False RootmarsMetal Slug 3 (2000)Developer(s): SNKFrame sheet can be found here.Sprite map can be found here.
Note: It’s a static boss with a single move (granted there’s a small and large variant of the attack), but I wanted to show it off since it’s one of the best effects I’ve seen among any pixelated game. On top of including the final sprite, I’ve separated both layers of the effect because that’s really what’s being studied here.
"I’m always sad."
"Are there certain thoughts associated with the sadness?"
"No, the sadness is under the thoughts. It’s like when you’re on a camping trip, and it’s really cold, and you put on extra socks, and an extra sweater, but you still can’t get warm, because the coldness is in your bones."
"Do you hope to get away from it?"
"Not anymore. I just hope to come to peace with it."
I… wha… I have no words except for this is so sad and yet so… deep?
"His grandmother and I are raising him. I worry about putting him into the public school system. I was a teacher for many years. I’ve seen so much confidence destroyed by the standardized system. Every human is born with natural curiosity. I’ve never seen a child who wasn’t inspired. But once you force someone to do anything, the inspired person is killed. I dropped out of school myself in 7th grade. So I know. I taught a GED course for years, so I’ve seen the end results over and over. I’ve seen so many kids who have complexes and insecurities because they were forced to do something they weren’t ready to do, and then they were blamed when they weren’t able to do it. What we call ‘education’ today is not organic. You can’t take something as complex as the human mind, compartmentalize it, and regiment its development so strictly."