Me and Trevor are playing something that's already come out. But our minds are elsewhere.
"Are you excited?" I ask while we're playing something else.
"I'm excited about being excited."
"But you're not actually excited?"
"No," he says. We like to think we're jaded. "No, not yet."
It's less than a week away. Five days, to be precise. Maybe less, if we go to one of those midnight sales I'm pretty sure they'll have for a game this big. This is the biggest thing since Doom 3. Or maybe the Burning Crusades expansion for World of Warcraft. No, wait, the Nintendo Wii was bigger. Come to think of it, the Playstation 3 was really big before, you know, it actually came out. I guess the most recent one we were totally psyched for was BioShock. Actually, this one might be bigger than all those. With this game, it's hard to have perspective.
"When will you get excited?"
"Soon. Maybe in a few days. Right now, I'm looking forward to it. Maybe in a few days, I'll be excited. Probably the day before it comes out, I'll be psyched. That night, and waiting to pick it up that day, I'll be totally psyched. Driving it home will be almost unbearable. That's how it works for me: looking forward to it, excited, psyched, totally psyched, unbearable, then - bam! - Halo 3!"
"Yeah, I guess I'm the same way. The totally psyched part is great. The unbearable part is just about traffic getting the fuck out of your way."
"And getting the shrinkwrap off."
"Yeah, the totally psyched part is better than the unbearable part," he agrees. "It's probably better than the actual game is going to be."
"Yeah. Wait, what? Really?"
"Well, okay, not really," he tells us. He pretends to be thoroughly interested in the game we're playing. The one that's already come out. "But still, Halo 3 might not be as good as we're hoping."
"Halo 3? Come on. If ever there was a sure thing."
"There are no guarantees. I mean, it's not like I'm some hardcore Halo fan. I'm still excited. I mean, I loved the beta and all. But still..."
"It's Halo 3! Don't you want to know what happens? There's a story. The earth gets invaded."