That’s precisely what I’ve done today. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Well, unless you count playing FlatOut Ultimate Carnage all day and then some Halo. But I don’t really think it counts. I’ve spent the entire day without going outside. That’s a first for me at Uni and it felt awesome but horrible at the same time. It felt awesome because if I were to do this at home a few months ago, I would have felt like I had wasted the day, but at Uni, I know I’m not alone in sitting about doing nothing. It felt horrible however because as humans, we crave contact with others, something I lacked somewhat today. But talking to people on MSN and sending a few texts out sorted that out. What’s worse however, I have nothing planned for tomorow either.
I guess it’s not that bad. I have plans for the rest of the week so I think I’m allowed some loser days. I do however need to reread some lecture notes some time tomorow and also go over some Robotics stuff. I’ve already said it, but I’m really enjoying my course. I’ve started talking to a few people off my course over facebook and they seem like nice enough guys. One of them started talking to me with “Are you that robot that finished in 63 minutes the other day!?”. Made me chuckle.
What also made me chuckle, was talking to my friend James about Vegas 2.
The thing is, although this is a humorous simile, it raises a very good point about games in general. There are alot of things that we don’t get to see, but we know subconciously that they’re happening, and until you see them happening when you shouldn’t, you completely forget them. One goal that all games studios aim for, is to make their games immersive. To do this, you need to seperate the player from all of these “Not to be seen” functions. Vegas 2 has completely failed here in basic ways to keep the player away from seeing the mechanics. In online games such as Halo where seeing players spawn is unavoidable, it’s fine. But when you are trying to tell a story, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.
These mechanics are dirty but necessary; and like masturbation, don’t show it off to who you’re trying to impress.