In 2002 Max Payne provided an answer to that most burning of video game questions: what do the goons do with their free time when you’re not around? Turns out, they’re not so different than you or I: they sit around in their flats and watch TV. Worse still for your killer conscience, they have pretty good taste in original programming.

That moment of revelation comes during one of the absolute highlights in 2001’s Max Payne. He bursts into a modest New York living space, shooting everyone inside while diving awkwardly into the furniture, as is his wont. With the occupants silenced, the only sound in the apartment comes from an old cathode ray tube TV propped up on a dirty mattress. The show it’s playing is called Address Unknown, and to gaze upon it is to go mad.

A man walks between red curtains. There’s a flamingo on the screen, announcing that “mirrors are much more fun than television” in that reversed dialogue effect that’s instantly reminiscent of Twin Peaks. The curtains are an even more obvious nod, as is the idea of a doppelganger: “It’s not me talking to the Pink Flamingo,” says the voiceover, “but someone who looks the part down to the finest detail, except that he’s evil.” Laura Palmer’s double in the Red Room would be nodding approvingly. In reverse.

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