It was the game we got, not one we deserved. For eons, people mocked Mario Paint as a cheap imitation of a video game. Something so lacking in excitement as to actually discourage screen time amongst children.
Like most things, we didn’t know what kind of gem we had until years later. The biggest criticism it endured was also its biggest strength: its subdued mechanic was a literal blank canvas for the untapped creativity of a generation of artists.
Case in point: buddy recreated Toto’s Africa, a painstaking process spanning months. But, one that shows just how powerful the human imagination can be.
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