It’s official, September 12th is Video Games Day folks – a day where every game player can look back at the adventures they’ve had in virtual worlds. That’s what they are these days, by the way. The time when video games meant guiding an overweight italian plumber through a side-scrolling realm, avoiding enemies and dying if they don’t make that blind jump to the next platform is over. Now game creators are creating their own breathing worlds which follow their own set of rules just as the real world does.
I’ve had some good times this year. Here’s a few moments that stand out in my memory.
- Playing Borderlands I was following a robot that I thought was leading me to treasure when it stopped abruptly and started dancing right in front of my face. It came as such a shock that I visibly recoiled in my seat which set both Kim and I off laughing for half an hour. After we recovered I set my character in the same place while Kim wasn’t looking and waited for the robot to start dancing again, which set Kim rolling on the floor in tears of laughter. :devil:
- Realising that Mass Effect 2‘s final mission has been set up so that everyone can permanently die during it if the player hasn’t prepared enough beforehand, then leading my crew on a true suicide mission.
- Playing Assassin’s Creed II and realising that every complaint I had about the first game (and there are many) has been dealt with.
- Nightmare difficulty in Alan Wake both living up to it’s name and still being playable and enjoyable.
- The ending to Alan Wake doing it’s best not to tie anything up, but doing so anyway.
- The end to John Marston’s storyline in Red Dead Redemption being the perfect ending to a story like that, before it got ruined by the next chapter.
- Defying the laws of physics in Red Dead Redemption’s Horseshoes minigame by landing balanced on the pole.
- Finally being Batman in Arkham Asylum (which inspired a story that won a competition here).
I just hope the next year brings me as many good memories. As the next games on our list are Fallout: New Vegas and Fable III (both sequels to games that featured heavily on last year’s list) I’m sure it will. I love my hobby.