This was a real bittersweet episode for me.
Firstly shoutout to Azure for that amazing and poignant rant in the middle of the ep somewhere - wow did they manage to encapsulate everything troubling about the games medium/industry/culture, taking into account both the historical roots of the medium and recent political developments. My jaw kind of dropped as I heard them hit all those points in quick succession in a conversational way.
The bittersweet feeling comes from a more personal place. Hearing, as a newcomer to the IC community, about the history of the site and what was going on in the mid-2000s… it just stirred a real melancholy feeling in me. That was pretty much a games-free period of my life, and for various reasons it’s one I don’t spend much time thinking about these days, but hearing everyone talk about what was going on for them during that period of time, I dunno… I’m being real vague here and I’m sorry, but it just set off a lot of self reflection for me about time passed and opportunities lost, but also what was gained. I’m real happy in my life these days, everything’s coming up Milhouse so to speak. But I imagine an alternate version of my past that allowed for the indulgence of playing games and participating in a community like this, heck, maybe even writing some stuff that people might have liked… ignore these rantings of a silly 40 year old man.