I finally got around to reading through Game Informer’s 10-page preview of Fear and Respect today on the metro. The preview is full of some great quote from John Singletary, Snoop Dogg, and others that actually have something interesting to say about video games and the direction the industry is going. The real clincher for me, though, was the two-page introduction that details a scene in the life of a gang member in the second person:
There is a gun in your hand. It’s pointed at his temple. He’s kneeling on the floor, pleading for mercy, You look at the ugly grey carpet on the floor below you. It’s the cheap kind, hard and uncomfortable, the kind they put in hospital waiting rooms and apartment buildings like this one. If you pull the trigger, you will put his brains on that carpet. It occurs to you that you don’t even know what brains look like. Do they look like they do in horror movies? One flinch of your right index finger and you will find out.
Compelling stuff. This intro. hooked me in and practically made me read through the whole piece, and I’m glad I did. If the actual game packs as much emotion into its scenes, I will be a fan (I will also be a bit surprised).