The exciting sets my Heart Flickering!
It's been a while since I have written a new blog ... and that's a good thing. In the small break I reflected and realised a few things; one that previous blogs where too long. And two, droning on about the facts of piracy can be a little annoying. But we are all gamers here; this is something to cherish and to constantly talk about. So the new revised WarFace Blog is to talk about the real important stuff, gaming and gamers. And occasionally Piracy...! Please note there are spoilers for "The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings", quest "with Flickering Heart"
So why do I love games?
Personally if I have had a bad day, just to jump straight into a game and think of nothing else helps real life worries melt away. I suppose you could get the same effect out of any activity, sport, cooking, watching tv, or something that you like.
The only problem is that I have been around for a long time, so the latest Shooter thrills me less and less. Not to say they aren't good games and that you shouldn't enjoy them.
But as you play more games the truly great ones come less frequently. One of the greats is the newly released "The Witcher 2: The Assassin of Kings."
Apart from the many marvellous things about this game and perhaps the equal number of annoyances too. What really stood out in Witcher 2, for me, was the side quest "with Flickering Heart". This reaffirmed that games can be just as thought provoking as novels or movies.
So when Witcher 2 came out I was truly excited to play it... But what do I love about the Flickering Hearts quest? I won't go into too much detail, but you have to make a choice between a beautiful lady who is a monster? Or a normal looking man who is corrupted?
The quest revolves around murders of the village men, and these are your two suspects. Not only do you have to make a choice, and normally in video games its kill either A or B. In this case Witcher 2 is no different from many other games, but this time you never find out if you are right or wrong!
Such a well crafted sub-story within the main plot, and still I ponder with this single thought. "I am pretty sure that I got the right person... But I will never know?"
I could have just play the sub-story again from the different angle, but this time it seemed wrong. One of the benefits of saved games is that you can play the scene over and over until you are happy with the outcome.
But in this case, I really liked the fact that you do not know, the mere thought that I might have got it wrong is a ground pushing notion in video games. Normally you have the good choice and the bad one, but to have a choice were you have to convince yourself it was the right one, that is a decision!
Like all stories the best ones are the ones that have you asking questions afterward; the ones that you are sure, but can't say for certain!
And if you're wondering, who did I side with? ... A gentleman never reveals!
The question I am ending with is... what game provoked a thought with you?
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