Backlog: Videogame Lethargy edition

Has it finally happened? Have I lost my interest in the one pastime I've sunk the most effort into since I was a child? Are videogames suddenly boring?

Maybe. Actually, I doubt it.

In all honesty, I'm more overwhelmed with the industry right now than I'm disenfranchised with it. And I should be specific here: I'm not talking about the videogame industry so much as I'm directing my bitching to the large pile of games I still need to finish. That's no one's fault but my own -- still, once I have "too much" to play I get bored with games in general and -- gasp -- go and read a book.

In semi-related news, I'm just about finished with book four in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. With that movie and TV franchise in the works, I kinda hope for/dread a videogame adaptation. Here's a tip, Ron Howard and Mr. King: make Rockstar San Diego the developers.

Aaron:

I started Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands this week. So far it's what I had expected it to be, which is typical. That's not to say I'm unsatisfied by the first two hours; anymore I need to play games that offer something unseen or new to truly satisfy my wants and needs as a player. Regardless, the game cost me $10 used from Gamefly, so I shouldn't be so judgmental.

The rest of my week hasn't exactly lent itself to gaming. However I did pre-order the collector's edition of LittleBigPlanet 2 last night, and I absolutely can't wait. I expect hours of enjoyment, as does my girlfriend, from Media Molecule's anticipated sequel. The one downside here is I'll have to drop some more cash on an extra controller. Which color of DualShock 3 should I choose?

Doug:

Football season is over. There's really nothing else to say.

Nick:

Basically, what Doug said. I made the journey down to Glendale myself to watch the Ducks vie for the championship title, and it was physically and spiritually exhausting. I don't want to dwell on specifics or what could have been or certain egregious (read: bullshit) calls; I'd rather just remember the experience for all the fun and excitement that defined it. This season made me into a college football fan, and I couldn't really ask for anything more than that.

While in California, I only had my ancient laptop and iPhone for entertainment, so my options were a bit limited. I played a lot of Minecraft, of course, but that's a given. And I'm still enjoying the hell out of VVVVVV, the best little masochistic indie platformer this side of Super Meat Boy. But I actually got the most enjoyment out of a little game I'd picked up for a dollar months ago for my iPhone and somehow forgotten about.

Puzzle Agent kind of came and went, it seems, and that's a shame. It was Telltale's first foray into a smaller, more digestible approach to games, but in my opinion it might be the most playable and best-designed game they've ever put out. Its similarities to Professor Layton are certainly not coincidental, but the puzzle-slash-adventure hybrid formula feels fresh and interesting. Excellent sense of style, bizarre humor and well-designed puzzles make Puzzle Agent a fantastic game, and one that's particularly well-suited to iOS.

Now that I'm back, I'm eager to dive back into a few of the better games of 2010 that slipped through the cracks. First up: Fallout: New Vegas. Yes Man (voiced by Dave Foley!) and I have some unfinished business to attend to.