I admit that sometimes I am really spiteful and mean to my friends. I swear I only do it out of love, and I only do it to those who can take it. If I don’t like you, I pretty much just ignore you. So yes, go on ahead and feel sorry for my husband if you must. The recent victim of my spiteful love has been my podcasting cohort and fellow writer here, Blake Grundman.
Blake is a huge lover of Peggle and pretty much everything pinball. Peggle 2 released last week for Xbox One, a game I know he’s been clamoring for. However, the guy doesn’t have an Xbox One and probably won’t have one for a little while, no matter how much it kills him he can’t play his beloved Peggle.
So what do I do as the super supportive friend that I am? I check to see how many Xbox Points I still have, see I have enough to get the game for free, and then buy it. Just because I can and he can’t.
And I’ve been letting him know just that. I’ve even uploaded a couple of videos I recorded from the Game DVR to show it off specifically to him and show how terrible I am just to twist in the knife a little more.
I might have gotten the game for spite purposes, but I’ve ended up really enjoying it more than I thought I would. I played the first Peggle a little bit. I have in on my computer and iPhone, but I never got very far. Usually by the third Peggle Master I’d stop playing and move on to something else. After only two play sessions of Peggle 2, I’m almost done with the game. It is a little short, but I’ve gone through 4.5 Peggle Masters. I am having that much fun sucking at this game.
I even introduced the game to my eldest son, who now loves watching me play it so much, he asked if he could have it on his iPad. Watching him get so excited every time he hears “Ode to Joy” makes me tingle with glee. All I need is for him to not give up on Super Mario Bros. after dying on the first level and I’ll have unlocked that “Gamer Parent” Achievement.
As I said, I have uploaded a couple of Peggle 2 videos from the Xbox One’s upload feature, which is really a lot of fun to play around with. Here are two incredibly lucky shots I posted to my personal YouTube account. If you see any “thumbs down” on these videos, they’re most likely from Blake.