- Have you ever played a game and got to a point that just frustrates the heck out of you and no matter how many times you try you just can't complete a task/perform a jump/find a switch?
That's the point that I'm tempted to toss the controller across the room.
That point hit me while playing Mirror's Edge the other day, the parkour-inspired game where you're a futuristic courier on the run who must bounce, jump, swing and wall-run from the pursuing police. All had been going well until I came to a section where I had to wall-run, jump then turn and grab on to a bar. Do you think I could do it first go? If you answered no, you'd be right.
After about 15 minutes I was still trying to master the move, but generally ended up on my back on the floor below or missing the wall run completely and just dropped to the floor below me.
I think that was when I tossed the controller on to the couch - gently, mind you, as I'm too tight to buy a new one - muttered a couple of choice expletives and turned the game off. I came back to it later that night after I'd cooled down, where I managed to complete the maneuver and move on.
Sometimes leaving something, cooling down, then returning to it can pay dividends, but sometimes I wonder whether game makers sometimes expect...