Friday, June 14, 2013

The Circle of Life

June 1996 - After their parents emerge from a 17-year slumber, new cicada larvae begins life underground.

Meanwhile, a young Matt enjoys his summer vacation overdosing on video games like Earthbound, Street Fighter Alpha, and whatever else he can get his hands on. His final days of the season are spent hurriedly downloading as many Duke Nukem 3D levels as possible on a 28.8 dialup connection to this “internet” thing, and punching his way through Tekken 2.

June 2013 - After 17 long years, the cicadas see the light of day. An older Matt, dejectedly driving to work, sees his first freshly-hatched cicada. It flies straight into his windshield and explodes. (Uh, sorry about that, little guy.)

Upon returning home, Matt plays Super Street Fighter IV and plans his next playthrough of Earthbound.

The circle of life is complete.