gex has always been one of my favourite video game series. the titular gex was a talking gecko, who saved the world of television by jumping, lashing out with his tongue and telling stupid jokes. the first game came out way back in 1994. at the time, i was too busy being a little kid playing hide and seek or whatever to pay it any attention. four years later, the second game came out, and that's when i started playing.
the first time literally blew my mind. it was like i had discovered some sort of magical realm or something. i played for hours, sometimes many times a day. as the years went by, i started hearing rumors about there being a two player mode, which was supposed to be even more awesome. i talked about it with my friends, and every single one of them seemed to agree that the two player mode was the best thing in the world, even the ones who hadn't played it. not wanting to be left out of all the fun, i started looking for my player two.
her name was ----. she was one of the quieter girls in my class. that's why it was a bit of a shock for me when i found out she had played with someone before. because i wasn't much of a player, it took me months to build up courage to ask her to play with me. when i finally did, i'm pretty sure i blacked out, because the next thing i remember is from my house, and she was there with me. we were about to play the two player mode. i don't think i've ever been so nervous in my life.
we started playing, and i died almost immediately. i was embarrassed and wanted to disappear from existence. she laughed, but said it was okay, apparently that happens to a lot of guys who play with someone else for the first time. she wasn't mad or anything, in fact, she wanted to try again. i was more relaxed now, and the tension was gone, so i agreed.
it was awesome. that's really all i can say. way better than playing alone. when we were done, i asked if we could play again soon. she smiled and nodded. and then she was gone. literally gone, she moved away two weeks later. i never saw her again, and thinking about it has always made me a little sad. it didn't stop me from playing though. mostly solo, but still.