I used to play every videogame that came out. And I mean *every* one. It didn't matter what platform - Nintendo, PlayStation 1, Amiga, Mac, PC - I had some friend who just bought it and I'd go over to their house to see the latest and greatest in videogame technology. Trust me, I've played 'em all, from Pong to Frogger to Castle Wolfenstein 3D to Doom to Quake to F.E.A.R. to Crysis. But somewhere over the past few years, I've fallen off the wagon. First person shooters don't do it for me any more for me. I'm bored with just running around and shooting things, no matter how pretty the scenery is. Instead, I love truly innovative and interesting uses for videogames.( Collapse )
This post is a reminder to myself that videogames can still be beautiful wonderful surprising things. Computers are still in their infancy, so it's a little unfair to judge games against the best in cinema or televsion. Still, here is my list of things that have excited me and shown me the promise of things to come. I love unusual videogames. Some of my favorite ones in years past have been Bad Mojo, Katamari Damacy, Mister Mosquito, Sanitarium, 9, American McGee's Alice, Airball, Parappa the Rapper, and Psychonauts. The hours spent playing those games have really been well-spent in my opinion. I remember the first time I played Myst or Tetris Super Mario Brothers and thought, "OMG, I didn't know videogames could be like *that*!"