I think I mentioned it the other day, but I have been working on Cave Story again. I did want to try hard mode on the Steam version but I find myself playing the old OS X port. That is fine. It is still great fun. I am trying to remember when I played it first. I want to say late 2004 or early 2005. My Japanese was not that great and I was working through the English patch at first, but eventually I gave it a shot in Japanese.
That was pretty rad. Doing it again now is even more so. I feel like I have said this so many times this year, but it really is outstanding how much you can feel like you “”know”” a game because you played it and beat it. And yet. You go back. You play it again. You think you cannot “play it again for the first time”.
Then in so many little ways, you do.