Having another crack at Heavy Rain. I'll give it this much, it's certainly unlike anything else I've ever played but to be honest, once the novelty of being able to make this dude take a piss in pretty much every scene he's in wears off the frustration of not being able to make him CALL THE POLICE is massive.
For a game that leans so heavily on story to keep you playing it could have used another 20 or 30 rewrites.
YOU LOSE AGAIN, STORYTELLING IN video games.
Still, digital pissing.
I'm not 100% sure what the first ever video game toilet I encountered was (probably Jet Set Willy. Or How To Be A Complete Bastard, that would definitely have had a toilet in it) but Red Dead Redemption is almost certainly the first time I've ever encountered an in game arc of piss. Feels like I rarely play a game that doesn't feature at least one toilet in it, nice to see this one get some use. More so than my actual toilet probably, given that my sick old arse refuses to let anything go these days.
Anyway, modern video games are fucking OBSESSED with toilets. They are everywhere. I saw this bad boy less than five minutes into Rage.
Just the other day I was playing the latest Deus Ex, a game about "the ethics of transhumanism, of humanity's reach exceeding its grasp" and was faced with this:
Mostly though I never in my life thought I'd live long enough to see, nor did I particularly ever want to see where Link has a shit.
Some poor fucker has to build all these digital bogs.
Michael J Dolan is a stand up comedian who plays games more than he works. You can see more of his stuff at Dress to Depress.
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