Andrew Magrath (biggrumpy) wrote,
Andrew Magrath
biggrumpy

Basic reading ability is needed to fully enjoy this post

I'm one of those people that read the manuals of everything I own. That includes video games. On the box of Tales of Phantasia appears a mysterious warning (I guess that's what it would be called):

"Basic reading ability is needed to fully enjoy this game."

Since when do we have to label that? Isn't that pretty much a given in, I don't know, LIFE in general? I feel like this is one of those incredible moments that give me pause and make me consider my position in the grand scheme of things. I wonder what kind of a universe where such a label would be required. I ponder the type of god that would allow something like that to happen. I find myself looking to the sky lost in thought, deep thought.

I am constantly looking around for the hidden camera, as if my copy alone was altered to have this miraculous phrase: all of this being an elaborate setup courtesy of someone that knows I fanatically read this stuff, and had the patience to wait till I got around to reading this particular sentence on this particular box. I find myself paranoid that other random boxes have equally strange and metaphysical quandaries hidden away on surfaces I am yet to peruse.

I don't know, I just can't get over this. I've been pondering it for like two weeks now, and it still works its way into my thoughts at odd times. I'll be sitting at dinner and suddenly it will pop into my mind. I'll wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweet, trembling and it will be there waiting for me. The absurdity of it all, the nonsensical nature of reality.

Maybe I'm having a nervous breakdown, but seriously, what does it mean? Why is it there? Why are any of us here? What does it all mean?

"Basic reading ability is needed to fully enjoy this game."
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