Today I was a soldier. A rally driver. A Jedi. A military commander.
It’s been a while since I’ve played LAN games with friends. I was glad for James’ invitation, and I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity. But it is a little daunting, as rusty as I am.
In most games I managed not to come last. And in some I came very close to the top. And regardless, it was a lot of fun, win or lose. But a few of the games did make me feel insufficiently familiar with the controls.
My Jedi at times looked more like a raver waving glow-sticks around than a fearsome warrior bent on destruction. I had a bit more luck wielding the various guns and cannons, but they mostly seemed to get deflected by the light sabres of my opponents. I had a bit more luck with the explosives, until I inevitable got force-choked and tossed off the edge of a cliff.
Most of my Flat Out muscle-memory was still intact. I didn’t really remember much about the vehicles, so I think a few of my choices were less than ideal.
However, when it comes to Command and Conquer I really don’t know what I am doing. I started building quickly, but I don’t think they were the right buildings at all. I gained a lot of ground early on, but my first encounter with the enemy resulted in a steady counter-offensive that quickly wiped me off the map. I either need to practice for next time, or just admit that it’s going to be my Achilles heel.
You know you’re having fun when the clock just seems to leap by hours rather than minutes. In no time 6 hours had passed.
I would have stayed later, but I have a few more things to do tonight and then an early morning tomorrow. Next time I need to plan a little better ahead.
And I should bring Callan along.
I think Counter Strike with him in the mix would be an interesting experience for everyone I met today. Probably not an experience they’ll want to repeat a second time, but it’s just one of those things you have to go through once to realise how close to the foot of the mountain you still are.
Time for Other Important Things!