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Sher-ba-kuf-um was my name for RBI Baseball sidearm legend Brett Saberhagen. His last name had to be abbreviated for the game. I can’t find a screen shot of what it was exactly. Something like Sbrhgen. I always called him Scherbakufum. He was probably the best pitcher in the game with a deadly sidearm release.

Brett saberhagen

There were probably numerous ways to cheat and win at this game, but I always used a method where I would get a player to steal a base or get caught in a run down, if I made the opposing team throw the ball back and forth a few times they would inevitably commit a throwing error and throw the ball into the outfield and I would score. This brought me much joy as a child.

For this painting I chose a different matchup.

RBI painting

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For some reason all the players in the game are shown to be Caucasian including Gooden.

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My brother asked for this game when we were little. Maybe he was 14 and I was 9? I don’t know. I’ll have to ask him. Why did he want this one. Where did he play it before?

It was one of maybe 3 games we had for NES. We played it a lot and beat it a lot. One of the best parts was the music to level 8.

There was an arcade version of this at the time, but it wasn’t as fun as the home version.

Brother Jeff says: ”

I think it was the first Nintendo game we got – and we didn’t get many Nintendo games, they were very expensive to buy (like $50-$70 each), maybe we’d get one a year as a birthday or christmas gift.  Mostly borrowed or rented games.  What other Nintendo games did we even own??
I think I originally wanted Bionic Commando because I must have played it at somebody else’s house – certainly I wasn’t familiar with the arcade version, I didn’t see that till we already knew the Nintendo version inside and out.  And 99% of the time those experiences were disappointing, whenever there was a great arcade game that was released in Nintendo version, the home versions were so much crummier and totally different from the arcade.  Like Shinobi, which I worshipped as an arcade game, I made the mistake of being excited for the Nintendo version which of course was lame.
But I do remember being surprised and sort of disappointed that Bionic Commando was so easy to beat.  It was such a fancy and exciting gift to get, I thought it would provide months of challenge like Super Mario before finally beating it, but I think I beat it in about one day of playing.  Sort of guilty and horrifying, I think I assumed that all Nintendo games were guarantees of weeks or months of challenging fun.  But some were beatable in one day, and other were frustratingly nigh-impossible to beat.  It was a very rare game that provided just the exact right amount of challenge, like the Super Mario games.
 I don’t remember where I first saw Bionic Commando though.  Maybe Elan’s house or something like that.  Maybe Abe had it.  That sort of thing.”

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I was downtown and saw that the Ground Control Arcade had moved across the street to a new space. It looked like a bigger space. I thought: “Ooh, they have more space, they can have all their arcade games out, including “Spy Hunter”‘ – a game I would watch my brother play at various magazines shops in our neighborhood. Alas they didn’t have it. So I came home and painted a picture of it (similar to an Arkonoid painting I did in college which I never got back from Raphi)

Maybe I’ll do more. But why am I doing a painting of my brother’s favorite game? Jeez.

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