And this is something that I am truly ashamed at admitting. I am very familiar with the game, having become highly interested in it and the other works of mastermind Tetsuya Mizuguchi when I discovered them, but unfortunately, by the time that I did, Rez's time was long since past and I wasn't particularly interested in paying an exorbitant fee to buy a copy of the exceedingly rare game.
When I started at GameSpot and discovered that we had a house copy of Rez, I snatched up the game box (the special edition one with the Trance Vibrator, still enshrouded in its velvet casing as God only knows where that's been--Alex's pants, perhaps?) and put it on my desk. I'll admit it was a tad bit for some gamer cred, but mostly because it was something that I'd always wanted to own, but never did. I never did play it though (mostly 'cause I didn't find the game disc), and when I learned that an HD version was coming out on XBLA, I decided that I would wait to play that version.
Well, today was that day for me--I got to play Rez for the first time. On the final level. With Tetsuya Mizuguchi sitting right next to me. I'm pretty sure that I died in record time, much to everyone's disappointment, especially my own. He's a great guy though and took it in stride, and we all joked about how we'd just pretend it didn't happen.
He showed me how he likes to play with Trance Vibrator support (mind out of the gutter! He puts the controller under the ball of his right foot) and did a quick run-through of Level 2, in which he tried to pass the controller off to me again but I politely declined. He ended up dying at the boss, something he attributed to jet lag, but of course I have no room to judge: I failed almost instantly at perhaps his most famous game because I had never played it before. Needless to say I was a tad bit embarrassed having met one of my idols in such a way, and confessed to having never played it. I suppose I should be lucky that he didn't simply frown and dismiss me from his presence.
He was on a tight schedule though and had to leave, but I did manage to secure the one thing from him that I had desired most, beyond the opportunity to bask in his presence to see if I couldn't somehow absorb some of his genius through close proximity:
Yay, I'm one signature closer to my goal of getting all of my heroes' (the ones who have developed for the Nintendo DS, at least) signatures on my DS! In case you're wondering, the silver sig on the right is from Mr. Castlevania, Koji Igarashi.