Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Birdy the Alcoholic Scarecrow

I love Conker's Bad Fur Day.  Say what you will about having a game filled with crude adult humor on a Nintendo system, but this is still the funniest game I've ever played.  The stages, most of which parodied popular movies, were all memorable and enjoyable (as well as frustrating, I'm looking at you, dinosaur-themed world).  We know from a previous posting about a certain sentient pile of dung that Conker has its fair share of weirdness, and today I want to talk about one of my favorite characters in the game: Birdy the Scarecrow.

He almost looks like a distant relative of Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas.

You are introduced to Birdy fairly early in the game, in a tutorial sequence that teaches Conker how to use context-sensitive platforms (which are just platforms you stand on in order to activate a special power-up specific to that area of the map).  After you get over the shock of having a creepy-looking scarecrow come to life and talk to you, you immediately notice that this guy is totally wasted.  What follows is a hilarious conversation between Conker and Birdy where Birdy tries to explain the concept of context-sensitive areas, while clearly not knowing the meaning of context-sensitivity.

But in the end, Conker finally uses a nearby context-sensitive (trust me, after watching this sequence of the game, you will never get tired of saying "context-sensitive") platform to give a beer to his new straw-filled buddy.



Sadly you only run into Birdy at one other point in the game, during another funny sequence where he rambles on about reading manuals and wanting Mepsi Pax (a play on Pepsi Max, a favorite drink of a member of the Conker development team who was nicknamed Beardy). Whether you love him or are annoyed with him, you have to agree that Birdy is one weird and unique character!

3 comments:

  1. You know, it has been ages and ages since I have played this game. I liked it as a teenager as I got to feel rebellious, I wonder if I'd enjoy it so much now...

    I also just wanted to say hello to a fellow Aussie gamer! I discovered you through the blog network, and I like what you're doing. If you don't mind me linking myself, I can be found at www.digitallydownloaded.net

    I'm going to add you to my list of blogs to watch, so I'll be posting around here much more in the future!

    Matt

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    1. Hi Matt,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I'm sure you'll still enjoy playing Conker, I went through it as an adult and loved the game's humor.

      I'm actually not an Aussie (I was born in California), but it's all good! Thanks for adding me to your blog list, I'll add you to my "Awesome Gaming Blogs I Follow" section.

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  2. Oops, my bad! Blogger insists on dumping a ".au" on everything I visit these days so I sometimes assume folks are Aussie by accident.

    Not to worry, you're still awesome ;)

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