Playing: Infamous – Second Son Watching: Breaking Bad Listening to: Elliott Smith
Dear 1998 Adam,
First of all: get rid of that No Doubt album. What the hell are you thinking? Really. No Doubt? You’re better than that.
Good. Now that that’s out of the way I wanted to talk to you about a few things. First off, I’m writing this to you from the year 2014. We’re a 33 year old husband and father. That is something to be incredibly proud of. And no, we did not marry Xena: Warrior Princess. Our wife, Kristy, is amazing though. She is gorgeous, funny, and the most responsible person you will ever meet. Our son, Elliott, is a small ball of dough that makes you more proud than you will ever be of anything in your whole life. Things are great in the life of Adam. Although we are losing our hair… so it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.
I also wanted to get you up to speed on the state of our mutual hobby, video games. Yes, we’re still playing games and we’re still awesome at it. Things are going to change a lot in the next 16 years for games. You’re going to be able to play with people from around the world, control games with your voice and movement of your body, you’ll be able to play games by actually touching things on the screen and making them work with the tips of your fingers, and even play games that continually grow and expand even after you buy them. The future of games is crazy cool. But the reason I’m writing you is because I want you to know one thing: There will never be a better year for games than the one you’re living right now.
Last year you were treated to Final Fantasy 7. The pinnacle of role playing games. I’m sad to tell you that today in 2014, Final Fantasy games are an empty shell of what they used to be. Hironobu Sakaguchi, Nobuo Uematsu and Yoshitaka Amano, the masters of Final Fantasy sadly today have nothing to do with the series that you are currently madly in love with. Enjoy it while it lasts, because pretty soon it’s only going to be a fond memory.
Looking at 1998, you are about to play some of your absolute all-time favorite games. I wish I could relive those experiences. You’re a lucky teenage punk.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Metal Gear Solid, Banjo Kazooie, Resident Evil 2, Xenogears, Need for Speed 3, and perhaps one of your personal favorite games ever, Mega Man Legends. Oh, and you should really make an effort to play Grim Fandango, Suikoden 2and Half-Life as well. You’re gonna regret never doing that.
These are all about to happen for you. You have no idea, and you won’t quite get it until you’re older, that 1998 is the golden age of video games. Sure there will be better games later on and the technology will get better. But there will never be the perfect storm of gaming like you’re about to experience. You’re just never going to feel the magic like you will this year.
So please. Just take the time to really enjoy this year. You’re becoming a man. You’re figuring life out for yourself. There’s still time to stay up late, eat Doritos, spend time living with Mom and John, breathe in the sights and sounds of our childhood home (because that will be gone soon too), and just be young. That’s what this time in your life is for, Adam.
And one more thing before I get back to the future: Don’t get too attached to the Dreamcast.
Older, Smarter Adam