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This may become the first in a series of complaints about video games. I've got some vacation ahead of me and thought I'd like to get a new game to play. So I downloaded a half dozen or so demos and started playing. An afternoon of playing generated notes for a half-dozen or rants.
The only game I've played so far that I hold nothing against is Psychonauts, which looks very cool. It did need a patch, but it Just Worked, and was fun.
If you're really bored and want to see some more of my anger at video games right now, you can read my savaging of Medal of Honor: Rising Sun.
Damn Anchorhead was good. It ruined mediocre IF for me, though. My only complaint was that some of the (you die) endings could have been longer or more detailed.
Oddly enough, Eva and I had the same experience. We were playing game after game. Then we hit Anchorhead. After Anchorhead it was kinda hard to get excited about other IF again. Anchorhead was just so good.
My complaint was the lunatic in the asylum. The solution seemed deeply none-obvious to me. Still, a brilliant game. It got horror right in a way that Lurking Horror failed.
The only other game I liked as much was "Slouching Toward Bedlam."
I'm trying to build up enthusiasm for something new. (New to me.) I'm thinking Curses. I gather it's really old school, but apparently really really good old school.
(Do titles of video games get italicized like titles of movies, magazines, and books? If a given game is really short, is it put in quotation marks like a short story? *eh*)
I loved Slouching Toward Bedlam, but I played it before Anchorhead, so I don't know if I would have enjoyed it quite as much if it'd been the other way around.
I have Curses on my palm, I'll have to try it.
I'm playing Anchorhead as I write. I haven't played an IF game for a while now, but after a couple of hours I remembered most of the commands you can do and have gotten past the first day. Makes me long to write one again.
Are there any good sources out there really detailing what horror is?
Here is a collection of links of which there are some great ones on horror writing.