I Wish I Could Reload Reality…

21 09 2011

Let’s get the boring stuff out of the way quickly: after an extremely small-scale study (sample size: 42 people) by Nottingham Trent University into Game Transfer Phenomena, a headline in the Metro newspaper declared ‘Gamers can’t tell real world from fantasy’. The study looked at moments when gamers start thinking about real-world situations in terms of game mechanics. One subject thought about using Half Life 2‘s gravity gun to get something from the fridge without getting up, and another thought briefly about using World of Warcraft‘s /who command to locate a relative they’d lost in a crowd.

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Beyond Beyond Good and Evil

17 08 2011

I miss having a used game shop on the walk home from school. There it was on the road to the train station, a neat little place that wasn’t exactly the cheapest of the cheap but was always guaranteed to have something interesting on the PC shelf to the right. I picked up Knights of the Old Republic and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time from there, along with a few other random games that happened to catch my eye. Anyway, I’ve gone on this nostalgia trip because I bought a near 8-year-old used game for £1.50 yesterday, my first pre-owned buy for a good long while.

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