“Post-Game Depression” is what I heard it referred to on the “Life is Strange” subreddit where people shared their feelings of hopelessness and despair following the Dontrod hit game series.
I’ve experienced this before. It happened when I finished the “Mass Effect” franchise as well as when one of my favorite shows “Community” concluded. There have been games and shows that I’ve loved more, and I could definitely rank several games over “Life is Strange,” but even with those I haven’t felt this kind of post-depression.
For those who’ve played, “Life is Strange” lets you pick between two tragic endings. And the endings aren’t bad like it was for “Mass Effect 3,” or even the saddest outcome I’ve seen in a video game. No, it wasn’t the ending, it was the world. I was brought into Arcadia Bay, I was nosy and explored everything and everywhere, read every journal entry, conversed with all the characters. The characters were diverse, unique, and I got to know them.
Then it was over.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, when post-depression happens, it’s not a result of the destination, but of the journey. Back when I was crippled by not being able to visit the “Mass Effect” characters anymore, I learned that to cure this depression you have to keep playing. You have to keep watching.
And though I could replay “Life is Strange,” I will never experience it for the first time again, but that’s okay. It’s rare, but there will be other games, and other shows, that will have a world worth the depression. I am continually astounded at how art can change and evolve us at an emotional level.
It wasn’t perfect, but I loved “Life is Strange.” I will recommend it with caution to my friends and family. I will likely never play it again, but I will find that same kind of rare investment in the future. And I can’t wait for that to happen.
Awards: 2012 Media 10 Video Game Awards
This is our 1st annual Video Game awards. The following award-winners were decided by a group of critics and gamers and have been formatted as such. Movie, TV and other awards will occur within the next month. (more…)
Video Game Film: See Mass Effect cut into a 3-hour movie
I love writing about film, video games and TV. But, I don’t get paid to write about any of this. For a living I am an Avid editor. Anyways, I fell into a deep love affair with the Mass Effect trilogy this year, playing all three games in a span of three month with a combined nearly 300 hours of gameplay. I know, right.
I was pretty emotionally crippled when I beat the trilogy, not just because of the plot-hole infested ending, but because I was going to miss the experience of playing through the games. They were seriously like no other games I’ve ever played and I personally consider Mass Effect 2 one of the greatest video games I have ever played.
Anyways I stumbled onto this Youtube video that clocks in at 2 hours and 48 minutes. This guy apparently went in and recorded all the cut scenes and hours of gameplay footage to cut together a movie version of the first game. It’s pretty awesome. There are only a few things I’d change, it could definitely be cut down shorter and some of the transitions could be perfected, but there’s only so much you can do with an already completed mixdown of audio.
It be nice if Music faded up in scenes, but the music can be completely random and inappropriate to what we saw before. There’s know way to separate the music from the dialogue so you can’t do much there. Regardless, what this Youtube user has done here is astounding and a lot of hard-work. It has too few views so I wanted to try and get the word out about it. Maybe then we will see one of the other two games.
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Top 10: Projected Xbox 360 Games of 2012 and So Far
Thought I had been neglecting the Video Game genre lately. I will probably do a list for the other consoles as well. But for now here is my theory of how the best Xbox 360 games will rank come the end of 2012, or the end of the world if Mayans are right.