I’ve been playing computer games since about 1992, and those I used to play were clearly made with love down to the tiniest detail. I’m talking about stuff like Monkey Island and Final Fantasy VII here.
Almost twenty years later, browsing the games in a local store, I see mostly trash: Cheap quiz games, ugly budget games and a huge heap of incredibly shallow games based on movies. There are a few interesting modern games in the stores, but in many cases, they feel quite unfinished, often intolerably buggy. I won’t even go into detail about the insufferable crap dominating mobile phones and Facebook.
But if you look carefully, there are real pieces of art out there – they’re merely hidden by all that mass market trash. Here’s a list of a few exceptional games I’ve played lately:
- Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney 1-3
- Persona 4
- The World Ends With You
- Fragile Dreams
All of these employ unconventional concepts and are a real joy to play. I know there’s more like that, it’s just not easy to find. There is hope!