Even my favorite game of all times, Knights of the Old Republic (
Even my favorite game of all times, Knights of the Old Republic (<lj-user="trekhead"> will say KOTORII is better, but I beg to differ) is something I barely remember. I remember some of the characters I really liked, some of the gameplay elements, and I remember that the story was what the Star Wars prequels really ought to have been - the surprise fall and redemption of a mysterious figure that the player is chasing throughout the game, only to find that it's him! But the details all elude me, little of the dialogue has stuck (unlike a similarly beloved movie), the plot other than its broadest outlines is gone from my head, and I certainly don't remember any of the sound effects. Contrast to a movie or book that I loved from around the same time period...and in a word, it's forgettable.
And this is my favorite game of all time! So what is it about them that's so intriguing? Is it all just a huge waste of time? Have I frittered countless hours of my life away, accomplishing nothing? What if I'd spent that time writing instead? Painting? Exercising? Practicing Aikido?