Portal 2 introduced me to a new shiny world with a new jargon all of its own. I learned about push to talk and in game chat clients and how to play with someone else. I also set up my steam account (though it may have been earlier).
It isn’t that simple, in that you have to look at joint aims not just your own.
Portal 2 was – like the first version – very funny and again it was a puzzle – you needed to engage your brains. It wasn’t like the FPS, I reasoned, where you just go around on a killing spree. I now think that I had hugely underestimated most computer games. If it really was just point and shoot then people would pretty soon lose all interest in them. So we played Portal 2 and found that we talked about it, shared jokes about it, laughed together at it, and when we finally finished it together it was a huge high for us both. At long last I saw the point of games – doing them together.
But Portal 3 is a long way off, and so I returned to Transport tycoon, Bioshock and Civ5 whilst Beloved turned to Assassins Creed and other titles.