Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.
John Carpenter’s The Thing is one of my favourite films. The physical effects are more convincing and grotesque than any computer-generated monstrosities I’ve seen, the cast are on fine form, and the setting is expansive yet claustrophobic, with some of the qualities of a locked-room mystery. When friends and critics claimed that a game had been made that used the license to portray the paranoia and horror of the whole thing, I was very excited indeed. But The Thing fell flat for me and I’ve never revisited to figure out exactly why.