Well this week turned into something a little different than intended when Riddles’ infamous banner made the first few days explode into madness. The rest of the week just couldn’t live up. Not even the best Scatter Storming in the existence of both storms and scattering. Either way, if nothing else, this theme week exposed that I essentially only talk in Star Fox 64 quotes. I’ll be frank in admitting that there isn’t much of an editorial hidden within the addictively terrible one-liners from that game, but it was interesting to hear Riddles tell me that he didn’t really care for the 7 minutes he played of the title. He panned it for archaic controls and obviously didn’t love it enough to start quoting it daily like I do.
His next point was to accuse me of seeing the game through a thick nostalgia lense. While I’d never deny that nostalgia is a significant part of my love for the game, I also have massive nostalgia for games like Mario Kart 64, and when I return to that game, it simply doesn’t hold up anymore. The same could be said for Pilotwings 64, and Wave Race 64. Still, when I load up Star Fox 64 again, the same pacing is there, the same deceptively deep on-rails strategy is there, and – of course – the one liners are exactly how I remember them. Some quotes are built up and exaggerated to an extreme point to which the original sounds bland and forgettable. It’s strange, but every line in that game is just so quotable, and so memorably articulated that I’m never let down when I play the game again. What’s even more bizarre is that it’s obviously not very good voice acting, but I don’t think I’d have such fond memories of the title or have as much fun replaying it if every moment wasn’t so fucking quotable.
Like I predicted, I don’t have much to say, and therefore haven’t said much in this crater of a Sunday Soapbox, but to make it up to you all, I leave you with the greatest comic ever drawn. Thank you VG Cats.