Published by Versus Evil
Released in 2021
I sit next to a taxi driver on a journey home from work one day. I’m tapping away at my phone, and the driver seems to be more and more disgruntled that I’m paying him no attention.
“You’re sending a lot of messages there mate” he says, his eyes thankfully fixed on the road.
“I’m writing about something on the Nintendo” I reply, as if it a thing normal people spend their days doing.
“Ah, right” he says stifling a laugh. “My kids play those. You writing about the shooting one, or the digging one?” My taxi driver clearly has a knowledge of video games that doesn’t extend beyond ‘Fortnight’ and ‘Minecraft’.
“Actually it’s a game about humanity’s dependence on memories to define our existence and how recollection of the past can be distorted and manipulated, to suit the present’s need for survival and recovery”. My reply is admittedly filled with a hint of arrogance and condescension but, he did ask what I was writing about!
The taxi driver snorts. “Doesn’t sound like a fun game.”
And that’s where he’s wrong again on two counts. ‘Hitch Hiker’ is incredible, but it isn’t strictly a game. We sit for the rest of the journey in an awkward silence.