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Video Games?

Friday, January 9th, 2009

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I’m a fake gamer. Although there’s a few games I enjoy (w.o.w.?) I don’t keep up with video games, I don’t have any of the current-generation consoles, I only read ‘Game Informer’ for when they slam a bad game with their sharp, funny wit… no matter how you slice it, I just seem to have fallen out of the gaming world. So much so that I really didn’t realize what was considered normal in games anymore — I mean, I’m a guy whose favorite game on earth is “Chrono Trigger.” But this week, I’ve been watching my friend play through ‘Fallout 3.”

I haven’t played a lick of it myself, but I was so sucked into just watching this game, it was amazing. It felt like I was in the world of Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series… the desolation, the barren wastes of land, the mutations, the guns, etc. It did such an amazing job of world-building that I didn’t even have to play the game to be sucked into it. I was staring in awe at the ruined landscapes, and scared to the point of jumping in my seat when a ghoul leapt from behind a corner.

I also enjoyed the non-linearness of it. You could follow the story, or not. Thats certainly not a new idea at all, but the amount of variety, and the way the story changes according to how you act is amazing.

I don’t know if a game that good is considered normal these days, or if it’s just head and shoulders above the rest, but I’m impressed.  It’s almost enough to get me back into gaming…

…almost…