In the wake of Black Friday, Ubisoft have pulled a Sega Saturn with the release of Ode. The joyful game where you create music as you explore the environment as colourful little blob.
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It was Friday night.
For the first time in a long time I had the house to myself. No wife, no friends, no kids. No nappies to change, no dinner to sort.
I whispered it quietly, like this moment was a delicate silence that could break any second:
‘I could… play a video game.’
But something else was different. A feeling I haven’t felt in almost 10 years.
‘I could play… any video game I want.’
Whether it's an RPG that tells a story over dozens of hours, or a strategy game that takes months to master, games are often a considerable time investment. For many people this is central to gaming's appeal: nowhere else in art can you find such complete worlds to lose yourself in or such stern challenges to overcome.