There is only one true video game console. It's called NES or Nintendo! And within the NES world, there is only a few real games. They are everything Super Mario, Mike Tyson's Punch Out, and Contra! Where are all my Gen X'ers? And yes, Gen Y'ers too? Let's talk the brilliance of the game Contra in this episode. No. It's not going to be this. "Ken, it's up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start." That's a different podcast!
The game of Contra had several missions where you had to navigate through a constantly scrolling screen left to right and bottom to top to reach the bad guy at the end of each level. The game was near impossible to beat without the above cheat code for 30 extra lives. If you're listening to this and you beat Contra with the non-cheat 4 lives... please email me so I can give you a shout out on this show! Anyway, let's get back on track. There were several choices of weapons you could get. You start with a single-shot semi-automatic rifle. It's not a great weapon. Then there's a few others that are better like the wave gun, where it shoots a single shot that propels in a sweeping wave form. The wave is better than the first weapon. There's the machine gun, which shoots several bullets at a time straight. This is efficient especially for destroying the fortress shields, but it's hard to win a level with the basic rifle, wave, or machine gun. You need the big guns. They are simply known in the Contra Universe as "S" and "L" for spreadshot and laser.
The laser beam sends a long powerful blast that wipes out multiple guys and opens up force field shields in one shot. It has the equivalent power of at least 10 machine gun rounds. It's highly focused, accurate, and powerful. Many Contra junkies can win with the laser and swear it's the best. But the laser camp is much smaller in size than what I and many others believe. There is but one ultimate weapon in Contra. It's called the spreadshot. This gun shoots 10 rounds at once in a spread of 30 degrees. It eliminates everything in it's path from a distance. Plus, you can get close to any shield and the combined power of all 10 shots equals one laser blast. You can see why the spreadshot is the best. Yes, I'm biased.
I'm going to relate this to a conversation. Coach Josh has a business partner Chad Brown and they run the Stronger Business Podcast. They're also partners in the Athens Cleaning Company. Chad is crushing it. Josh is crushing it too but not quite to the level that Chad is, so I asked Josh the difference. Josh said he is super focused and goes after things, but Chad just implements faster and tries more things out. Chad fails at more things. I remember Josh telling me months ago a quote he heard. The difference between a seven figure earner and an eight-figure earner or a six and seven-figure earner is their speed of implementation. People that take more action, fail more. They also succeed much faster. I told Josh this. I think that you have chosen the laser beam and Chad has the spreadshot from Contra. And I probably have that wave gun or machine gun! He liked the analogy and we laughed it off, but it's so relevant.
There are two takeaways you should get from this episode. One is simple. You can win with any weapon, but why not choose the best one. The second is even more obvious. Nintendo is still the greatest gaming system of all time!
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