Thanks for asking, post title!
Are you the type of gamer who can only pick up a single game at a time? If so, trigger warning: the gaming hyperactivity in this post might upset you.
Just hit the bong and play Fall Guys, Laganja, it'll be okay.
I tongue-in-cheekily say that I'm pansexual in my video game interests. I can't contain my affections into just one genre. All games are beautiful; it's what's inside that counts. Gaming is a spectrum, henny.
As such, you'll find me juggling seven or twelve different games at any given time. (That used to be literal, back when I worked at GameStop and loved alphabetizing shelves.) As much as I recently joked about not being able to pick up another narrative game until after I finish playing Persona 5, single-minded gaming is not my forte. Also, you know, there's my career. Kinda gotta be a voracious gamer to know the happ'nins in game design.
Actual footage of me on my way to play all the games.
Have a scroll if you're interested in some brief, spoiler-free opinions of the myriad gaming waters into which I'm currently dipping my toes.
Whatchaplayin' on Switch?
Needing to escape the systemic racism and police brutality of America's justice system, I decided to pick up this game where you... oh... umm... role-play as... a Chief of Police. Hmmmm.
Fortunately, This is the Police is far from a brutality simulator. Rather, it's a nuanced simulator of choices and resource management, à la emergent policing situations, long-term investigations, under-funded and -staffed departments, deals with the mafia, crime noir narrative cutscenes, and low-fi stylings, all experienced through the lens of a day at the office. To elaborate on the story would spoil it, but let's say it had me from its first VO'd moments of noir.
"F*** tha Police" is not among your musical choices, for better or worse.
One of my favorite l'il bits thus far is the first step in the daily routine: your choice of vinyl record to provide the day's soundtrack. Just a little thing, but dem diegetic details, man. As Fernando Vera reminds us, "The devil is in that shit."
If this reference is lost on you, y'all need some Mr. Robot.
Some other titles I'm enjoying on Switch:
Whatchaplayin' on PS4?
Yeaaaah, I know, I'm about eight years late to this minimalistic painter party. Somehow, this game never landed on my radar, but the recent PC port caught my eye, so I (with beloved gaming build sadly stored stateside) picked up a copy on PS4.
So far, I'm enjoying the whimsy and environment discovery of painting my way through this Escher-esque storybook world. There's something very satisfying about having an instinctive inkling of a room's geometry, then confirming it as you splatter-paint with abandon and aplomb. Tricky part is not to splatter too much paint, or your all-white void of nothingness turns into an all-black void of nothingness, helping exactly naught in the spatial reasoning department, so I've discovered.
The Unfinished Swan, by any other mechanic?
As you join Harold and the Purple Crayon—I mean, Monroe and the Silver Paintbrush—along his journey through the unfinished painting of a world, a fanciful and heartwarming little tale unfolds, narrated in the soothing tones of a kindly children's librarian. And who *doesn't* need a kindly children's librarian to read to them for the rest of 2020?
A few more games I'm digging on PS4:
Whatchaplayin' on PC?
With my gaming PC not located on my current continent (weeps in expat), I've been making do with what few games my MacBook will laboriously wheeze into playability whenever the PC gaming urge strikes. Happily, Disco Elysium is one such game.
First, the writing. My friends, the writing! Tickling me in all the best Lovecraftian ways, not unlike a pint-sized Cthulhu. Add to that a modern sense of humor and your protagonist's penchant toward public nervous-breakdowns, and you find yourself reading things like this:
Barring that, you could put it in a backpack and take it to the shit store, Summer.
I mean, need I say more? Okay, okay, a few things more: The inventive dice-rolling mechanic through which the protagonist's internal monologue interacts with itself, the world, and your choices. The grimy, grungy, dispirited-yet-sardonically-hopeful atmosphere. The depths to which you can plunge—into your protagonist's own mind(s), into increasingly disturbing conversation threads with a bevy of characterful NPCs, into the nihilism of identity and one's role in society as we tremble upon this frail mortal coil. Also, karaoke!
Not to Mandasplain to you what your gaming priorities should be, buuuuuut... this might be one to consider bumping to the top of the list, if you're into immersive RPG-driven storytelling and questioning sanity (your own, of others, either way).
Other games my MacBook is struggling to load in lockdown:
Whatchaplayin' on Quest?
Ahem. Excuse me. I had a humble-brag stuck in my throat. You wouldn't know this, because I'm woeful at self-promotion and don't yet have a mixed reality setup for all the YouTube views, but I'm kind of a big deal at Beat Saber.
My (Quest potato quality) capture of nailing a top 5 global rank on Expert+, complete with happy dance.
I play at *least* 10 hours per week—it's my daily quarantine cardio, and frequently my weekend-long jam sesh. I come from a musicianship background and a long history of rhythm gaming in the world of competitive Dance Dance Revolution tournaments, so Beat Saber was love at first block. The latest Linkin Park music pack is FIRE EMOJI, and taking out my pandemic angst to the soundtrack of my teen years is all kinds of cathartic right now.
More things I'm flailing around with on Quest:
Whatchaplayin' on mobile?
Decidedly premium games, because I have A Few™ opinions about the blanket user experience of F2P mobile titles... but that's a story for another post.
The Dude hath spoken.
This is a short list, because not leaving my house means never having to soothe my scattered attention span with mobile dopamine hits while I'm waiting in the checkout queue. I can do that from the comfort of my own couch while not watching Netflix, thank you very much.
More chiptune, plz.
Now that you have the Tetris Blast soundtrack stuck in your head until the inevitable heat-death of our planet, answer me this: Whatchaplayin', kid?
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