By including blood types, the player had at least some indicator of the character's personality, back in an age when developers had about six pixels to convey every possible emotion.
The Count From Sesame Street Is Based On Ancient Vampire Lore
Big Bird, Elmo, Kermit, Bert, Ernie, and a bloodsucking parasite that lives eternally by stealing the lives of its victims. One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn't belong ...
"VONE pile of exsanguinated child corpses, ha ha ha! TWO piles of exsanguinated child corpses, ha ha ha!"
Have you ever wondered why Sesame Street chose to make their number-obsessed character a vampire? Of course you haven't: They clearly modeled Count Von Count on Count Dracula because it's a fun little play on words. He's a count who loves to count!
But wait, preschoolers are just as likely to know the count of Monte Cristo as they are to know Count Dracula, so why choose the vampire? After all, Big Bird is clearly a mad scientist's experiment gone wrong -- a freak struggling to prove his humanity -- but they didn't model him after Frankenstein's monster.
Though Snuffleupagus was inspired by the failed Ripley clones.
Because Sesame Street's Count is actually a reference to ancient vampire lore. You're probably already aware of a vampire's main weaknesses -- crosses, garlic, holy water, mopey and charmless teenage girls -- but the really old stories list another: handfuls of seeds or rice.
See, vampires were believed to be obsessed with numbers, and they couldn't help but count any group of small objects you tossed in their path. Today, we would call behavior like this OCD, but in medieval Eastern Europe, they just called you an unholy monster of the night, staked you, and were done with it.
The Count's counting compulsion now makes complete sense. Honestly, the denizens of Sesame Street constantly throwing numbers at him is probably the only thing staving off a horrific murder spree.
"I vant to suck your blood and then vash my hands 23 times!"
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