It’s late and my head is a scribble of thought, all go go go. I browse the list of games already installed from Steam. I click FUEL, a game that takes too long to start up but can be difficult to put down.
Seems I last stopped in Drownington Cove so I go from there. FUEL doesn’t really care that much, I could start from any helipad or challenge I’ve found on the world map. But this would require thought.
Twenty-five minutes have elapsed and the short experience has been enough to quieten my mind and encourage me to go to bed.
When I purchased FUEL, I had imagined myself an explorer. I would never have bought a game that was just an aimless driving simulation set in a vast but empty post-apocalyptic world. So why is it I spend more time in free ride mode and ignore the races and challenges and inane collectibles? Maybe what I really wanted, but didn’t know it at the time, was what Five Players discussed just this week.
For now, driving across a dead world with nothing on my mind except direction, is the perfect meditation for the late-night soul.