Have you ever wondered what the subreddit “ShittyBattleStations,” hammerhead sharks, and the Internet have in common?
Yeah, me neither.
But I recently discovered that the three seemingly unconnected entities all stretch my sense of nostalgia.
ShittyBattleStations is a subreddit where people share photographs of their gaming environments. Imagine bad camera angles of a bean bag chair, milk crate, high-powered computer, and a gallon of water.
It’s a place for snapshots of a subculture interested in avoiding the complex world — a subculture that reminds me of my own sad attempts as an adolescent to master Donkey Kong, since people scared the daylights out of me.
And I’ve been a fan of hammerhead sharks ever since Momaw Nadon’s cameo in the original Star Wars.
The Internet? Well, in the beginning, only a select few were entertained by slow-loading, grainy information and pixelated images. I stood aloof, fearful.
“You mean, like, I could talk to a stranger in Singapore?”
“I do believe that is terrible.”
It’s safe to say I’ve gotten over that anxiety, but a recent development has caused some of it to reemerge …