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Hedgehogs in shopping carts
It used to be that, for the most part, we had the time of our lives talking about games. You remember the first time you reached dizzying speeds with Sonic; that flurry of scenario, wildlife, yellow rings and blue skies all becoming a moment of pure motion. You remember the first headshot you inflicted, stopping for a split-second to stare in awe and despair at our victim before a few bullets to the back reminded you “kill or be killed” arenas are a bad place for sightseeing. You may remember that first descent into a tube in Mushroom Kingdom, the first time you cheated your back into a fighting game with the second controller, the first time you held a plastic gun and shot polygonal dudes or the peculiar dread of a Zerg Rush. We had the time of our lives because that’s how we lived our lives and because we talked with someone who lived theirs the same way.
Cue videogame globalization and you’re suddenly thrown into a cubbyhole of expression. No one understands you. Sure, you can share these vignettes with people you know; it could just be that some of them understand that “gaming culture” goes beyond wearing some T-Shirt heckling Mario or claiming they were cool because they played Pong. Mostly, you just keep to yourself because there’s something undeniably innocent and childlike to the whole thing, like a first crush that everyone knows you have but are fine without having to hear you talk about “feelings”. Once in a while you slip a reference or two, giggling to yourself for about the two seconds it takes you to realize you’re gonna have to explain that LittleBigPregnant comment to your female and soon-to-be-a-mother co-worker. But how many more times can you link Spinal Tap with that Killer Instinct character before people start avoiding small talk and eye contact with you?
Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing seems to understand you. It knows these dirty little secrets about you. It nods, winks, then presents a singularity point where your youth coalesces into a game about karts and furries.