I am terrible at PC games. I don’t know why this is–I cut my teeth playing games on computers and didn’t really pick up a controller until I bought myself a Playstation 1 in 1996. It’s not that I lack proficiency with the games themselves, it’s that I can never finish anything. If you’re wondering why I haven’t written much about the Penumbra series, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, or The Path, it’s because I haven’t finished them and I don’t like to write about games I haven’t finished. I really enjoyed all of those games, and in the case of The Path I actually was almost finished with the game when I decided to start it over again. I just restarted my Amnesia game a few weeks back because my understanding of this genre is woefully incomplete without it.
It doesn’t help that I’m playing on a laptop and most of these games are meant to be played on desks with mice. But that’s hardly an excuse. The real problem is that my computer does so many other things that I become distracted between play sessions and forget to come back to the game. I also do not use Windows, which limits my access to some games (most recently Dear Esther).
Last week my second child was born (hooray!) and I’ve found myself up at strange hours of the night, alone, without much to do. So I’ve been putting some time into Jasper Byrne’s Lone Survivor, which is a 2D, retro-art game that feels more like Silent Hill 2 than just about anything I’ve played. It’s fantastic, and I recommend it wholeheartedly, and I will write about it when I finish it.