Cliff Bleszinski will debut new game on Jimmy Fallon next week

Exciting gaming news, ladies and germs! (That’s the extent of my April Fooling.) Cliff Bleszinski will debut Epic Games’ new game on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon next Thursday. There are zero details beyond that, I’m afraid.

Since there are, again, zero details beyond that fact—that Cliff Bleszinski will go on Jimmy Fallon to show off Epic’s new game, presumably a shooter (thought I hope it’s a JRPG)—I’ll use this moment to tell a little anecdote.

It was the fall of 2006. I was a junior in college, and we were all buzzing over the results of the mid-term elections. John Cena was the WWE Champion (the more things change…), and Ruud van Nistelrooy was wowing Spain in the white of Real Madrid. Gears of War was about to come out.

I went to some sort of Microsoft event, for the Zune. It was the usual “press event”: sliders and other assorted finger foods, and plenty of cheap beer to drink. That was great because I was underage at the time. (World: In the U.S., you have to be 21-years-old to drink a beer.) I was wearing this very shirt—I liked ironic shirts at the time.

So, as I was looking at the Zunes, thinking to myself, “Well, this is pretty janky” (the Zune HD is zillions of times better than the first Zune model), guess who I see out of the corner of my eye? Yes, CliffyB! (For whatever reason, Bleszinski referred to himself as “CliffyB” back then.)

At least I think it was him. I was too star-stuck to even say hi. For all I know, it could have been a nice young lady who had the same haircut.

That’s the story. At a Microsoft event nearly four years ago, I think I saw Cliff Bleszinski.

It is, in fact, a slow news day.