Have you ever had such a desire to play a video game that to soak up every column inch of information and to repeatedly tap F5 on the developer’s blog is simply not a good enough fix?
That need eventually becomes a permanent itch, where the first thing you do at 6am as the alarm sounds isn’t to say good morning to your partner/girlfriend/lover/cat/other, but is instead to leap onto the computer and check the latest forum posts and news threads for any potentially new information you can get your hands on.
You’ve experienced this you say? Oh good, read on then.
There have been very few games over the course of my gaming life that have gripped me in this way. Many have given me a tickle of excitement and countless have been desirable, but only a handful have had a magnetism so powerful it becomes an all encompassing obsession. When I was younger the draw of screenshots for an up and coming title was seemingly much more important than any written content (although it must be said CVG and GamesMaster were hardly heavy on the word count). Now though, while screenshots are still the visual nectar everyone craves when bitten by the bug, without in-depth accompanying written content, it simply becomes a tease to further drive the hordes of like minded obsessives wild.
In our mind-bank of games played, craved and ignored, the images can flicker through like Polaroid snaps, yet to pluck one out and say “Yes, I was obsessed with that game” is a hard task indeed. If you think hard enough there will be certain key games that jump out at you, whether they’re still in development or not (see Dwarf Fortress or Revenge of the Titans).
It wouldn’t take a genius to realise most of mine have been massively multiplayer online games, specifically Dark Age of Camelot, World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2. But, the first game I truly I became obsessed with before and long after it’s release was Pokémon Red. I was so obsessed in fact, that I used to carry a Pokémon bible with me everywhere. It was a guide filled with every map, Pokémon, moves list and item that the game had to offer, but had been used and abused for such a long period of time that it was held together with duct tape and luck alone. I still begrudge handing it down to my younger cousin to carry on the mantle. He just didn’t appreciate it like I did.
So my question to you is, what games in the past have had you hooked up to a drip and which are currently making you tap the F5 key day and night?
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