Updated: Jan 3, 2019
DISCLAIMER: This story will have graphic imagery. If you are squeamish, I highly recommend not reading any further.
"Oh dear god."
That was my first thought on realizing I would have to fight "Red," the creature that tormented me through nearly the whole game. How would I be able to fight something that can kill with one touch? It seemed totally impossible.
Thankfully, Red was no longer able to deliver one hit kills. Despite that, this was still the most difficult battle I've ever faced, in this game or otherwise. If I had any real comprehension of what I was getting into before I started the fight, I would never have done it.
I very soon learned what a horrible mistake I made. Red reached out and clawed at Godzilla. And when those claws cut through him, I felt it.
I know it's common for people to cringe up when their favorite video game character gets hit or loses a life. This, however, was not that. This was genuine, physical pain.
When the pain struck me I paused the game. I hadn't suffered any actual injuries, but it felt like my shoulder had been clawed through. I had seen and experienced many unpleasant things at this point, but the game causing me real pain was where I drew the line. Yes, I would be disappointed that I wouldn't get to see the ending, but the risk was no longer worth it. I was about to get up to take one last screenshot and turn off the NES, when I realized something else...
...I couldn't get up.
I was paralyzed to my seat. The only muscles I could move were my fingers and thumbs. As the terror set in, a new message appeared.
I started to scream, but only a weak choking sound was coming out. I desperately tried to get my body to move, but it did nothing. I was looking in every direction and then I looked over at my computer.
Somehow, the computer was taking screenshots of the game on its own when I began the fight. I still don't know how or why. Something in the game must have been causing it.
Since Red could hear what I was saying, I tried begging for him to let me go. From here, things start to get hazy as I was under extreme stress at the time. From what I can remember I said, "I'm sorry! I'm sorry I insulted you! I didn't mean it! I didn't know things would get this serious! Please, just let me go! If you let me go, I promise I will never tell anyone or turn the game on ever again! PLEASE!"
And Red replied:
"Only one will survive."
That statement could not be any more clear. If I couldn't kill Red, then he will kill ME. Like an idiot, I played around with something I didn't understand and now it may cost me my life.
I stopped struggling to move and accepted the reality of the situation. There was only one way to get out of this alive. I had to kill Red.
All of it went by so fast. If it were not for the screenshots, I might not have remembered any of this. Just like in the chase levels, Red moved at a horrifyingly fast speed. There was barely enough time to process a thought.