As most of you know by now, I recently got my hands on a copy of Persona 4
. I went into the game knowing nothing of the series, and to my surprise, I ended up enjoy it, until my brother came to visit me.
My brother, once a gamer, and now a serious
adult, came home to visit me after I complained to him that I havenít seen him in almost two months. He got married back in December to a woman I barely know. I am happy for him; I can say now, without any hesitation, that my brother is finally happy with his life.
My brother, who just turned 30, lives 15 minutes away from me. I understand once youíre married you start to live a different life, but I do notice that he spends more time with her family than his own. For instance, last week my aunt, cousin and uncle came over for dinner; this was the last time I would see them Ė theyíre moving to Argentina Ė now, where was my brother? Well, he was upstate with his other
family. Whatever the reason, I complained to him through the power that is text messaging, but he didnít respond to any of it; instead of responding, he came home twice this week to visit.
Anyway, he came home on a day I was playing Persona 4
and watched me play the game until he started to ask questions: questions that made too much sense.
I hesitate to call games a "young medium" because it's not. It's been around for so long, and I feel it really hasn't evolved much. Games are taking baby steps in the right direction, but this going way too slow for my liking. There has to be a better way than cutscenes or long periods of pressing X to tell a story. I will leave you with something my brother said:
" BioShock did a good job of immersing you into a deep, complicated world without cutscenes; you were part of the story, not a bystander."
By the way, I've played about 5 hours now and 90% of it were me pressing X to move a conversation along. Now, I'm going to pick up the controller and press X to start playing the game again.
LOOK WHO CAME: