My gaming tastes have veered into the eclectic and strange category lately.
I won’t even bore you too far with the details of my recent infatuation with the unlikely tractor porn sim “Farming Simulator 2015” which I pulled off Steam and have been zenning out with on the couch while harvesting virtual crops.
And I won’t dabble in attempting to justify the clutter of dorky mobile gaming titles that are becoming one of the major double-digit percentage battery-drain items on my phone each day, themselves a kind of un-agriculture coin farming experience in the form of building tiny towers or tiny cities or tiny economies of pixelated wonderment.
I won’t tell you too much about that.
I will tell you that I discovered my old Gameboy Pocket in a box in the basement a few weeks ago, dusty and packed together with a small stack of cartridges for such awesome titles as Zelda, Mario (the Super and the Doctor varieties) and a little bit of red-hued Pokemon to boot.
The nice thing about classic consoles, of course, is that a pair of triple A’s later and the little beast works as well as it did the day I bought it from a train station kiosk in Dusseldorf, or some German city, circa my late-nineties European adventure where I learned that dozens of hours on a train without a book or much of a view is only romantic and interesting for about ten minutes. I hadn’t budgeted for buying a video game system on holiday, but I did anyhow.
I popped in some batteries, dusted off the cartridges, and boom… There are no firmware updates or network authentications or accounts to verify. It just works.
And hey, a few of my save games were still kicking around.
Of course, when you sit on the train in late 2014 playing a Gameboy, you’re just another person with a portable device of some kind. The guy who was sitting beside me today was crushing candies on an iPad Mini with more resolution in the corner of the screen covered up by his thumb than there were pixels rendering the entirety of my rehashing of the Adventures of Zelda’s Link.
But then, that game was probably published before he was even born and I was just a middle aged hipster playing with an antique toy on my way to work.