Loading screens: the bane of every gamer's existence. Oh, the rage that bubbles up inside when “NOW LOADING” or some variant bursts onto the scene. It’s a necessary evil. Until we’ve advanced beyond the dreaded Mass Effect elevators, we’re stuck with these stagnant staples of video game design.
Fortunately, some offer a little diversion – sort of like line entertainment at E3, only without the body odor. With Namco handling the patent for these interactive loading screens, it's not certain we’ll see many more in the future. With that in mind, here are ten of the best examples to date.