Mailbag: October 12, 2019

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, for Mailbag Saturday October 12th. To submit questions or comments of your own, mailbag@thegamingobserver.com.

The last few emails I got were super in-depth with their questions and I greatly appreciate your insight everyone, thanks so much for sending them my way. Today’s questions come from long time listener NCIceman, who says “Do you have Hall of Shame? A list of top rated games that you started but never finished.” He says that he couldn’t stick with Knights of the Old Republic and Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines. My friend you have hit me where it hurts, because the truth is that most of the games in my backlog that I try to get through, I don’t complete. I have an extremely large Hall Of Shame, unfortunately. Here are some of the biggest games that I never had the will to complete: Borderlands 2, Darkest Dungeon, MGS:V, Shadow of Mordor, Owlboy, Pillars of Eternity, The Stick of Truth, This War of Mine, Undertale, The Witcher 3 and let’s end it with every Dark Souls game. This is just the beginning, unfortunately, for some reason my attention span with games that don’t click with me is low. The thing is I really enjoyed most of those games, but something stopped me from hitting play button until the end. As a result of that I have a good idea of a lot games, but a completion of very few. In fact I try really hard to keep a spreadsheet of games that I have completed in order to encourage me to just finish what I’m playing.

Iceman also presents the opposite question here, “Likewise, do you have a list of favourite games of all time that you spent every free minute you could playing it until you finished it.” For him it was lots of Star Wars games, the Thief trilogy, Arkham Asylum, and Dishonored. Looking at my list here I could definitely say that for a few games. Dishonored would actually be one of them, something about that game just sucked me right in. Probably my favourite game of all time would be Hollow Knight, I ignored an absurd amount of responsibilities on that one. Portal 2 would be another one, which I think might be one of the most polished games ever created. And finally, the first season of The Walking Dead. I’m a sucker for good narratives that don’t require a lot of input, so I was a big fan of Telltale. I was pumped when I found out the studio was being revived.

I’d like to throw these questions back to the listeners, I’d be really interested in hearing about this. What major games could you not sit through, and what other games captured your attention so much that you were spending all your time on it. I think these discussions are actually really important, because it reminds us that everyone is entertained differently. Games we love can be hated by others, and that’s perfectly okay. Instead of fighting about it, let’s share it in an exploratory process where we can learn more about what makes video games so great. There’s my inspirational message for the day.

Ok thank you for the questions, mailbag@thegamingobserver.com to submit your own. I’ll be back tomorrow for the Sunday show, and until then…Happy Gaming everyone!

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