The Beginner’s Guide

After last week’s cranky post, let’s talk about things I like. I really like games that make me think. If you do too you should definitely play The Beginner’s Guide. It’s Davey Wreden’s second game, he also made The Stanley Parable (which was amazing and you should play it too).

I can’t say too much about the game without spoiling it, so I’m going to have to be a little vague here. What I enjoyed about the game was having to think about what was going on and try to figure out what it meant. I also love games like Torchlight and Torchlight II which are all about straightforward dungeon exploring and monster smiting, but sometimes I want something I can dig into a little more.

The Beginner’s Guide (and The Stanley Parable, for that matter), aren’t for everyone. They aren’t so much “games” as interactive experiences – there’s no score, no win condition, no lives or deaths. Some people get really into stuff like that and other people just aren’t interested. I personally like just about anything weird and/or morbid, so I really enjoy stuff that tries to expand the boundaries of what you can express with a game.

After you play The Beginner’s Guide, if you decide to, I highly recommend watching this talk Davey gave called Playing Stories. In the context of that talk, the game is a lot easier to understand. It’s also an interesting talk in general if you’re into making games or anything else to express yourself.

2 thoughts on “The Beginner’s Guide

  1. The Stanley Parable was wonderfully unique. Self deprecating in many respects. I take it you’re a Pc gamer, which is my favourite platform. May I recommend a PS4 title, however, in the event you also have this system. “Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture ” isn’t so much a game, but more an interactive experience. I can’t say too much, suffice to say that you game begins when the story itself is over. Oh yeah, and the original Dark Souls of you’re up for a challenge. I’m 160 hours in. The game wants you to fail and is utterly peerless. I’ve been gaming for years and I’ve never been so drawn on and beguiled by a game world.

    • I’ve heard great things about Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture but I just don’t know if I can pull the trigger on a PS4. After a little googling Dark Souls sounds like the kind of thing I would like too but geez, 160 hours? I love me some gaming but I’ve got a lot of other things I want to do. Of course, if I had any sense of perspective I could play it a little at a time but that sure didn’t work back when I played WoW 🙂

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