Lunchtime Discussion: Snow

Yes I am aware we already did weather. In fact most of the post is about snow, but I don’t care. It’s freezing (mostly because my jeans got wet when playing in the snow so I’m wearing a random pair of shorts) and there’s a good few inches of snow in Brighton right now, probably more by morning. With most of the country grinding to a halt, something that only the British seem to do even though it hits us most years, how could I not write about snow in games? Or snow in general in fact?

At this very second every bus service in the fair city of Brighton is suspended, and it looks like the trains are shut down as well. Essentially I’m going nowhere further than the corner shop, and even that will be viewed as a daring trek on par with an ascent of Everest. Nathan Drake never had these issues as he made his way through the snow, although I suppose it did look rather pretty. Then again it’s unlikely that Drake ever had to catch a bus in a British winter, he only had to defy death, a trivial activity by comparison.

Of course Roach and Soap probably had things a bit tougher at that Russian airfield in Modern Warfare 2, although it didn’t look quite as good as Drake’s snow. I don’t suppose it matters that much when Russians are chasing you down on snowmobiles, you probably don’t notice that marks in the snow don’t hang about quite as long. With all the snow blowing in your face it’s pretty hard to notice anyway.

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Where am I going with this? I’ve no idea really. How about some questions, are you enjoying the current snow? Do you have any? Is it irritating you? Do we have it tougher than Drake? Probably not in all honesty, catching a bus can be tricky but no-one is trying to kill me (most days).

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58 Comments

  1. Lethal paths in Northamptonshire and it really puts you off snow when it all freezes and you can’t walk but slide.

  2. been walking on the road in a few places as the ice is a bit slippery for my shoes which have no grip what so ever. apart from that we had a pathetic attempt at snow today, *sleet sorry, and now people are saying it snowing, im looking out my window and its a clear sky :P in cardiff by the way, just ice left which wont melt!!! its so annoying walking home from college

  3. I seriously don’t get it why snow in uncharted is so great. It just seems like texture and ugly white balls to me. Ice. Ice on that game looks terrific though. They really nailed it. Back on topic, I find SSX series have the best snow, simply because the game soesn’t just texture the path, but deforms it.

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