This is more about any game, or movie, or comic, or album, or TV show or pretty much anything you used to enjoy a long time ago, and the feeling you get when you initially rediscover it.
Over the holidays I finally had a chance to clean up some of my man cave, which currently features a giant pile – a six foot high pile of video games, just dumped in the middle of the room. I’d been meaning to sort it out for a while now, and boy, going through it I went through the same conversations in my head that you see in the comic like a million times over. But c’mon, am I really ever going to play Chicken Run on the Dreamcast again?!
Originally this Quake comic was going to be about the day the QTest demo came out. I stayed up late to grab it on my trusty (rusty) 56k modem and played the living crap out of it for a few hours. It was pretty freaking awesome, and having to use the mouse to look around was a new way to travel for me, and it looked lovely, and it had ONLINE MULTIPLAYER WOW HOW DOES THAT EVEN WORK MAGIC I GUESS.
I was about to go to sleep when the phone rang, and an editor I freelanced for was on the phone asking me what I thought of it.
“How…how did you know I was even playing it?”
“Well, you’re the only writer I have that actually likes video games, so I just assumed”
He then asked me if I’ve played enough of it to talk about it on the national radio show he hosted. I said yes. (Freelancing tip: ALWAYS SAY YES ALWAYS) It was then that I realised that he meant I would be talking about it right then and I had been awake for 36 hours and I had absolutely nothing actually of any value to say, beyond HOLY CRAP THAT’S GREAT I LIKE SHOOTING DOGS WITH A NAIL GUN which in retrospect is not a great thing to say ever, regardless of context.