Have you ever been so engaged in a game that you could not pull yourself away from it? That is the idea behind "complete immersion". This article talks about the basic ways game companies have had their customers immersed in their games.
yeah! Tomb raider on sega saturn, metroid prime on gc and shenmue spring to mind.
I have ever been is when I got metal gear solid 2 for my birthday back in the day, I put it on at 9am and after what felt like an hour of gaming I looked at the clock to find it was 8 pm in the evening :D
MGS2 was my first gaming experience playing it on 5.1 surround sound. It made a HUGE difference in the immersion. I still recall the sound in the beginning where the waves crashed against the ship.
Man there are a lot of games that have done that for me. Half-Life, Homeworld 1 and 2, Mass Effect, Brothers in Arms, GTA 4, Advent Rising, and currently Max Payne 3.
One game that really had me immersed was the Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. It had more of a morbid overtone than Ocarina of Time and the whole three-day span concept kept me glued to the screen for three actual days.
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