Like many folks, I've got a complicated relationship with pre-game splash screens. On the one hand, I like that series of middleware introductions, publisher logos, and various other graphical preamble that flash across my screen, largely because of how I savor them the first time I'm playing a game that I'm excited about. I watch them roll by, enjoying the build-up to the "start new game" menu, to diving into an entirely new, exciting experience.
But the bloom quickly comes off of the rose, and soon I'm clicking my way through splash screens as fast as I can, cursing at the ones that won't let me get past them. "I know that you use stupid Havoc physics! Stop telling me!"
But one recent splash-screen is so randomly, hilariously great that I watch it every time it comes on. It's for Twisted Pixel's proprietary "Beard Engine," which is used to power their (delightful) new Xbox Kinect game The Gunstringer.