I Played Gone Home and it Ruled
Have you played Gone Home yet? If your answer is no, stop reading this and immediately go do so, you'll thank me in end. Gone Home was released back in 2013 and at the time, I was going through a bit of a slump with video games. Unfortunately that led to Gone Home being one of those “it just slipped past me” kind of experiences. Now the game has finally been released on current generation home consoles, PS4 and Xbox One. The excitement surrounding the console release nudged me to finally give the game a fair shot, and boy am I glad that I did. Indeed, now that Gone Home is available on home consoles, I booted up Steam and downloaded the version that I have had access to for over two years!
After years of hearing people in the gaming community talk about how fantastic this game is, I am glad that I can finally say I understand why. Through all the chat surrounding this game over the years, I am shocked that I have managed to remain spoiler free from any major plot details. This resulted in a completely naturally and fresh reaction to the game when I finally played it. In an attempt to keep this article spoiler free, I will not be going into further detail. With that said, I can provide a reason why you should play Gone Home.
Gone Home is a one of those games that we will be crediting in 50 years when society properly accepts video games as a form of art. This game requires the player to interact with such an emotional story in a way that a book or movie could never really do. When you watch a movie, you have to sit back and watch the events unfold. When you play Gone Home, you have to control the character to progress the game. This active role in the experience causes the game to be so much more engaging, ultimately making the connection a much more personal one. Even if you are hesitant about what awaits you in the next room, you will never find out what is really in store until you go in there yourself.
The experience I had with this game was so special that I do not know if I could play it again. Now that I know what happens, I don’t know that I can go through it again. It is a tough ride to go through and during it, you feel like the events are real. I felt like Sam’s life was happening in real life and I was discovering who she was myself. I wasn't simply “along for the ride”, I was the cause for the ride. Gone Home is not your typical game that you will beat over the course of a dozen plays. The best way to experience it is in one sitting. I suggest that you put on headphones and play it alone. If you can handle the anxiety inducing experience, play it at night. The more isolated of an experience you can have, the better.
Gone Home is a masterpiece of a game. I implore anyone to play it! You will truly have an experience unlike any other. By the time the credits were rolling, I found myself sobbing for reasons that I still cannot quite explain. If you have two hours and a couple dollars to spend, please play this game. Get a taste of what is in store for the future of this median of art.