Long ago, when we still huddled around the campfire in fear of screeching dot-matrix printers as they stalked the plains, walkthroughs used to be .txt files with ASCII art. Sometimes they had FAQs at the end suggesting a long and arcane history of beefs between competing writers. It was a different time. Now, you’re more likely to find a professionally written guide or an expansive wiki. Either that or have to scrub back and forth through a YouTube video with the sound turned down so you don’t have to listen to someone talk.

When’s the last time you looked up a walkthrough?

Here are our answers, plus some from our forum.

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Natalie Clayton: I s’pose I occasionally look up guides for loose quests or items, but the last time I went full “15 walkthrough tabs open” mode was in replaying Halo 3: ODST last year. I made it about halfway through collecting that game’s audio logs before realising I had no clue where to begin to find the rest—and with those logs telling a pretty solid little noir narrative, I wanted to see it through to completion. Cue me copying walkthrough maps into MS paint, checking off locations that I knew (or was fairly sure) I’d visited as my poor soldier stalked through rain-soaked Mombasa streets. I’m glad I did it, mind. That short story ties very nicely back into the main plot, and ODST’s jazz-infused midnight streets are a joy to inhabit.

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