I had not expected WALK, LOOK, TALK, ASK, PICKUP, GABRIEL to be anything but my own personal video game journal, though some interest was shown by outside readers. Nonetheless, some aspects of its essence seemed to appeal to others, and because of this, I am thankful. I wish I could play and write about video games much more than I have (or do). Unfortunately, there are only 168 hours in a week, and the time has come to say goodbye to this blog. I am on to new and better things – and in my estimation, more substantive – and I must put my time into these others activities, and sacrifice something. This blog is such a sacrifice.
I hope you all enjoyed yourselves. Keep playing games. Keep thinking about what makes games special. Keep analyzing everything. And don’t ever believe that games are just silly nonsense for children. They are not.
So I just played through the Titan Souls demo. All I can say is this is going to be a challenging game. Wow. So challenging. The music, graphics, and atmosphere are exceptional. I’m very pleased with how everything comes together. I think I will take the game’s advice, when I play through the entire game, and use a game controller rather than my keyboard.
Have you ever had a date that concludes in disaster? You know, the sort that ends with death by fatal wounds, fantastical creatures engulfing an entire restaurant, or meteorological calamities.
If you haven’t, well then you’re in for a treat.
Save the Date is a spurious, humorous, wild, calamitous title. I have not laughed out loud at a game in a long time. However, I have to qualify exactly what I mean. This isn’t a funny game, per se. Rather, Save the Date is a game that takes itself, its medium, as well as its audience and their expectations very lightly. Prepare yourself for layers and layers of meta-humor.
Honestly, I was sad when it was over (though is it ever really over?) because the game left such a warm and indelible impression on me. It was a little gimmicky, but the gimmick was cute; it was aimed at perceiving the experience of playing a game based around decision-making as fleeting, and it took complete liberty in deconstructing the whole event. I found this very refreshing.
If you are wanting to experience a game that you will not quickly forget, play Save the Date, and consider what it means to play a game.
Save the Date is brought to you by Chris Cornell (no, not the lead singer of Soundgarden).