Live from Gregory Hall Episode II

March 21, 2013

Another podcast I recorded with Bryan:

https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/17357

I hope you like it.

Jonathan K. Contrades

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Live from Gregory Hall

March 21, 2013

I made a pilot for a now ongoing podcast at the University of Illinois

https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/15305

Please listen to it.

Jonathan K. Contrades

About.me

March 21, 2013

So I have a greater presence in the blogointerwebosphere

 

http://about.me/jonathancontrades

 

Jonathan K. Contrades

Thoughts on the N64

March 21, 2013

Contemporary critics gave the N64 a lot of crap back in the day. Supposedly eclipsed by the Playstation, the N64 never received the recognition it deserved. Today is quite different. The people I’ve reminisced with have only good things to say about the once great system. I can recall the moment I received my N64 clear as day. For the Christmas of 1998 my parents bought me the N64 as well as two games: Ocarina of Time and Yoshi’s Story. I bought a few other games as the years went on; I would borrow and rent a multitude of others. Most captivating was the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, the title I have awarded Game of the Year: All Years. The engrossing plot as well as the deep and plentiful side-quests captured my youthful imagination. From the 4th grade to the 8th, I spent countless hours playing the hallowed console. Alas, when the Gamecube came out I sold my N64 and all of the games to pay for the new system. My greatest regret has been selling that machine. Today; however, I think I remedied that wound. This is why I write, for I must tell the story of how I came upon the system that defined my childhood.

 

Last week, my mother lost her cell phone charger. There was an electronics store nearby that maintained a stockpile of used cell phone charges. Amongst their disorienting plethora of used electronics items, they had a healthy collection of old video game consoles. Thus, I established the perfect pretext of going: while my mother could look for her charger, I could sift through the old consoles and games to see if anything caught my fancy.

 

Little did I know that I had a date with destiny. As I looked through bags of old N64 and SNES games arrayed on a wall, an employee laid a clear plastic upon a counter next to me. I could the N64 poking out of the lidless top, but I wasn’t all that concerned until the man spoke:

 

“Can you feel how heavy this gold is?” he said, holding up a cartridge of dark, un-burnished  gold.

 

There it was, staring me right in the face. The Game of the Year, All Years: Majora’s Mask. My head spun. Rummaging through the box, I found a coterie of my favorite games: Harvest Moon, Goldeneye, and Rogue Squadron to name a few. This box delivered a nostalgia injection right into my heart. I decided on the spot that I would buy an N64. After careful deliberation, I found an N64 system that would meet my needs: neither defaced by its previous owner nor showing obvious signs of neglect. Initially I chose only 3 games to accompany my purchase of the system (Majora’s Mask included, of course). Fortune smiled on me that day for the games were half off, so I bought 8. On the way home we stopped at a furniture store; I sat in the car to guard my newly found treasure. On a whim, I held the N64 in my controller and played around with the c-buttons. Instantly, the tactile sensation brought the past to life: selecting the right item to progress through Zelda, the proper maneuver to dodge enemy fire in Perfect Dark. Those were the days.

 

The N64 defined my childhood experience with the video game console. It traveled with me from Alabama to New Mexico, and then all the way to Delaware. Sometimes I wonder where my old system ended up after I sold it to Gamestop. Maybe it’s sitting on a shelf somewhere, carefully used and protected to insure survival. Perhaps some kid bought it, only to sell it back once it outlived its usefulness. For a moment, I fantasized that this might be the console I spent my childhood with. Unfortunately, my console had the memory expansion and I never owned the clear-purple controller. Regardless, I reclaimed a piece of the past. Testing out all of the cartridges to ensure playability catapulted me down the annals of my video gaming history. Starfox was as brilliant and ridiculous as ever. Goldeneye was a bit darker and slower than I remembered.  Needless to say, I have only just begun to relive the past.

Jonathan K. Contrades

Another letter

February 18, 2009

http://media.www.dailyillini.com/media/storage/paper736/news/2009/02/11/Letters/WalMart.Creates.Good.Competition-3623147.shtml

Jonathan Contrades

old news is oooooooooolllllddddddddd

August 6, 2008

I found myself in a paper: http://www.oths.k12.il.us/prowler/2000s/00s/03-04/2004-05-12.pdf

Jonathan Contrades

August 5, 2008

new steam page: http://steamcommunity.com/id/jonathancontrades

check it out

Jonathan Contrades

Another link

August 5, 2008

http://jonathancontrades.wordpress.com

Jonathan Contrades

loling in the news by Jonathan Contrades

July 16, 2008

http://media.www.dailyillini.com/media/storage/paper736/news/2008/04/10/Diversions/Kimya.Dawson.To.Perform.In.Urbana-3315105.shtml

-Jonathan Contrades

Jonathan Contrades in the news

June 25, 2008

http://www.dailyillini.com/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticle&ustory_id=7dee273d-0028-4209-848e-35020ad7468c