September 26th, 2005


Friends Forever

It's amazing how fast a relationship can turn around.  One minute you're running terrified into the distance, plagued by nightmares, the next you're leaping to their protection, aghast that they could be in danger.

I'm talking, of course, about the Antlions in Half Life 2.

One minute they're terrifying insectile monsters, the next they're your friends, accompanying you into hideous danger, leaping to your defence and being mown down in their dozens.

I was freaked out for a bit as they followed me around, chittering to themselves, their wings buzzing.  I felt creeped out by their proximity, and every time I caught one out of the corner of my eye I flinched.

But 5 minutes later I'm leading them into combat for the third time, and already I'm being tactical, trying to keep them from harm.

By 5 minutes after that I feel like their CO - my boys are going into combat with me, and woe betide anyone who gets in our way!