Take a journey with me ... back ... back in time.
Back to when video games were video games ... and controllers had two buttons ... one jumped, one fired ... and that's all you needed.
Remember staying up all night just to beat Mario Bros? Better yet ... remember beating ZELDA? OMIGOD ... the thrill of finding the last Tri-Force piece and saving Princess Zelda?
Now most games (with the exception of Guitar Hero) are a marathon exercise in futility. We've discussed this around the house and it's obviously an age thing.
The girls are completely comfortable with hitting five buttons at once ... opening their inventory while doing a backflip over the enemy while energizing their weapon. Meanwhile, I play the same game and College One ends up spending the evening yelling, "Hit the square ... the pink square ... THE ONE ON YOUR LEFT."
New games (again, with the exception of Guitar Hero) are just too hard for geezers like me. A couple years ago, we bought "Destroy All Humans" for Mr. ThirtyWhat and, like every other game, I could only make it through about the first three levels. I got so frustrated that I finally looked online and got a cheat. People ... even in god mode I couldn't beat the game. Seriously ... GOD MODE. How hard is a game when you can't beat it while being invincible???
But ... all that's changed now.
I give you ... "You Have To Burn The Rope" ... the perfect game ... with the perfect ending. Play it ... and relive the golden days of Mario when you actually got to see the ending of a game.
Be sure you stick around for the song ... the song is what makes it. Afterwards ... maybe watch a video ... or press refresh and start again.
When there's science to do
When I look out there
It makes me glad I'm not you
I've experiments to run
There is research to be done
On the people who are still alive
Jonathan Coulton - Still Alive