If you are reading this (thanks to all three of you!) you almost certainly enjoy video games. Enough, in fact, that you are willing to read an article about video games written by a nobody on a unknown site. So in that vein it is logical to assume that you find video games to be fun but also a way to pull yourself from reality for just a short time. Rough times have fallen upon The Brain Trust here at GameDrunk, and I know that I, personally, have sought solace in the games of yore.
I’ve taken the dive into all-games retro, completely immersing myself in games that I never played much before or never beat. One of those games was Maniac Mansion for the NES, which, after owning for over 20 years, I finally completed. I’d never devoted the time and energy to figure out this game’s amazing puzzles, so creative and intuitive. I completely underestimated the level of brilliance of this game for so long because I had no idea that video games played in such a way. It never once dawned on me, for instance, to use the Hunk-o-matic weight-lifting machine to grow one of the characters stronger which, in turn, allowed them to open the heavy garage door.
Along with this gem I’ve been playing through games like Final Fantasy IV (DS) and Earthbound, both games heavy on story that try to pull you away. And with a glass of bourbon in hand, pulling away from reality with games like these is not difficult. So, thinking on this begs the question: What are your favorite games to immerse yourself in, evading reality?