Encore Gamecell

by M. Joshua

In which, we played GameCell’s greatest hits and wonder why Jesus got angry before he raised his buddy from the dead:

Skullgirls Encore


We popped open Skullgirls Encore. Alex and Tim ate it right up. They loved the colorful intensity of each match: heads falling off and used for soccer practice while another character shoots bombs out of an umbrella. I liked the wacky new character who has a snake-squid going through her head. Vince took to it quickly. Brian didn’t seem too into it, saying he’s not into button-mashers. I tried to explain how it was much more than that, but what came out of my mouth sounded more like diarrhea.


Lazarus’ Tomb

Since I need to work on my transitions, the next thing out of my mouth was: “So what comes to mind when you hear the name, Lazarus?”

Alex’s answer may have been my favorite: “The project they used to bring Shepherd back from the dead in Mass Effect 2.”

“So how familiar are you with the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead?”

Jesus had stayed outside the village, at the place where Martha met him. 31 When the people who were at the house consoling Mary saw her leave so hastily, they assumed she was going to Lazarus’s grave to weep. So they followed her there. When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him,[f] and he was deeply troubled. 34 “Where have you put him?” he asked them.

They told him, “Lord, come and see.” Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?”

Why do you think Jesus got so angry?

In short, Jesus got really angry. Then he cried, got angry some more, and then ordered people to remove the stone that kept the smell in Lazarus’ tomb. Instead of a smell, Lazarus came out.

I asked, “And how do you think people responded to this?” Tim replied, “I’d imagine they were pretty impressed.” “Some were. Others decided it was time to kill Jesus and Lazarus. Weird, right?”

Game Time


“So what do you guys want to play?” I asked. “We’ve got the new DLC for Last of Us (Left Behind) that we could play through in two hours. Or we could play something multiplayer.”


Since Brian brought some spare controllers, I was excited to see how we’d do with 4-man Samurai Gunn. Needless to say, I think we did very well. Very well indeed.

Special Guest: Caleb Staner


Caleb arrived just in time to slash and get slashed to pieces in Samurai Gunn. “Hey, what did you guys talk about?” He asked. Not gonna lie, I was pretty happy that he was curious. Seems like the weekend retreat the week previous left him with a good impression. “Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead and crying and stuff.” I said. “Sweet.” He said.

Kaleb’s Kung Fu was strong. Strong enough to beat Brian in a showdown (no easy feat).


By popular demand, the guys requested that we play Nidhogg.


There was much dive-kicking, yelling, and stabbing. And belly-laughter.

Brian did not like the giant worm.


Since it was Caleb’s first GameCell, I opened my Game Library’s trunk and told him to pick whatever called out to him.

“What’s another good multiplayer game?” He asked.

Pixeljunk: Shooter

Alex and Caleb rocked their tiny spaceships in underground caves with clay walls and astronauts that needed saving. Though, I think the “saving” looked more like “Whoops! Didn’t mean to shoot him with a missile!”


Then I felt bad for kicking everybody out. They all wanted to stay.