This would be the last Summer break for me, and others like me that were taking a 5th year in college.
Kevin and Caleb were gearing up to go to Thailand again. Marty was already working a little bit and getting ready to go back to school to get his credentials. Stu was done with school, but still actively looking for a job. Matt had a free Summer (for once); free from studying abroad or going on medical missions trips. Me? I failed to find an internship before the school year ended, yet I still tried putting my application out there.
This Summer is actually encompassed by one day in particular. It was quite hot, so of course Matt and Stu rode their bikes over to my house to utilize the pool. Stu was tired of applying to jobs, I was tired from finding an internship and Matt was tired from working out everyday, so we just used the day to relax. We didn’t need to be adults quite yet anyway.
We got pruny, so we went inside. Matt and Stu brought out their laptops, while I turned on my desktop. It was around this time that Matt jokingly suggested that we find a game that we could play together. He reminisced on all those times we played the Gauntlet series together. Even pulling some late night sleepovers to enjoy it. I then remembered downloading and playing a cooperative game from Steam a while back. I pointed it out to them, and told them what the game was like. Honestly, I didn’t even sell it very well. After all, this was a game that didn’t excite me enough to want to keep playing then, why would it change now? I figured it would be one of those times where there would be a unanimous “naaaaw” and then move on to the next idea.
That game was Spiral Knights. And as it turns out, I was wrong. They loved the concept so much they began downloading it immediately. The funniest thing happened next:
Not too long after, my brother came home from a long day of work. He was probably slightly annoyed at the fact that he came back to his room (we shared a room) and saw 3 half-naked guys (from swimming) playing computer games. He questioned us on what we’ve done all day as he turned on his own computer. Glancing at our monitors and hearing us out, he got really interested and began downloading Spiral Knights as well. He even told us to wait for him. We spent the remainder of the evening completing some missions together. It was great!
Really, the title of this blog should be “A Summer of Spiral Knights” or “The Adventures of poostu, Maluweee, smhappyguy and gimsh”. This was pretty much what we did for the rest of the Summer. Exercise a little bit, have some fun in the sun and then play Spiral Knights (which we later codenamed “pumping iron” to sound less embarrassing when talking about it in public).
Perhaps more so because it was the last, but this Summer break was easily one of my most favorite. I wouldn’t have traded having an internship for fellowship with friends during those months. Alas, the nights came quicker and Summer came to a close. As school started up and we did our respective things, our digital adventure came to an end.