ENCOM’S SPACE PARANOIDS ANNOUNCMENT OVERSHADOWED BY FLYNN LIVES SUPPORTERS: SAM FLYNN GETS THE LAST WORD
Hundreds of people gathered in Justin Herman Plaza tonight for the unveiling of the crown jewel of Encom’s game titles – Space Paranoids Online.
Encom legend Alan Bradley warmed up the crowd with a trip down memory lane and fond words for the legacy of his close friend, Kevin Flynn. Encom’s most famous game designer’s whereabouts are still unknown and have been for the last 20 years.
In what began as another of the slick, highly produced product rollouts we’ve come to expect from Encom, the night took a turn for the dramatic and bizarre.
A glowing Encom helicopter circled low, buzzing the crowd. As searchlights swept the night skies, a jumper was seen clinging to the chopper rail. Moments later, the crowd gasped as his illuminated form jumped to earth. The crowd watched in awe as his parachute opened and he executed a series of wild swings and loops to a “near impossible” landing just behind the huge digital Encom display. The web exploded with fan video of the event sparking speculation as to the identity of the death-defying jumper.
A web video posted just hours later revealed that the jumper was none other than Kevin Flynn’s now twenty-seven year old son, Sam. He explained that the ‘89’ logo emblazoned on his parachute symbolized the year his father went missing. “That was the year everything changed for me”, said the reclusive heir to the Flynn fortune. A follow-up interview with Alan Bradley revealed that young Flynn indulges in ‘annual shenanigans’ of this variety as one way of reacting to the pressure of following in such famous, but empty footsteps.
Sam was seven when his father disappeared.
Even before the jump, a group of passionate Kevin Flynn supporters wearing t-shirts and carrying homemade signs made their noisy presence known. The spirit of Flynn was alive and well tonight.