out to get him as well as the gems.
Crystal Castles is notable for being one of the first arcade action games with an actual ending, whereas most games of the time either continued indefinitely, ended in what was termed a “kill screen” or simply just restarted from the first level, and to contain advance warp zones. [Wiki]