Gaming with Mio Padre
As a little girl I always loved watching my dad play games, and he was the one I went to whenever I couldn't get past a difficult--but uber easy now that I'm older--part. I remember watching him play Diablo and Diablo 2, desperately wanting to play. When he did let me play, I could barely push myself past the Blood Moors in Diablo 2. Do you remember the Xena: Warrior Princess show from years ago? I played the game to death, and he helped me through the same hard boss puzzles the multiple times I fought through it. As my video game influencer, I figured I should ask mon cher père.
Context: He's a busy guy as a graphic designer and his gaming days have slowed down, but games are our bonding time when we're 900 miles apart. Mostly insane Diablo 2 binges. And just today, I convinced him to get Borderlands, so we're gonna have a ball exploring Pandora in the next few weeks.
What's your favorite video game of all time?
"Quake 3 Arena."
What would be a close second?
"Oh. Diablo 2."
Why do those two games appeal to you most?
"For Quake, it's the multiplayer, mods, and fast speed pretty much.
I enjoy Diablo's art, the way the character art/animation improve with your level, addictive gameplay...
Necromancers are sweet. It's addictive, I must like it."
What's the earliest game you remember playing?
"Pong. On a machine that only played Pong - in the '70s. I imagine people aren't going to know what Pong is anymore--'Pong? What's that? '70s whaa?' So. Old."
What do you look for in games nowadays if the mood strikes?
"I guess a name I can trust like Id or Blizzard. I don't get just any video game."Originally Published Jul. 15th 2013