Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Cut the Red Tape

Bureaucracy is done and dusted. It was an interesting game, but I find it harder and harder to get back into old (or new) IF games nowadays. I'm a words person, so I *should* like reading games made of words, but I kind of feel like when I want words I'll read a book; when I want a game I want to play. I suppose the 'interactive' bit should be what sets this apart, but these games usually only have one 'true' narrative arc anyway, so your interaction doesn't really affect the story that you're reading. All you can do is make a mistake and end the story prematurely and then go back and try and read/play it again. It doesn't feel satisfying to me. Now this is definitely a recent thing - I used to love text adventures back in the beeb days - so I don't know if it's just because IF games don't lend themselves very well to short bursts of play, they require you to play slowly and be invested, or because my brain's moved into a more flighty adult mode. Anyway, whatever it is, I just don't seem to have the patience for them like I used to. This game in particular doesn't help that feeling. This is a game that's designed to frustrate you, it's all about getting annoyed with the illogical bureaucratic system and trying to cut through it, but going face to face with illogical bureaucracy isn't really something that I want more of in my life! There are deliberately arcane forms to fill in, people that you have to talk to multiple times to get the answers you need, rings that you need to run around in order to get anywhere, locations that will become inaccessible to you at random intervals. These kinds of things just aren't that fun...they're not meant to be. It reminds me a bit of when the Spellcasting games decided they really did want to be college simulators...I play games to get away from that kind of thing. Anyway, time to move on.

Next up on the randometer is...Suspect! It's another Infocom text adventure, and this time you have a limited time in order to solve it. Eek, not exactly what I wanted next! doesn't work. There are files missing from the zip so there's nothing to run. Have to admit, I feel a little bit relieved. So, next up on the randometer is...Log!cal (yes, with an exclamation mark in the middle). It's a puzzle game where you have to arrange balls into groups of four. I'll have a go, but it should be over with quickly.

And...that was quicker than I thought. Another non-starter. This time all that was in the zip was a crack for the game but not the actual game itself. That'll learn me for downloading dodgy copies of games! Okay, third time lucky. Next up on the randometer is...Conquest of the New World! This one's a GOG purchase, so should all be working! It's a long-form strategy game as far as I know, so I'll see if I can clear Ultima 4 first, then come back to this and give it my full attention.

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