I used to play quite a bit of computer games. Technically I still do, but they tend to be quick games on the iPod or iPad. I have a Wii, but I haven't played on it for a while. I should though - I'd borrowed my sister's copy of Lego Pirates of the Caribbean and was quite a way through it. I just never seemed to be able to find the time.
And then I've been watching Go 8 Bit on Dave, which is where they have comedians (mainly) playing video games. The last round is always a way of playing differently and for the first episode they played Tetris using people as controls (touch the person on your left, the piece goes left etc). So that's quite fun.
But Marcus Brigstocke said that his favourite game was Portal 2. I'd heard of it, but literally all I knew about it was the title. He explained that it's a first person puzzle solver and although you have a gun, it's used for making portals. It sounded like just the sort of thing I like - one of the things I like about the Lego games is the puzzle solving (and the silliness), but I hate when things are trying to kill you (which in Lego Star Wars is every level).
So I looked up Portal 2 on Steam and found it was a rare one that works on Linux as well as Windows. And I'd happened on it when it was on sale, so I got it dirt cheap. And I've been really enjoying it. At least after I watched some walkthrough videos where they explained what was going on - I did not understand how portals worked at all at first and there's no explanation.
I just need to try and make time for game playing.
Mirrored from my blog.