Italian Side-Quest: Milan

(ed. note: Intrepid contributor ViciousPjuraHead is spending the summer in Italy and will be filing dispatches of a gaming or comic related nature, when he gets around to it.

Taking a break form the chaos of Rome I decided to head up to Milan for a few days.  Arriving in Milan you get the feeling of organization that is usually (read: always) lacking in Rome.  The trains run on time, the streets are clean, and it’s a much more classier set of people.  Granted some shops still close on Wednesday for no reason but am I really upset that the  Prada, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Feragamo, Alexander McQueen, and two, count ’em, TWO Dolce and Gabana stores are closed whilst window shopping?  The city center is much smaller than Rome’s and I found three days to be absolutely perfect. While traveling I met two brothers who have lived in Milan their entire lives but had spent time in Reno, Chicago, and Fort Lauderdale.  I also found a self cleaning toilet and an Italian book store that had a comics section.  And by comic section I mean an issue of Rat-Man all by its lonesome and a shelf of Dylan Dog comics. YO WHAT UP RAT-MAN!!

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Vive Italia!

(ed. note: Intrepid contributor ViciousPjuraHead is spending the summer in Italy and will be filing dispatches of a gaming or comic related nature, when he gets around to it.

So every summer in Rome, on the island that sits on the Tiber River (which runs through Rome, actually) there’s aseason long festival filled with shops, restaurants, bars, and copious amounts of Italian men trying to mack it to gorgeous Italian women.  Being the clever fellow I am, I went to the spot that I knew for sure would have the flyest, breeziest Ialian babes…and found some video games to play instead. In the back corner on an upper part of the level I found a section with old games called, imaginatively enough, Area Retrogames

An intriguing scrap.
One of the games that was available to play to any rando that walked in was the delightfully terrible Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero. Do you remember that game? If you don’t, I can’t say that you’re missing out on any sort of keystone of video game history. Nevertheless, I was here, I’ve found it and now I’m going to play it.

A handsomely terrifying visage

The Blur

PURE ECSTASY! Wow…the Playstation was cutting edge back when I was in college..I think it’s currently considered cutting edge in Italy.


Game onThe banner to the side of me is advertising a video game museum that’s set to open on October 20th and it is called VIGAMUS. Sadly I’ll be long gone by then. Longshot, sure, but if you’re in Italy in October, check it out! File a report!

Buonanotte e buona serata!

I Came, I Saw, I Played Sonic and Knuckles.

(ed. note: Intrepid contributor ViciousPjuraHead is spending the summer in Italy and will be filing dispatches of a gaming or comic related nature, when he gets around to it.)

Buongiorno readers! I’m in Italy for the summer but in between slowly sweating to death in the unforgiving sun & dodging erratic motorinos driven by feral Italians I’ll try to find some interesting & relevant bits about the gaming & comic culture here in Roma.  Only being here a day or so but I was able to find this funky quasi arcade sporting some very current titles, including the previously mentioned Sonic & Knuckles.  Which, seeing as how it was released in 1994, puts Italy only about 18 years behind the curve, gaming wise.  Do they even know that a major franchise has based several AAA-titles on exploits of their (imaginary & not-so imaginary) countrymen? I’m going to have to go with a big ol’ niente.  

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