Valve (makers of the famous Half-Life series of games) just released a bundle of five games that I find incredibly compelling. They’re calling the bundle The Orange Box. Three of them are brand new games, and they threw two previously-released games into the bundle just to make it super-compelling for the price.
I couldn’t say which game is the best, but after watching this trailer (also embedded below) for the game called “Portal” I couldn’t help but get excited. The mood they create in their games is incredibly thick. I find it irresistible. Their games seem much deeper to me than would be required by a simple “shoot everything that moves” mentality, and I appreciate their contributions for that reason. Gaming would be better if more games were like theirs.
On a personal note, there are arguably five platforms on which one might release a game these days: the PC, the Mac, the Xbox 360, the Playstation 3, and the Nintendo Wii. I own a Mac and a Wii. Valve has released or is about to release The Orange Box for the other three platforms. There are no plans to make The Orange Box for the ones I own.
Thank God for Boot Camp. Now, to buy a Mac that can run these games well.