Middle-Aged Writer Finally Tries Gaming

Nicholas Baker, author of Double Fold and a self-described "nontheistic Quaker", is not a gamer. Before this past fall, he had never touched a video game controller until this past fall.

His 16-year-old is a gamer, and in the latest issue of The New Yorker, Baker attempts to connect with video gaming's appeal.

The writer played Halo 3: ODST, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed II, Left 4 Dead 2, Mass Effect 2 and Heavy Rain, among other titles. Baker doesn't dispute whether games are art or not, and he was able to draw a connection with his own childhood spent watching The Rifleman and the appeal of video games.

"The desire that it seems video game designers have to really pay homage to the real world thrills me," Baker says in The New Yorker podcast, "because it is very similar to my own desire to describe something in words."

Games aren't easy. They require an investment of time and patience. They speak a language of their own. The most refreshing thing is that Baker didn't invest that time and didn't learn the lingo to judge, but in hopes of understanding and ultimately appreciating.

Check out the podcast in the link below.

A Podcast with Nicholson Baker : The New Yorker [The New Yorker Thanks, John!][Pic]


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    "Before this past fall, he had never touched a video game controller until this past fall."
    Haha.

      Hey, around here we're not the New Yorker around here :-D

      I admit, that drew me in. But it was a very interesting listen, thanks ;)

    "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed II, Left 4 Dead 2, Mass Effect 2"

    He uh.. might wanna try starting at the begining with some of those games. That's kind of like getting into movies and watching Matrix 2, Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers and Empire strikes back.

      Depends on the game. Haven't played Uncharted, but of the other, only Mass Effect 2 probably needs the first one to be appreciated properly.

      MW2 is about gameplay, not the story. Assassin's Creed II does continue from the first game, but the main story, the of Ezio is not connected to the first game. Left 4 Dead 2? :) Anyways, the biggest point I guess is that in all of these cases, except for MW2 the game is better than the original in such a significant way that it's generally a better place to start.

      Of course that's just my 2c. :)

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