From: "Jacob G. Corbin"
Subject: Re: (urth) game, bowie, Knight Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 04:25:31 -0500 As long as we're on the subject of games, I played one a while back (as I was rereading NEW SUN, in fact - confluence!) that I think folks on the list might get a kick out of - "Planescape: Torment". Technically, the game is fantastic; lovely evocative graphics, haunting music, and decent-to-excellent voice-acting. But the story - as PC games go - is marvelous, and clearly heavily influenced by the heavyweights of what we might loosely call "dark fantasy" - Peake, Carroll, Moorcock, and yes, possibly even Wolfe. The neat trick of the game is that it can be gotten through almost exclusively through dialogue - mad twitchy button-pushing skillz are wholly unnecessary - and the wonder is that much of the writing is actually pretty good. You play an amnesiac immortal who awakens in an interdimensional megalopolis populated by illicit arms-dealing angels, hive-mind robots, cultists of various stripes, and even a pregnant sentient city block. There're also very strong (and not wholly ironic, either) Christian overtones, for those of you whose fancy that might tickle. The proceedings resonated very nicely with NEW SUN, especially inasmuch as the ending was left pleasingly ambiguous. Good stuff, and a deal at the 5-odd bucks it can be had for at Best Buy. Jacob G. Corbin --