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 This week I have been playing "The Last Guardian", aka "How To Train Your Mousebirddragon", a semi-sequel to "Ico". Both games are an eerie surreal puzzle adventure through a massive, beautiful, bizarre landscape of ruins and mechanisms, accompanied by a companion with whom you need to cooperate to progress. "Ico" had Yorda, an ethereal glowing girl whose hand you had to hold a lot. "The Last Guardian" has a creature called a Trico, the mousebirddragon of my preferred title, and ohmygosh seriously look at this cutie:

A picture of Trico being petted by the game's main character

It's a lovely game and I really recommend it. Especially because it's full of moments of gentle hilarity as you and Trico try to understand each other.

The main character trapped in a cage while Trico looks on puzzled

"Human. Human. Explain?"

(There then followed ten minutes of Trico trying to figure out how to open the cage, while I did the same thing from the other side of the screen, although my puzzle solving involved less nose-bumping...)
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When I was a child I played pretty much every genre of computer game in existence, for the simple reason that almost all the games we had for the Amiga were in the form of free demos my father got with magazines. So there'd be a couple of levels of a platformer or a shooter or something, and I'd play them until I could do them really well, but there was never anywhere to go after that. I just played everything we had.

Over time, I've played games less and less. Not because I don't want to play them, but because the standard price of £29.99 is (still, despite now being a grown up with a job) too much to casually spend on something which may turn out to be a bust (because it won't run on your system, because it wasn't what you hoped, because it's buggy or broken, because it's too short or aimed at hardcore players and way beyond your skill level...). If I spot a game in the shop that I like the look of, I then have to put it back on the shelf, go home, look it up on the internet, try to figure out whether the positive/negative reviews are relevant to me or products of the critic's own taste, try to work out if the system specs are what it says on the box... and honestly, by the time I've done all that, the initial "ooh, shiny!" reaction has faded and I just file it for possible later purchase. And then forget about it.

Then recently I started using Steam, and suddenly I have more games than I've had in a while, partly because it sells them cheap (much easier to impulse-buy something priced £5!) and has plenty of casual games (being as I do not have so much time to play massive multi-hour epics these days, either).

And partly because all at once, I can play demos again. Huge numbers of Steam games have downloadable demos. I can play for an hour or so and see if I like what I'm getting. This only really dawned on me yesterday, at which point I promptly went hunting for interesting things and got five or six new games to try out. So far I like most of them, although 'Amnesia' was too terrifying and I had to stop playing. :S I can't afford to just buy them all straight away, but even the most expensive is priced at the £15-20 mark, so I can reasonably keep them on my wishlist and acquire them one at a time.

Games! Shiny games! :)


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