Let's flash back to 1995. I say the year 1995 as I have no idea when Earthbound crossed my path, but I do know where: Blockbuster Video. I remember clearly seeing the giant box with the giant Final Starman on the box. I know I had read some articles on it in Nintendo Power, but I was the first of my friends to play the game. I flipped through the players giude that came with the rental and put the cartridge into my SNES. The opening sequence revealing with "The War Against Gygas" flashed on the screen, the logo came in, and a twenty year relationship began that day.
Earthbound is one of those few games I play just to re-live every single moment. It's like catching up with one of my best friends. I look forward to every Fuzzy Pickle's moment, catching up with my strange Mr Saturn family, and tripping the expensive boulvard of Summers. There are times that I simply stay in an area just to study the look. During one playthough, I decided to just simply stay in Moonside, looking over the neon landscape and just see if I missed anything from the last playthrough. I even kept one game save at that point. It' just something about evil neon dream that just stuck with me.
I know these thoughts may be a bit rambling and ulitmately Earthbound is what you make of it, but I think that's what the game is to alot of people: It's this super awesome friend we all love and have our own story with. The kind of friend that you meet other friends through and share all with. It's one of the few games I'm still talking about, still smiling about, and still happy about. It goes beyond nostalgia at this point and enters some strange place in my mind that can never leave. This is my friend. #thisisearthbound