It has taken about 24 hours for me to entirely change my opinion on Pokémon Go. I initially resisted the temptation to download it, telling myself that I was above the ‘cleverly designed but ultimately pointless reward system that Pokémon is based on’ because I am a dickhead. A dickhead who is determined to not have any fun ever.
I think you would like Empire Earth. It’s a computer game that was released in 2001, when I was 7 years old. Empire Earth is a real-time history-based strategy game. Or in normal words: it’s a game where you’re a military dictator. You can tell your citizens to mine, farm, etc. and you can use the resources they gather to build things, fighty things, because there are other military dictators who do not like you. I spent far too long playing Empire Earth yesterday. So long that I have a sneaking suspicion that the hours played may well be in double figures, a thought which scares, upsets, and intrigues me.
I recommend the game Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords to anyone disappointed by the complete lack of storyline in the new Star Wars Battlefront game. That’s not me being sarcastic; Battlefront, the sequel to Battlefront 2 (named in the same confusing fashion as the Xbox One), has no single-player campaign. Which makes me sad.
I recommend the podcast A Life Well Wasted to Rob. The show documents the culture surrounding gaming and the fascinating stories of the people who both make and play them. It treats videogames as the unique and idiosyncratic art form that they are.
I recommend the Half-Life subreddit to anyone who likes MS Paint drawings. After I posted my recommendation of Half-Life 2 under the caption ‘Fan-art’, there was a sudden proliferation of similar paint drawings of characters from the games.
This baffled and amused me, and I have compiled them in the pictures accompanying this post. Not everyone was so keen though. Some people who like Half-Life don’t really like MS Paint drawings, which is understandable. There was a brief comparison to a man called Jon Tron, who I don’t think I recommend. He is primarily a youtuber, and I am always wary of them. I only really like Owen Jones, Every Frame a Painting, and Luke Smith.
Half-Life 2 is one of those games that you hear a lot about (if you’re a loser like me. Which Parny is and, chances are if you’re reading this, you are too.) Mainly, you hear that there’s a constant, long-standing, undying desire for Half-Life 3. From this, you glean that 2 must be something special. It’s got a similar reputation and level of reverence as Ocarina of Time. Anything that’s this over-hyped tends to be a letdown, which is why I am attempting to give myself Star Wars Amnesia. Anyway, H2 lives up to its reputation.
I think that Ollie would like the videogame Fallout 3. I like it. After owning it for four years but never playing it, I finally gave it a go a couple of months back. I have since racked up an amount of hours that I am frankly too embarrassed to publish here. Writing about the upcoming Fallout 4 has me even more enthusiastic about the post-apocalyptic RPG series, so here’s why it’s great: