What did you play last week?

Fuser game
(Image credit: Harmonix)

Tyler Wilde played Fuser, the mash-up DJ simulator. It autotunes vocal tracks to suit whatever you drop them into, which means you can cram All Star by Smash Mouth into a lot of places it shouldn't go. If you're a monster like Tyler, that is. I thought this was funny at first, but now I've had All Star stuck in my head for two days straight.

Natalie Clayton played Half-Pint, which concentrates Half-Life into its greatest hits. It's part of the TWHL Tower 2 mod, which presents you with a strange building with floors made by various Half-Life modders. Half-Pint takes the most memorable scenes and encounters from the first game and jams them into a scant handful of rooms on the 18th floor. It's Half-Life accelerated.

Jeremy Peel played Watch Dogs Legion, wishing he was playing Driver instead. Ubisoft Reflections does the driving bits in the Watch Dogs games these days, but once upon a time they were responsible for an entire series of their own open-world driving games, sometimes GTA-alikes, and at other times wild hallucinatory homages to Life on Mars.

Alan Dexter played World of Warcraft, speed-leveling some new characters. Though he's finding a lot to like about the more convenient, modern WoW, it does take away some of the reward of all that effort as well. It's an impossible problem really, at least if you're stuck trying to please the broad audience an MMO needs to survive.

Rachel Watts is still playing Among Us, still trying to get the card-swiping minigame right. It's all the stress of trying to pay for something when your bank card won't register while a queue of people wait behind you, multiplied by the possibility there's actually a killer standing there.

Enough about us. What about you? Are you playing Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and if so do you favor Lady Eivor or Guyvor? Have you turned someone's elbow into a hot dog in Bugsnax, or turned a masterpiece into another place to hide Smash Mouth in Fuser?

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.