Why Half-Life: Alyx is my game of the year
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Half-Life 2 is one of the last things that makes me feel like a fan, and thatâs why I was afraid of Half-Life: Alyx.
Writing about video games changed my relationship with the medium. Iâm used to analyzing exactly why I like my favorite games. Meeting developers has helped me see their work as an idiosyncratic human creation, not a magical self-contained artifact. Iâve encountered the worst of fan culture, and itâs made me wary of deep, unconditional, inarticulable loyalty to media.
For some reason, though, Half-Life 2 and its follow-up episodes are special. Theyâre not my favorite games, or even my favorite Half-Life games. Like a robot short-circuiting while trying to articulate the concept of…