December 10, 2002

Running the Gauntlet

A while back I talked about playing GAUNTLET: Dark Legacy on our GameCube while my adoring fans, David and James, watch in awe as I slay fierce and evil villains. There have been new developments in the last week or so; Gauntlet is a cooperative game for up to four players. So we got some more controllers, and now David and James will sometimes play along. David's getting pretty good at it, though James idea of how to play is to run headlong into danger, opening as many treasure chests as he can and shrieking with glee when he picks up an object. He's not to clear on how it all works, so on those occasions when his character ("Green Dwarf") survives to the end of level he gives me a big adoring hug and says, "Daddy! You saved me!" (James is three, by the way).

Anyway, today marks a major milestone; my original character, playing alone, completed the last couple of levels, destroying the evil mage Garm and purging the Realms of his evil. David was very impressed. I was perhaps a little dismayed by the final statistics; over the last four of five months, I've spent almost 48 hours getting to the conclusion. And that doesn't count the time spent playing with the boys. If nothing else, I can honestly say I've gotten my money's worth.

Posted by Will Duquette at December 10, 2002 06:52 PM