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E for Effort: Shadow of the Colossus

Hello ma luvvies.

When it comes to topic of art games, one developer is almost always brought up. Team Ico. Only two games under their belt, and those two games are considered by many to be among the greatest of all time. So, naturally I was excited when I managed to snag it on eBay for only ten quid.

And before I go on, I'll tell you first of all that I liked this game. It was moderately entertaining most of the time, and technically impressive. But I didn't love it. I didn't think of it as a masterpiece, nor that it was an important step towards videogames being more respected as an art form (not that I particularly care). Spoilers lie within.

dis game is a art bcuz horsey dies witch is sad

When I've seen other people mention this, someone usually responds with something like "oh the riding sections are meant to be long and eventless because you're supposed to reflect on life and death and crap". Really now? There's one thing I do not understand at all and probably never will. People get sad when the colossi die? It's probably just me but I usually took them down screaming "DIE BITCH DIE" and laughing manically as they fell. I'm probably a bad person.

And that is why I can't love this game. It is a reminder of every one of my flaws. I'm impatient, I'm lazy, I'm stubborn, unsubtle and I have no sense of direction. I wasted half an hour on the second colossus because I was certain that you had to confuse it by running around it in circles until it got dizzy. That's saddening.

And now as I write this I realise...the fact it makes me hate myself is probably the most artistic thing it does.

Damn you, game.

[I'm aware you all probably love SotC so just remember that this is entirely my opinion and I'm not saying I'm right at all. Also sorry for sort-of shortblog.]
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About Pudge Controls the Weatherone of us since 3:36 PM on 01.12.2010

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