Boy, do I miss FuncoLand. I might do an episode on my time in gaming retail in the future, but of the memories that I carry with me from my time there… these games that I mention here are pretty notable.
There were others, too; NFL Blitz and Mortal Kombat 4 (PlayStation versions) were the first games that I had bought when I first started there. I also went on to buy F-Zero X, Rogue Squadron, and Ocarina of Time (all Nintendo 64) during 1998… but I decided to focus on generally lesser-known titles. I added Metal Gear Solid to the mentions because, as I said during the video, I might not have played it or had any interest in it if it hadn’t been for my store manager at the time.
I know that Irritating Stick, South Park, and Star Soldier aren’t the best of games… but their greatness– or lack thereof– isn’t why I have these games in my library. When I play these games, my mind drifts back some 15-16 years. It’s kind of nice, because my life was a lot different then. I was working in my (then-) dream job, surrounded by video games. My personal life was turning around after dark chapters in the death of a close family member and the pain of being cheated on in an intimate relationship that I’d poured everything into. Things were looking up, and these games are my reminders of the upside of life.
My life certainly isn’t bad right now, but I’m much older as I work at getting my degree and finding a career that suits me. It’s a much tougher road to walk when you’re in your 40s than when you’re in your 20s and trying to rebuild.
As my 42nd birthday draws closer (April 22), expect to see a few more episodes that focus on these kinds of relationships between my life and video games. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this episode.