I remember playing what I thought was a demo of Strife I downloaded from AOL. Once I beat it, I knew I had to have the full game. Was obsessed. Saved EVERY single lawn mowing paycheck until I finally had enough, then begged my parents to drive me to Babbages. We lived in Radcliff, Kentucky and Babbages was in Louisville, about an hour away.
We made the trip, I got my copy of the game in that glorious green box, and as soon as I got home I installed it and marathoned it.
And realized that the game I had downloaded from AOL was the entire thing, and I had already experienced the entire game.
That disappointment was fierce, but in the end I am glad I paid for the enjoyment it brought. Such a great game
edit: watched a good bit of Strife today at PAX, looks interesting enough to give the open beta a try. downloading now
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