All of us have things that we wish we finished. Those things left undone that haunt us and visit our lingering dreams. My best friend Erich and I shared such a memory – a ghost that needed to be exorcised, Phantasy Star.
This is the greatest RPG game ever created and is the foundation for the great MMPORG revolution. The game was created for the original Sega Master System. With an 8 bit processor and a lot of love, the folks at Sega created a world that would inspire the dreams of children around the world.
The year was 1988. The city was Pittsburgh, PA. Two young boys filled with hope, embarked on a journey that would lead them to conquer dragons, monsters, and creatures of unheard of terror. Unfortunately, these two young boys met with failure by the hand of a foe named Lassic. One of the boys moved away, but the other – knowing that they would be friends for a lifetime – gave him the cartridge to hold for safe keeping.
Fast forward. Twenty years later, the two boys are now men. One is a successful attorney and owner of a rapidly growing artist management firm, the other a defunct social media geek. They reunite in the greater DC metro area. It is another place and another time, but the feeling is still there. The need for closure. In the depths of a closest of one of the boys they find hope – a gateway to the past and a chance to make right. The social media geek had carried around a sega genesis, master system converter, and the cartridge for Phantasy Star – the very same that his friend had given him – for the last 20 years.
The boys were back. But the journey was not without its trials. The Genesis was in need of a part. We swiftly combed the web and ordered an RF-Unit for the Genesis One. The first order was unsuccessful. But the second, well…this weekend, the part came. And this weekend, we spent our time alternating between tours of battle and work on what will undoubtedly be remembered as the greatest intergalactic quest of all time.
We fought and we planned. We struggled against the waning hours of the night to acquire magical items, money, and experience in preparation for our lifetime foe. Minutes turned to hours, hours turned to days. But today, the past and present collided. And in a glorious battle the hard work and dedication culminated in something great.
Today is February 20, 2008. And, we defeated Phantasy Star. 20 years later, we managed to close a chapter of our lives that we remember fondly, but are ready to put behind us. Thank you, Sega – thank you for the adventures. 2008, here I come. Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life.