Gaming Grandma’s happy place
In recent weeks, there’s been little news worth hearing and tv has devolved into holiday specials and reruns. The only channel I watch much anymore is the Weather Channel.
As a result, since its release on October 26, I’ve been spending a great deal of time with my newest favorite video game, Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s a huge, realistic, exquisitely detailed world, set in the fading Old West of about 1899.
Yep, for those who care at all, the Gaming Grandma is alive and well … and still gaming. And these videos will give you an idea of the country I’m roaming these days, which ranges from the arid Southwest to snow-covered mountains to the swamps of the Gulf Coast to the coal mines of the Northeast. No voiceovers here; all music and sounds are directly from the game. Skip through bits and pieces as you wish (the snowy portion at the beginning runs more than 3 minutes):
The weather in this game is amazing and includes just about everything you might imagine, depending on your location. Gentle showers, blizzards, mist and fog, dust storms, thunderstorms so realistic that I sometimes think a tornado is imminent. The wind rises, the sky darkens, the thunder cracks, and lightning splits the skies. Finally the rain comes in torrents. It’s only a game; you don’t have to run for cover. But the instinct is certainly there, as is the inclination to steer clear of tall, isolated trees when there’s lightning.
Anyway, for someone who couldn’t get enough horses and cowboys as a girl, this game is pure escapism.
Okay, time for me to saddle up and hit the trail. I’ve got miles to ride and horses to find. (There are 19 different breeds, each available in several different coats, and with accurate, distinctive breed characteristics.)