We were on a band trip to Washington DC. We were allowed free time to do whatever we wanted for 12 hours, so instead of visiting the monuments that night, me and my friend Danny went Downtown to the nearby carnival. After what appeared like seconds, we were already heading back to the hotel. But one thing caught my eye in an alleyway: an arcade machine.
The arcade machine was just sitting there, and strangely it was on. I checked around it, and noticed it wasn’t plugged in anywhere. Before I could tell my friend to just ignore it and move on, Danny threw in a quarter and started playing it.
“Soul Calibur 3!?” He screamed out. I kept telling him to leave, but he was already “plugged in” to the game. It wasn’t long before he told me to just go on without him while he played. I was a bit worried, but what the hell: it was a game.
The next morning, I noticed Danny wasn’t back. I asked around the band crew, but they didn’t know where he was either.
“He’s probably still playing that arcade machine…” I pondered. I went back there later to see, but he wasn’t there! Just the arcade machine… It was still on… I was exhausted of looking for him, so I decided to pop a quarter in and play a round of Soul Calibur 3. The character selection screen came on and I checked out the plethora of characters. Maxi, Kilik, Ivy… heck, even Link (though strangely he is only in Soul Calibur 2). After scrolling through many characters, one caught my eye: A woman (Pyrrha) with the name D.N: Danny’s initials…
I stopped, shuttered, grew cold. The initials were just glaring at me. before i could walk away from the machine, the time was up and D.N. was chosen. The round began. Yoshimitzu vs. D.N. popped up on the screen. I walked back up to the game to notice the cinematic of background images and the characters saying their catchphrases/ taunts. As soon as the announcer yelled FIGHT, the round instantly ended, and D.N. danced around on the screen, being labeled the winner. 2 rounds later, the rounds kept being won without me even touching the buttons, nor the joystick. Round after round of instant winning, I grew tired of watching this glitch. Suddenly the boss round came on. This should be interesting.
Of course, the boss fight was an instant win! After the cutscenes were over, the credits started playing. But the credits stopped suddenly. I looked at the screen, confused. Then a message came on saying “We’re sorry, but the game has hit an error. Please go away before-” BOOM! the screen turned off after glitching a lot, and the screen tearing, fuzz, and color bars. I was shocked. What happened to D.N?
I collapsed to the ground of the dark cold alleyway, confused and scared. The screen came back on and the usual game cinematics were playing. I stared at the screen for a little bit, to notice the high scores list. There were many initials, but only one, which was at the top: D.N
Credit To – Curtis Gregory