N64

The “N” standing not for “Nintendo,” but
“nostalgia machine,” a once fun gaming
system now relegated to the cold
task of recreating epic battles
from childhood memories, a sounding board
for discovering how accomplished your
friends were in their younger days, long before
you ever met, long before you set new
and more abstract goals, life being harder
to quantify than the safe danger of
progressing through the toughest 64-
bit levels, setting high scores, finishing
the game by beating, not being beaten,
surviving, not dying, not a real end.

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