Something that we used to do as kids to pass the time and use our imagination would be to “act out” some of our favorite movies, usually by picking a character or two to say the lines with whenever they happened to be on the screen. One time, we had the brilliant idea to use my old camcorder and act out the Star Fox Adventures video game from the GameCube. Considering that came out in 2002, I was probably twelve or so and Rachel was around nine, which is not as young as I thought we’d be and that realization makes me feel just a bit more ridiculous about this, haha!
Oh, really? I didn’t realize we were that old either. We were pretty ridiculous, huh? But hey, we had a lot of fun. We ended up being in our living room, setting up the camera on the rocking chair balanced on top of books. I remember it took us quite awhile to set it up and makes sure our heads weren’t being cut off.
How long did it take us to realize that our heads weren’t in the shot? At one point, our older sister saw what we were doing and offered to help, but that didn’t last too long as she was old enough to realize how ridiculous we were and abandoned her post as the cameraman. I don’t know what we were planning on doing with these tapes after, either. They were not quality videos. But, yeah, we did have fun for an afternoon.
It was nighttime when we did it. At least, it lasted into the night. Lisa was kind enough to help us for a bit, yeah. She thought it was dumb but we did have a lot of laughs. Kris played Fox and I played everyone else. As we tended to do when we used our imaginations.
Hey, being the middle child, I was always forced to play “everyone else” whenever Lisa and I were playing, so when you came along, I figured it was my turn to be “the main character,” haha! Honestly, it was mostly just us reciting the very beginning of the game’s story. I recall you being annoying as Tricky, mimicking his idle animations in the background whenever I was trying to talk as Fox.
Yes, I know. I wasn’t complaining. We had good times. Also, we did only make it through the “beginning” of the game – meaning, the first cutscene with Tricky and his mother. We couldn’t get much farther than that because we kept goofing off too much or just felt like we weren’t getting it right. As for the annoying part, I do remember watching the tape back with you as Fox narrating and I’m sitting in the background as Tricky and I was singing. You glared right at the camera and said, “Shut. Up. Tricky.”
Ah, yes, that was my favorite line. It’s funny, actually. Back then, it would still be three years until the launch of YouTube and almost ten years before Twitch. We went from creating ridiculous home movies based on video games to actually streaming video games with face cams in order to chat and relax with friends from all over the world. It’s kind of amazing.
It is funny how the tables seem to have turned, huh? Especially since we thought YouTube was the dumbest thing when it first came out! Our thoughts on that certainly have changed… though, I suppose, that’s another blog post for another day.