By RJPelonia 2 Comments
I just spent over two hours virtually cleaning a virtual space station that as of right now doesn't really give you any virtual reward besides a feeling of a virtual job well done.
I purchased Viscera Cleanup Detail after watching Vinny and Brad's Unfinished video and learning that it was only $7.99. I immediately booted up the game, started playing an episode of the Bombcast on my phone and began the arduous task of intricately scrubbing to the finest detail in the not-Dead Space lab you see in the video. Cleaning up every single blood stain, moving buckets and baskets to and fro, picking up every single bullet shell and body part I saw. Nothing but this for over two hours.
And I loved every minute of it.
I didn't take any "before" screenshots of the lab, so just watch the video if you'd like to see a comparison of how the map starts.
Everything. The entire lab to my eyes: Now spotless. Buckets were spilled, giblets were scattered, a few things accidentally broken due to physics-mishaps, but I took the time to make sure everything was nice and tidy for people to begin working here again or for another hero to show up and ruin everything again or whatever the hell was going to happen afterwards. And what do I get after I feel confident from my hard work and punch-out?
Some pieces of paper telling me I "missed a few spots".
Was I angry? Not at all. Saddened? Maybe a tiny bit, but not really. I actually still felt pretty good. I mean, I couldn't really blame the game. I didn't know until after the fact that the gun you see in the Unfinished video is actually a welding gun meant to fix/cover bullet holes and I had completely forgot about using the sniffing tool (the MuckGyver) to try and find anything I might've missed. Nonetheless, I came in to the game knowing there wasn't going to be some grand reward at the end, a new mode to unlock, an ending to see. That's kind of expected of an Early Access game, but unregardless of that, to knowingly sink two hours in a video game, a video game where you do nothing but SLOWLY CLEAN, many people might say that's silly or even insane. And I'd probably agree. But for reasons I wish I could explain, it was just so much fun. If you have even the slightest interest in this game, I highly recommend buying it and trying it right now (or when you have a fair bit of time to kill). And if you think this game is a dumb idea and hate it, well that's fine too and I can't really blame you for thinking that. You're not entirely wrong. As for me though, I'll be getting my virtual mop ready for my next virtual game location to virtually clean. Virtually.
(As a post-note to all this, the multiplayer is currently pretty borked, but when it does become more stable or when the full version gets released I would love to virtually clean with my fellow virtual Giant Bomb duders as I'm sure others would too. If you'd be interested in becoming a VinnCo Cleaning Service member, let it be known and let's figure this out down the line.)