Wednesday, November 5, 2014
In this week's City Paper — on the streets today — I wrote a story about the city's first Retro Gaming Expo which is happening at the Pittsburgh Irish Center on Nov. 15. You can read that story here if you haven't already.
Once you do, you'll read about one of the event organizers, James Deighan of the retro video game company 8 Bit Evolution, and his strange fascination/passion/obsession with the old video game title, "Shaq Fu" — a game whose premise is that NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal is a ninja. The game's suckiness is legendary and there are zillions of videos of people dedicated to destroying the game.
But Deighan is different. He has appointed himself guardian of this craptacular title and has more than 80 copies of the game in his collection. In fact, his partner in the company and the expo, Matt Jurcic, brought him a copy of "Shaq Fu" the day we sat down.
"Do you want to play 'Shaq Fu'," an excited Deighan asked me at the end of our interview. "Um, I really don't," was my reply. But I thought that others may want to experience the game without playing it, so here is a complete walkthrough to check out.