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One on One with the Requiem: Zeus

Hey, how’s it going? Welcome to another thrilling edition of One on One with The Requiem. That’s me, by the way.

First off, I want to apologize for skipping last month. I had a really great guest lined up, but given some scheduling problems, we couldn’t quite make it happen. I certainly hope that we can still work something out in the future.

Neff’s broken arm in this relief confuses me. Was it supposed to be bent backwards and awkwardly protrude towards the viewer?

But today we’re back with an updated logo to make up for it, and maybe even better, I have a great guest ta’ boot! With me is Zeus, the god of thunder and lightning from Altered Beast, our SEGA Nerds Game of the Month! Ladies and gentlemen, the mighty ZEUS!

Zeus: Thanks for having me. I haven’t descended into the mortal plane for quite some time.

The Requiem: Hey, we’re just glad to have you here with us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the SEGA Genesis and, of course, Altered Beast!

one_on_one_with_the_requiem_zeus_fan_artZeus: Of course.

The Requiem: Before we really get started, I have a personal question. Have you ever met my buddy, Raiden? He’s a thunder god like you.

Zeus: I can’t say that I have.

The Requiem: Wow, really? I just thought with both of you being thunder gods and all, you might have run into each other.

Zeus: No. I’m not sure how that would even work. The two of us are from completely different … uh, different …

The Requiem: … Pantheons.

Zeus: What?

The Requiem: Oh, I’m sorry. You were hung up on what the plural for the word pantheon was, right? It’s pantheons. I just wanted to help you out there.

Zeus: No, I was not “hung up.” I was thinking about … other things.

The Requiem: Sure, Zeus. Sure. No worries. Now let’s look back. “Rise from your grave!” I’m sure people always shout that out to you when they see you, huh?

Thus, Zeus’ contribution to the game is complete. He is now free to sit on his ass and watch.

Zeus: Indeed.

The Requiem: Such a landmark moment though. 25 years ago this month, your voice was the very first one most people heard coming from their new SEGA Genesis systems. How does it feel to be a part of such a critical turning point in gaming history?

Zeus: I am just happy to have made such a memorable contribution.

The Requiem: Yeah, yeah. You know, come to think of it, that’s just about the only contribution you made to the game. “Rise from your grave …” That’s pretty much it.

Zeus: What are you trying to imply?

The Requiem: Well, I guess it’s just that some random jerk named Neff kidnapped your daughter, and instead of using all of your amazing lightning powers to descend into the underworld to save her, you just resurrected some dude on werewolf steroids to do it for you. I’m not saying that you’re lazy, but whenever evil threatens Earth, Raiden has no qualms taking mortal form and taking care of business.

Zeus: Perhaps Raiden does not have more than one issue to deal with at a time.

The Requiem: So, Raiden just doesn’t have enough to do, so he saves people in his spare time?

Zeus: Perhaps.

Mike’s pissed and primed to kick some ass!

The Requiem: Well what about that other guy from Final Fight on SEGA CD? Mike Haggar? He’s the mayor of Metro City, the entire city, and when the Mad Gear gang kidnapped his daughter, Mike ripped off his shirt and kicked some ass!

Zeus: I do not care for this line of questioning.

The Requiem: And how can you say that you were just too busy? You always seem to find the time to come down to Earth in the form of a swan so that you can bang human ladies?


The Requiem: Too hot in the ol’ frying pan, huh? That’s ‘cuz we’re hard-hitting game journalists here at SEGA Nerds! Okay, so we’ll change directions for a bit. Wreck-it Ralph. Disney movie. Came out in 2012. Did you see it?

Zeus is content with Neff being a superstar.

Zeus: No, I did not.

The Requiem: Huh. That’s too bad. Sonic was in it and everything. Dr. Robotnik was there, too, and one of the zombies from The House of the Dead. Hell, even the yellow Cyborg Justice robot was in it. You know who else was in it? Your buddy Neff! How does it feel for your old nemesis to be landing starring roles alongside so many other video game greats? Was your agent on vacay or something?

Zeus: I do not begrudge his success. Our differences were settled millennia ago.

The Requiem: Yeah, I guess all he did was turn your kid into a bird and then tried to sacrifice her. That pretty much puts him right on par with the rest of the Hollywood crowd. I wonder if he would have success in the NFL? Thoughts?

Zeus: I personally feel his showmanship lends itself better to the WWE.

The Requiem: … HAH! Oh, “Welcome to your doom!” Ha! I can’t believe it, Zeus! You made a joke. Nice one. Anyway, let’s talk a little bit about what happens at the end of the game. After the hero has mutated into the golden werewolf and defeats Neff’s final rhinoceros form, he rescues your daughter, Athena. You then have to assume that the two of them totally get it on, and …

Zeus: Excuse me?

The Requiem: Well, that’s what happens at the end of games like this. The dude saves the damsel in distress, and then out of gratitude, she lets him bang her. The games never explicitly show this, but it’s totally implied. Look at the final image of Athena staring longingly into the eyes of the beastly wolf-hero. She totally wants some raw, lycanthropic pounding.

We all KNOW this happens!

Zeus: Watch your tongue, human! That’s my daughter!

The Requiem: And that’s my point! You not only sat on your Olympic-sized ass and let a re-animated zombie man do the hard work for you, but you chose a guy who metamorphoses into a half-wolf, among other animals. I mean, haven’t you ever seen a werewolf movie? Have you never realized that werewolves are just a veiled metaphor for uncontrollable hyper-sexuality?

Zeus: What are you talking about?

The Requiem: You know, every few weeks, in the dark of night, his appetite overtakes him, and he lurks the streets for a new victim to ravage …

Zeus: No, I … I’ve never heard that.

And now a little image for the ladies! Dang, fan art is weird sometimes, but you see my point on the sexuality metaphor now, huh?

The Requiem: Well, I bet you wish you had before Athena wound up giving birth to some kind of hideous wolf-baby. Congratulations, Zeus. You’re the proud grandfather of a dog.

Zeus: …

The Requiem: Oh, snap! It really did happen, didn’t it!? Zeus’ daughter Athena birthed herself a dog-baby! That’s a SEGA Nerds exclusive, folks! It’s too bad he wasn’t the were-bear at the time! You could’ve had a teddy bear grandkid!

Zeus: Are we done?

The Requiem: Oh, we’re just getting started. So, the God of War series … what was it like to get your ass handed to you by Kratos?

SEGA Nerds World Exclusive! Zeus’ grand-wolf-baby!

Zeus: You insolent brat!

The Requiem: And if you’re eternal? Why do you look so old? And don’t say “thunder god,” because Raiden is a thunder god, too, and he doesn’t look half as old as you …

Zeus: May you suffer a thousand years in the pits of Tartarus, human! Both you and your false deity, Raiden!

The Requiem: Ooooh, I wouldn’t say that too loudly.

Zeus: Raiden is not worthy to pick scabs from my beard!!!

The Requiem: Uh, oh. Hearing some thunder there, Zeus.


The Requiem

Having grown up with a SEGA Master System, The Requiem has been a lifelong SEGA fan. Favorite SEGA games include: Gunstar Heroes, Shinobi III, the House of the Dead: Overkill, Jet Set Radio, & Alex Kidd in Miracle World. Other game favorites include: Super Metroid (SNES), Tempest 2000 (Atari Jaguar), Mortal Kombat (Arcade) and Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery (iOS). The Requiem exists digitally as @UnboundRequiem on Twitter.

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