Picking a favorite game was probably the hardest part of writing this. I am lucky enough that I get to play a ton of games both as part of my life and as part of my job. My favorite tends to be whatever game I am currently addicted to the most that day. Currently I have been playing the heck out of “Fable: The Journey.” While this game will not be released until fall, I am lucky enough to have a copy in progress. But so much of the game is already there that I am hooked!
How you use your hands to conjure up magic will dramatically affect the combat. Each subtle change in what you do will change the impact of the magic you are using. No matter how much I play the game, I keep finding new things I did not know I could do. I was playing “Fable: The Journey” at home and was in a 4 hour stretch – totally immersed in the experience. Having just had a new baby, my wife was very irritated that I had been playing games for so long and was not being more helpful around the house. She came and asked me to help her with some things and I got a bit frustrated. But I agreed I would stop playing after I got done with this one encounter. So in the most passive aggressive move ever, as I was casting magic in the game, I started yelling the commands of what I was doing so I could annoy her upstairs. So when I was casting a fireball spell, I was yelling “FIREBALL!!” as well.
As I was doing this, I started to realize that yelling my magic spell as I was casting it increased the power of my magic! The intensity of the magic actually reflected my emotions. My wife, who knows my immature behaviors well, came downstairs to ask me not to purposely try to annoy her. I innocently looked at her and explained that my yelling was not me being passive aggressive, but was an actual part of the gameplay. I was increasing the power of my magic so I could get done playing as fast as possible and be able to help her sooner. Thanks “Fable: The Journey!” Your adaptive and emergent controls got me out of trouble that Sunday.