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When I was a kid, all I wanted was for my dad to play Mario together with me. I remember nagging him for hours about it until he finally put down his book or whatever it was he was doing, sighed theatrically and begrudgingly played a round or two of that kinda stupid versus mode from the original games. Needless to say, I destroyed him pretty much every time.

But, even as a kid, I had a vague notion that video games were something kids and nerds did and real adults did things like go to work, cook food for kids on demand and make weird, embarrassing noises behind closed doors with other adults. And thus, as much I enjoyed playing games with Dad, if I had ever discovered that my old man had been stashing an insanely detailed set of handwritten notes serving as a strategy guide for his favorite Japanese RPG, I would have been the first to call him a nerd and give him a huge power wedgie and a swirly for being such a poindexter.

But that’s exactly what this Japanese gamer discovered when he stumbled upon his grandpa’s handwritten Dragon Quest 5 strategy notes.

The notes go into crazy amounts of detail, listing types of monsters, sub-monsters within that type, the items they drop, and more. It even notes how the guy’s grandfather has raised up his team and records story elements.

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It’s unclear which of the many iterations of Dragon Quest 5 the guy’s intrepid granddad was playing when he wrote this – given that there are at least three remakes since the original Super Nintendo version was released in 1992 – but we’re going to go out on a limb and assume gramps was playing the original Super Nintendo, or rather Super Famicom, version. That would explain the handwritten notes and all that.

The Twitter user says his grandfather was a wiz at note-taking – the result of his post in the war (we presume WWII) at a meteorological observatory. Think about that: where would you rather get your video game strategy information? From a dude sitting in an office, halfheartedly doing what amounts to data entry? Or the lovingly handwritten notes of a person who has actually participated in a real, live war?

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Respect, Gramps.

Source: Hamster Sokuhou
Photos: Twitter