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Line Rider

Note that there are many different versions of this game that exist today on several different platforms, but I am here specifically referring to the second Flash version of Line Rider. Gameplay in that version consists of using the mouse to draw lines, on which a little man with a sled, who obeys simulated laws of physics, can ride; the complexity of the track drawn is limited only by the player's own ability and imagination. Additionally, although it is not actually enforced by the game, it is considered a goal by many players to keep the man on his sled throughout the entire course of the track; if he falls off at any point due to being moved around too roughly, then the track is considered a failure.

I believe I learned of this game through YouTube in July or August 2007 (at the very latest, I already knew about it by the time the 2007–2008 school year began), when I was using that site one day and stumbled upon the many videos uploaded to it by other users who had recorded runs of their custom Line Rider tracks. Immediately I was interested, and watched many Line Rider videos before finally heading to a site which hosted a copy of the game and trying it out for myself. After messing around for a bit and becoming acquainted with the game's mechanics, I eventually went through the trouble of designing and drawing my own course, and then recording (using Unregistered HyperCam 2, of course) a run through it in which, I can still remember, the little man did not fall off his sled; I then uploaded this video to my first YouTube account sometime either in August or the very beginning of September 2007. Regrettably, this video has been lost to the ages: that first YouTube account of mine no longer exists, and meanwhile my local copy of the video—which I failed to back up—was lost when I was forced to restore my computer to a pre-installed factory image on my hard drive in the aftermath of a later malware infection.

It wasn't a particularly terrible loss, however: the course itself was not anything truly special or fantastic, since it was only my first real attempt; the video also lacked any music in the background and hence was completely silent and somewhat boring to watch. It was nothing compared to some of the videos I saw on YouTube back then, such as Line Rider - Jagged Peak Adventure, Line Rider Super Mario Bros. 1-1, and TechDawg's videos that he uploaded prior to (and also including) Line Rider - Monumental™ A Line Rider Short by TechDawg, all of which I still look back upon very fondly. Of TechDawg in particular I have much respect and admiration—his tracks always feature incredible artwork, made even more impressive by the fact that they were drawn using only the rudimentary tools available in Line Rider. His tracks, in my opinion, remain unsurpassed, especially the one he recorded in the video LineRider Make Believe A Line Rider Short by TechDawg, which, with its sentimental song and anime artwork, is still my all-time favorite. (If you watch only one of the videos I've linked to here, then watch this one; of all the Line Rider videos I've seen, it by far brings forth within me the strongest feelings of nostalgia for 2007.)

I got bored of the game soon after I recorded the video of my first track, and afterwards I never returned to seriously playing it again. I would still occasionally watch Line Rider videos on YouTube, though (including TechDawg's), and I also recall seeing McDonald's commercials featuring the game later on in 2008, but today I remember it primarily as a Flash game I played intensively during the second half of my summer break from school back in 2007.


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