Art, I just snorted ice tea out my nose reading your list. I DO love Hidden Object and Escape Games, but it's those little details that make me wonder about the alternate reality the people live in. One of my favorite escape game sites is Melting Mindz. And It is a complete mystery to me why I can pick up the gold coins (that kind of allows you to see your score along the way) that are, say, hidden in tree tops and on roof tops without trouble--but I need to find the ladder in order to get the key that is right next to the gold coin I just picked off the same roof top.
Also, I've been playing a bunch of HO games in which a person appears to one side of the screen (and have been created to appear as if they are breathing, which is creepy) and tells you you need to help clear out the tent of the following items in order to help catch the bad guy. How is me finding the broken tea pot helping to catch the bad guy? Clearly, he doesn't have it, it has no magic over him, and it doesn't carry a clue inside--it's just part of the rubbish-filled vista before me. So what connection does it have to the theme?
I know it's a game and I know I'm being silly, and I really am utterly addicted to them beyond measure (which is why I gave them up for Lent and let me tell you, it's a bigger struggle not to play them than it is not to eat chocolate) but I keep thinking there is a story opportunity that's lost. (HOW did the chocolate handprint get on the windowsill to begin with?)
Luci, I've read enough of Art's posts to believe that the post was meant to be fondly funny as my initial post was. Like I said, I love
these games myself, but when I stop to think about the logic, "traditional" me goes "what?