“Wow,” she said, “You’re brave. Online dating is full of awful guys. Like… you know… gamers.”
So, as a public service, I’m opening up my game collection of oddities, indies, and forgotten favorites!
“Yeah, like those games… you know, the ones with all the shooting?”
“...Call of Duty?”
“Oh my god, YES! And Grand Theft Auto.”
Believe it or not, gaming in the public conscious is still fixated on the ultra-popular AAA titles, and usually the most violent. I get it, who doesn’t like violent? It’s tough these days to really get excited about gaming when all you know is Bejeweled and Halo, with nothing in between. So, as a public service, I’m opening up my game collection of oddities, indies, and forgotten favorites!
My gaming computer went to 'Hardware Valhalla,' so lately I’ve been trying to find great, slightly older games that work well on my decidedly-not-gaming-friendly laptop. During the Steam sale, I picked up The Shivah, which is a great indie adventure game in the style of the old LucasArts games of yesteryear.
In The Shivah, you follow the story of a New York City rabbi plagued by debt and guilt who suddenly receives a windfall of money due to mysterious circumstances. Despite the charming retro graphics, this game is thankfully more in line with the modern adventure games of its era. Instead of picking up seemingly-random objects and poking at everything in the scene in hopes of finding obscure secrets, the focus is on the characters and story.
It’s a short game, but definitely worth playing, if only for the novelty of playing a crime-solving rabbi. I’m not going to spoil how he defeats his enemies - but it’s definitely rabbinical. Bonus: achievements include “Mensch” and “Shonda for the Goyim.”
-The Dungeon Dame