Since I’m technically in the video game business (again, after some time at Atari in the early 80s writing cartridges), I thought I’d mention what I’m playing now.
1. Slogging through World of Warcraft. Frankly it’s tiresome. It’s a lot more fun playing pick-up groups with other people, but these can take hours and I don’t have the time.
2. I just finished Bioshock. This is the best shooter I’ve played in quite some time, and the plot (yup, there’s an actual plot) is nicely put together. The set of revelations near and at the end of the game go far, far beyond the rather anemic endings I’m used to (yes, I’m talking about you, Quake). The “easy” setting is too easy, “normal” is pretty good, and I’ll try “difficult” next, just to see. The Big Daddies are terrifying. I highly recommend this title (and yes, I “saved” all of the Little Sisters).
3. Crackdown. I get killed a lot, but it’s still a neat game.
4. Project Gotham Racing 2 (yes, 2). Just pure racing fun. Not too hard. I feel like I need to have a wheel controller to play the newer driving games, and I don’t want to shell out for one (or have one around as clutter).
5. Halo 2. With Halo 3 coming out soon I figured I might as well go through the single player campaign. I’d probably get my rear handed to me in online play, but I can’t get it to work, so I’m in no danger there.
6. The original Legend of Zelda (on a DS Lite). It has some warts, but it’s still got some unequalled game play left, even after (guessing:) 20 years.
7. I just started Blue Dragon. Not real sure I like it yet, though the story and the characters are cute. From reviews it looks like it takes a ten hour investment before things get fun, and maybe fifty hours to finish the game. (Hour for entertainment hour, games are an incredible deal over things like movies).
I tried playing the demo of Space Giraffe, but all the swirling colors and flashing lights made me feel sick. Literally ill; I haven’t had this happen since I played the “can’t find any direction called ‘up’ … um, urp!” game Descent II.