We’ve talked before about various methods of traversal in open-world games. Some games get it right, and some get it very wrong. Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V gets it mostly right. Driving the streets while jamming to the in-game radio is a great way to get immersed in the faux SoCal setting. On the other hand, the times when the player isn’t in a car can be frustrating. Walking and running is sometimes a chore thanks to the slow shuffle, goofy turns, and Rockstar’s insistence making you hammer a button to get your character to run.
Color me surprised then that Super Meat Boy co-creator Tommy Refenes has been walking across Los Santos to raise money for family medical needs. Just ambling along. It took him a little over six hours to make it from one end of the open-world to the other. He started streaming his Grand Theft Auto V march on October 9th to get donations to pay for his mother’s service dog. Once the pledges passed the $15,000 goal, Refenes vowed to put the extra money raised towards another person’s dog. He’s since walked across the maps of Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Maybe casually strolling through open-world games is a better option than violently careening through traffic, while shooting an Uzi? Nah.