I have been playing Eastshade for four days now, and it has been
In fact, it’s been so much fun that I did a little more investigating and I discovered (via this recent, thoughtful video essay and
So, I have decided that I am going to include a very specific (and rare) kind of game to what I cover on the RyanSchultz.com blog. I will now be including those games which meet the following two criteria:
- the game is not focused on combat and killing, but exploring and/or puzzle solving; and
- the game features an open world in which you can freely explore.
The key similarity between social VR/virtual worlds and non-combat, open-world games is that they allow you to navigate and explore freely, and interact with your environment. The key difference between social VR/virtual worlds and these sort of games is that the latter do not allow for multiple users in the same experience (you are alone in that world, except for NPCs). You cannot share your experience with other people. But I find these sorts of games to be so fascinating (and personally fulfilling to play) that I am broadening the scope of this blog to include them, and creating a separate list of non-combat, open-world games on the sidebar of this blog.