Infexxion is an iPhone game based on the old arcade game Attax. My cousin Carl introduced me to it. There was a cabinet in the lobby of a (surely long-since demolished?) movie theater in what is now a rough part of Lafayette, Louisiana. I forget what we were seeing that night. He played — I didn’t, as I recall. It had a weird, edgy kind of quality to it, like an Exidy game. It’s addictive. The only place I’ve seen it since is Freeplay Arcade in Richardson, Texas, where if you can beat the final “boss” AI, you get a free beer.

One time, just a few weeks after discovering Infexxion, I scored a 40. I’ve been playing that game for over a year now. In all that time, I have never matched or beaten that score.

Not a single time.