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Morning Hangover #2: Attention Spans Plus Harry Potter And The Half-Assed Game

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Posted June 30, 2009 - By r_pad


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Welcome to "Morning Hangover" -- an excellent way to start your day with the crew at TheFeed...no matter what you're recovering from. Every morning you'll hear musings from two of TheFeed's editors and have the chance to share  your thoughts on what's going on in the gaming world. So buckle up, have a buffered analgesic or two, and keep reading!

Raymond Padilla: Reading comments from TheFeed faithful about all the different games they play in a month always amazes me. That's just not the way I play games (for personal pleasure -- playing games for work is another story entirely). I'm not blessed with the world's greatest attention span, but if I'm into a game then I'm into it for weeks. Sure, I'll play something else for 30 minutes or so to change the pace, but for the most part I stay with one game for at least four weeks. For example, I'm about to hit my third week of playing Final Fantasy VII. I'll probably be playing for at least another two weeks. I've totally stopped the main quest so I can breed some prize chocobos. My blue and green chocobos need to win a few more races before they can mate for a black chocobo (which will be named Leahy). In a day or two, I should have an awesome gold chocobo that can walk across oceans! Any suggestions for a name? More importantly, how do you guys play your games? Are you constantly swapping out discs? Or do you stay with one game for weeks at a time?

Harry Potter and the Half-Assed Game

Patrick Klepek: I have sad news to report: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince isn't very good. If you were to judge Electronic Arts' latest attempt to adapt Harry Potter to a video game only in terms of mapping spell casting to a Wiimote, it's brilliant. Harry Potter has been an unexpected killer app for both the Wii and Electronic Arts, but unfortunately, outside of the wand mechanics, it's just like every other licensed video game. It's especially disheartening because Half-Blood Prince is one of my favorite books in the series, one that features a gut-wrenching finale that's completely lost in the video game. Considering how much money these games make for Electronic Arts, I hope it treats the final tale with a little more dramatic respect. It deserves it.

TheFeed gang wants your thoughts on gaming, tech, the return of Steve Jobs, and more. Let everyone know what you're thinking and chat it up with your fellow readers. The reader with the best comment will get one of Brian Leahy's left socks.

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