On one hand, I’ve been making progress and having a super good time with my partner playing the Pre-Sequel in the Handsome Collection on PS4.
On the other hand, I have made zero progress in Fatal Frame.
I don’t even mean that I’ve made marginal progress. I mean I’ve made absolutely no progress. At all.
I’d like to say it’s simply the control scheme of the Camera Obscura within the game, but honestly, I feel a bit lazy and resistant to playing the game, period. I don’t know why this is, as I’m super excited to experience it. It’s just every time I think about actually booting it up, I immediately crap right out.
I am an awful wuss.
So each day for the next week, I will force myself to play a couple hours at a time and, hopefully, I can at least power through the first game so I can dive in to the second entry in the series sooner than later.
Aside from my game challenge, I’m also really psyched to play Her Story, which I recently downloaded on my iPad. The more I hear about the game, the more excited I am to dive in.
For those who aren’t aware, Her Story is a detective-sim (of sorts). The entire game takes place within an interface made to resemble a ’90s computer system. You use search terms to call up brief video clips of a woman whose husband has gone missing. Through these clips, you are to piece together what actually happened.
At least to me.
So I assume I will be playing it in full this week.
Alas, this game challenge update would be remiss not to include a few words about the passing of Satoru Iwata, the head of Nintendo.
Mr. Iwata passed away two days ago at the young age of 55 as a result of a bile duct growth. As an industry, we were unprepared for this loss. Though, I’d argue, I am never “ready” for a loss.
Iwata wasn’t just a suit and tie and the face of Nintendo Direct; he was a former programmer and a gamer. He helped to develop major titles such as Super Smash Bros., Kirby, and Pokemon.
His death hit the game community hard.
I would never be so obtuse as to say there is a silver lining to this situation, but in a collective mourning, the gaming community has banded together to share their favorite memories of Iwata-san. There have been some truly lovely tributes out there.
The ones that touched me most are the three below (and one above):
But none were quite so moving as the image below:
I struggle with death in a profound way. I don’t know how to conclude my thoughts about this amazing fixture of the gaming industry, so I will leave you with my favorite Iwata quote from his keynote speech at GDC 2005:
“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”
May you rest, Iwata-san. This world is a better place for your having been in it.