The anxiety was swallowing me whole.
I knew it wouldn’t be pleasant. Much less pretty. Anybody who had listened in to our banter knew it all too well.
It was my turn to be challenged in the weekly Podcast. And I knew my colleagues would take much delight in dredging up the sickest, most sadistic and most inappropriate game-related task that their twisted little minds could conceive. Hooboy.
So Matthew Fick laid it bare. He tried to take a game I enjoyed and turn it inwards against me. “List 10 things you hate about Super Meat Boy!“, he said. The steaks (sorry, couldn’t resist) were high on this one: failure to meet the criteria would result in public humiliation. So I lumbered on, like a good little soldier. Or an approximation thereof.
But Mr. Fick was to be foiled, for the task he bestowed upon me did not have the will-bending effect he had anticipated. In fact, I saw his challenge and raised him with not 10 but 11 criticisms levelled at my favourite vein-popping platformer. Let’s take it from the top whilst we all grab our mandatory grains of salt and keep our dictionaries open at the definition of “facetious”.