It's Saturday, it's 10am, and it's spinning. This means it's time to ask: what are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're all clicking on.
This weekend I will be playing Wheels of Aurelia
, a game about picking up hitchhikers and having conversations with them while driving across Italy. It's gorgeous, laid-back and (so far) makes me feel very happy. Pip might be having a real holiday but I'll be having a very decent pretend holiday.
I'm on a mild Star Trek kick at the moment, like a frightening number of people my age - combination of the anniversary year and TNG popping up on Netflix, I guess. So I'm tempted to finally play Star Trek: Judgement Rites
, sequel to the oddly great point and click adventure 25th Anniversary, which I've never got around to before now. Of course it's 2016 and pixel-hunt puzzles make me pray for a swift and painless redshirt death of my own, but I just dig the idea of Shatner, Nimoy and chums sounding vaguely confused for a few more hours of cutely-cartoony videogame.
I need to sleep forever but haven't played Devil Daggers
all week and worry I'll lose my touch if I want much longer. I can autopilot the first three minutes now. Or I could. I could do that. I don't know about now. I'm so tired.
This weekend I will download four random things from the bestseller list on Steam and play each of them in turn for seven minutes in a fit of ennui. I will sigh, close Steam and refresh Twitter fourteen times. I will load up Overwatch, blink at the menu screen with slow, heavy eyelids, close Overwatch without playing it, and then cycle through my YouTube subscriptions in search of The One Game I Want To Play But Don’t Know What It Is Yet. I will download Duelyst
within the first minute of watching one video, and turn off my computer before the download is finished. I will lie on the couch for twenty-five minutes and think about watching Narcos. But I will not watch Narcos.
I've fallen for Curious Expedition
this past week and haven't had much time to play it, so I'd like to take a few more trips through the great unknown with my intrepid explorers. It's great at being eventful in a really short space of time, spinning tales from each decision you make, and it's super easy to play even without bothering with its tutorial. I don't know why there aren't more games like it or more people talking about it.
This weekend I will be playing sneezing and blowing my nose and whimpering and wishing for happier times. And maybe playing some games on my phone while I beg for Lemsips.
This weekend I will be playing BEING ON HOLIDAY! Gaming will probably seep back in during the latter half of the week but this weekend is for walking and reclining and the windswept UK seaside and toasted crumpets with butter and being a climbing frame for various young relatives.
But you, dearest reader, what are you playing?