It took him three months to save the money he needed. Three months of scraping by on two cans of beans a day; three months of suppressing his cravings for alcohol and drugs; three months of begging for overtime; three months of social seclusion; three months of fighting with his girlfriend until she finally left him.

But at last, the day had come. It took him 30 seconds to realize he had played that exact game, minus the graphics, on his old console. He somehow wanted to cry.