Intended as a companion piece to my "Why I didn't buy Alan Wake" post (recently featured on this week's (last week's?) Blog Herding (thanks, Annette!)), here's where I admit that I finally broke down and bought this game.

Yes, all of the encouragement in the last post, combined with the fact that I was between major games (not counting some XBLA games I'm playing, like Limbo and Puzzle Quest 2) meant that I was in the prime spot to finally drop the money for Alan Wake.  I just reached Episode 2 last night, and I have to say that it is enjoyable so far.  I do like the spooky atmosphere, but I am finding myself laughing at the game more than I probably should be.

Yes, that's because of those danged thermoses.  I don't know whether it's because I was so exposed to all of the jokes about them beforehand or what, but I'm finding myself not as immersed in the setting and gameplay as I could be.  I found Talk Radar's brilliant parody of this even funnier now that I have actually experienced what they are talking about (I encourage you to check it out if you've played the game and somehow missed my post, but it's funny even if you haven't played it).  I find myself running all over the place trying to make sure I don't miss any (I'm sure I have, though, as I think I missed a few manuscript pages in Episode 1 as well).  This really affects my being sucked into the story.

Readers of this blog may remember that the Xbox is in the living room, along with the computer, so I often play while the wife is at the computer.  She's actually watched me play this a little bit, but we both end up making thermos jokes like crazy.  When Episode 2 began back in New York, 3 years before the start of the game, with Alan arriving home and talking to his wife, my first thought (and joke with my wife) was "I'd better search the apartment for a thermos!"  And sure enough, there was one.

All of that being said, it *is* a fun game, and I'm enjoying it so far.  Blame Limbo for the fact that I'm not as far along as I might be, as I've been literally sucked into that one (Saint has a wonderful post on that up today, and I will be writing about it soon).

(Hey mister! There wouldn't happen to be a thermos over on those shelves, would there?)

But I will be playing this one more in due time.

So thanks to those of you who pushed me over the edge, having tipped my scales to the point where I decided to buy it.  I knew the day would come.

Thankfully, I'm not afraid of the dark.  And neither is Alan.  

Not with all that caffeine running through him.