In our new series, Late to the Party.
Shadow of the Colossus. Half Life. Shenmue. The Legend of Zelda. Everyone’s got at least one classic, universally beloved game that – shamefully – they’ve never played.
Now, while I’d hate to establish some kind of literary canon for video games, there are undoubtedly a number of titles people feel you have to have played; games that make people yell WHAT across a noisy pub when you admit to having never even touched them.
Rather than wallow in faux-Catholic guilt over our own personal piles of shame, however, we decided to do something about it. So, it gives me very great pleasure to introduce you to our brand new series, Late to the Party.
The idea is this: one person sits down with a video game they’ve never played before. Alongside them is someone who adores said game or franchise and is able to guide (read: berate) them through their journey of discovery. Will our test subject realise what they were missing all along, or will they just piss off their companion slash backseat driver?
Find out in our very first episode, in which Aoife gently introduces me to a little known franchise called Final Fantasy. And throw your suggestions for future episodes in the comments below – personally I can’t wait until Wes is forced to sit through every Nintendo game ever created.