Most of you by now have seen Judd Apatow’s masterpiece Freaks and Geeks. For those that haven’t, Freaks and Geeks was a shamefully short-lived comedy/drama that originally aired on NBC in 1999. Due to some poor ratings, only 18 episodes were ever produced. If asked to to describe Freaks and Geeks in a nutshell, it was a show about “the other” people in high school. It was a show about the kids that sat in the back of class day dreaming about Dungeons and Dragons, comedy records, and having the ultimate drum kit. Freaks and Geeks was also one of the most realistic depictions of youth that I’ve ever seen on a television series. If you haven’t seen Freaks and Geeks for one reason or another, by all means seek it out.
The clip below nearly made me tear up when I first saw it many years ago. You see Bill and I were a lot alike in high school. Just like Bill, I was a “latch-key kid” and would often come home to an empty house. Also like Bill, I was allergic to most everything, including nuts. And finally, seeing someone so damn happy to eat a grilled cheese just brought me joy.
In reality this isn’t just a victory for IGTM, but for game lovers everywhere, as raising awareness of the trials and tribulations of game creation only serves to increase the respect and legitimacy of the craft.