Games that remind me of my Arizona vacation


“My body is ready.”

That was the first message I sent to our staff-wide chat client this year, and it’s true: I’m back from a holiday break, ready to write. For once, I wasn’t glued to my email or Twitter while vacationing.

It was refreshing to step away from the Internet — and games, excluding a few necessary air-travel time-wasters — for a whole week. To catch my breath at long last. (Thanks for the extra push in the right direction, spotty 3G service and limited Wi-Fi connection. I needed that encouragement.)

Not a moment after signaling my return this week, Kyle sounded off in chat, suggesting I write about my time off in Arizona. Usually, our working relationship is flipped — he comes up with offbeat ideas, initially doubts them, and I tell him to push past the discomfort. Those same ideas frequently go on to become some of my favorite pieces published on Destructoid.

I’m confident this post won’t reach such heights, but that’s okay. Coming up with games reminiscent of my first trip to the Grand Canyon State was too fun a concept to pass on.

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Mortal Kombat

Scorpions! I saw quite a few up close, but thankfully none were alive. They were in a gift shop, encased in resin, right where they should be. Get over here and look at this paper weight!

Red Dead Redemption

An easy albeit necessary choice. The scenery evoked fond memories of Rockstar’s Wild West.

Custer’s Last Stand (as recommended by Brett)

That’s a battle, not a videogame, Brett. 

Custer’s Revenge (as correctly recommended by Kyle)

That’s the right title, Kyle, but you’re still a bad man.

Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

There was this rock formation with an unmistakable resemblance to Jabba’s Palace.

Silent Hill

Whenever I see an oppressive wall of fog, I think of Silent Hill.

The Last of Us

It snowed enough at the Grand Canyon that we were forced to stay another day. Many tourists smartly departed the evening before, and new visitors were unable to enter, so the park was in this eerie state of limbo. I kept getting The Last of Us vibes from the waitstaff. Not like this. Not like this.

Fallout: New Vegas

Didn’t see any dinosaurs, but Joshua trees are cool.

Madden NFL 06

There were a bunch of signs around Glendale for the Arizona Cardinals. My brother is casually into sports games, and for reasons I’ll never comprehend, he sometimes plays Madden NFL 06. That’s fine, but he always signs into my Xbox Live account. People must think I’m a psycho.

Sudoku (or any other game that puts me to sleep)

I was too “tired” (read: drunk) to stay up for New Year’s Eve.

Don’t Shit Your Pants

Mexican food: worth it.

Jordan Devore
Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random.