Mega Ran Lost His Nintendo 3DS, and the Internet Is On the Case

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I never quite understood it until yesterday, but my favorite Andy Warhol quote has always been, "In the future, everyone will be famous enough to have the Internet come to their rescue for 15 minutes, or until some more really goofy Anthony Weiner sexts leak." Phoenix's own Random -- alias Mega Ran -- is on the receiving end of the Internet's distributed generosity Wednesday, as Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and Redditors put out a dragnet for his missing Nintendo 3DS, lost somewhere on last week's West Coast tour.

If that doesn't sound to you like the most important thing the Internet will do today -- well, Mega Ran would probably agree with you. The former teacher, with other members of The Writer's Guild, is organizing a school backpack drive at Club Red for the beginning of August.

(But it might change your mind to know it's a 3DSXL; you can really only understand the scope of his misfortune if you bought the far inferior smaller version, like I did.)

I'd seen Mega Ran perform only nce before he opened for the Protomen this month in Scottsdale, and it was at the Seattle's massive annual video game convention, the Penny Arcade Expo. At PAX, it was no surprise at all to see people respond to his music, which is one of only a few hip-hop oeuvres that demands you have an opinion about whether Final Fantasy VI is better than Final Fantasy VII.

That is, I liked his music a lot, but I couldn't tell how much he was connecting with other people, because he and I and everyone else in town were Nintendo-culture refugees already. At any given moment during PAX 10,000 Nintendo 3DSXLs are lost somewhere on the streets of Seattle, where resourceful grunge bands burn them for warmth.

At Pub Rock, where "Eyes on Me" is somewhat less likely to be on everybody's Zune going in, it was easier to experience the connection he makes through NES songs that might seem like novelties or nostalgia exercises at a glance.

At a venue filled with prog-rocky Protomen fans and 3DS owners who might go out to a show every two years or so, he made an instant connection. He turned up an audience who not only appreciated that he could tease a song with, "This is Mega Man 2, of course," but also felt placated when he added, "In Japan that's Rock Man."

It was a crowd that booed The Big Bang Theory on command.

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1308 W. University Dr., Mesa, AZ

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Thanks guys! I'm calling all over the place trying to work this out. Believe in the power of the internet. 

JohnQ.Public topcommenter

You missed the most important music story of the day:

Stolen Flock of Seagulls van found in S. Calif. but $70,000 worth of equipment is missingBy Associated Press,

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. — A stolen van containing $70,000 worth of equipment belonging to the 1980s band Flock of Seagulls has been found in Southern California — but it was empty.

City News Service reports the truck was found Tuesday night in Santa Fe Springs.

Band frontman Mike Score says the rented van was stolen from a Downey hotel Sunday. The thief might have followed it after the band’s Saturday-night show in Bellflower.

The stolen gear included stage clothing, guitars, drums, a keyboard and computer hard drives containing the songs for Score’s first solo album.

Hotel video recorded the theft, but no arrests have been made.

Flock of Seagulls is best known for its 1982 hit “I Ran (So Far Away).”

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Dan_Moore 1 Like

@JohnQ.Public I just hope there isn't some master criminal out there playing Mega Ran's 3DS while covered in Flock of Seagulls' hairspray. 

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