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What We’re Playing – October 28th

The weekend is upon us and it’s time to play some videogames. Here are a few games we’ve been playing away from the office this week. What’s on your agenda? Share what you’re playing!

Dark Souls
Shane Ryan

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This game is a bastard.

Go Vacation
Calvin Kemph

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Quantity is the thing.

Go Vacation, like Namco’s We Ski before it, brings motion controlled mini-games into the context of a colorful open world. But this time there are 50 of them and while it’s no match for Nintendo’s more focused Wii Sports Resort powerhouse, it’s a somewhat similar, if not overly simplified mini-game collection, one which is sure to appeal to the intended young audience for the holiday season.

While there honestly wasn’t enough there to keep my attention long, what was presented in the early-goings felt sufficiently simple and cheerful. In short, it’s about what you’d expect from a mini-game collection on the Wii, though it’s presented in a nice, colorful shell and packs a lot more content than others. While the activities themselves are hit and miss, there’s (probably) enough good here to justify its budget price.

F1 2011
Richard Murphy

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Playing games in a social environment is rarely the best way to accomplish anything worth talking about. I find ‘getting in the zone’ is a state that can only truly be accomplished sat in a darkened room with a decent set of headphones on and a zen-like focus glazing over your eyes. Be that as it may, the only way to enjoy F1 2011 is to empty your mind of outside distractions and studiously observe the screen with twitch-lizard reactions; it goes without saying that a rowdy beer and pizza night with the boys is not the best locale with which to enhance one’s motoring performance, but that was exactly where I found myself the other night.

Frustration set in as my dalliances with the Armco barriers became more and more of a routine. Distractions were thick and fast at this point however, and as the noise settled and the beer began to have a sleeping effect, I found that remaining tarmac central was not as difficult as first thought. I was becoming attuned to the requirements of precise motor racing and I could block out distractions and annoyances in the pursuit of the perfect lap.

What F1 2011 really highlights to me is the focus and concentration required of Formula One drivers. A momentary blip in awareness from me ends in a trifling skip across the gravel trap, for them it could be a direct route to the morgue. Who says videogames can’t teach you anything?

The author of this fine article

is a Staff Writer at Thunderbolt, having joined in August 2010. Get in touch on Twitter @S_Chyou.

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