Okay, Mass Effect 2. I think I’m finally into you. Your combat system isn’t so much growing on me as I’ve learned to just suck it up and deal with you, and your storyline becomes increasingly interesting. I’m glad I decided to return to you this morning.
Speaking of returning to things, Mike and Scott resumed their work on the radio project. All went well, right up to the exact moment it didn’t. Then it wouldn’t do whatever it was supposed to do, and they have no idea why. That sucked, but it did mean that they finally stopped for dinner. For entertainment, we popped in Mike’s Starcade DVD that I tracked down and bought for him for Christmas. Info dump for those who can’t be bothered to click the Wiki link: Starcade was a game show back in 1982-83 that was all about video games.
Mike loved this show, watched it every day, and has talked about it fondly for years. So getting this was a huge deal. It only has five or six episodes on it, but when you consider that those are five or six episodes that he hasn’t seen since, you know, the early 80s, even that number is pretty exciting. We haven’t watched it yet, but apparently tonight was the night.
And … wow. They are very special. Not the fashions so much (though those too are very special, but when you lived through it you get sort of inured), nor the video games, but the prizes! One of the prizes was – are you ready for this? – a portable record player.
I’ll repeat that: a portable record player. Think iPod, but it’s a freaking battery-powered record player with a strap and headphones that is intended for you to use to listen to your vinyl albums while on the go.
Guys. I can’t even begin to fathom how this was supposed to work. Think about the mechanics for a second. I know it has a strap and all, but it’s a needle on a movable arm. Do you constantly have to hold it perpendicular to your body to make it work? How can you even move without having it scratch all over the place? Did some enterprising young urban kid purchase one of these and go jogging with it, thus giving birth to Scratching?
Think I’m making it up? You cannot make this shit up.
And we’re only on the second episode of Starcade. I think this may be the greatest thing in the history of ever.
ETA: Oh! Oh! How could I forget this? Also, I saw footage of the Journey video game. Yes, a video game about 80s arena rock band Journey. IT IS MAGNIFICENT. The thing has little black and white cut-outs of the band members’ heads pasted on generic little pixelated bodies and OH MY GOD. It’s like a fucking JibJab, people. BUT COMPLETELY SERIOUS.
I want more of this show. I need more of this show. What other treasures await me? I MUST KNOW.