I can't believe I was away a whole week, well not away, I did check in on other bloggers, but I didn't post. I want to say at least this was not laziness on my part, but a giant influx of writing this week. I am trying to have Ashes ready for August and so it is taking a lot of work. Anyway I hope that I can manage both better this week.
I also want to mention that I did an interview for ELEMENTAL at Falling 4 Fiction, please go and check it out and say hey.
Alright onto my post. Inspiration Friday. Every Friday I find a topic and give three things from that topic that inspire me. This is not a favorites list necessarily, though they are some of my favorite things. This weeks theme is Video Games.
In the past three decades gaming has not only become popular it has become as relevant and influential as any other medium of entertainment. Yes I know 70s rocked the arcades, but once we got to have consoles and computers in our home that could be played minus the coin, the clothes and the need to walk/drive anywhere—gaming was here to stay.
As a child of the 80s, well 82 and up, I can still remember the Atari. I rocked it out to Zelda and Mario at friends houses. I got my first system—a Sega Genesis— with the game Sonic included and never looked back. There were so many games that influenced me in my creativity. I think today I will look at immersion when picking my three.
Okay first up we have Final Fantasy VII. If I am honest many of the FF games can fall into this category easily. The first game actually appeared in 1987 in Japan and was the creators last effort to find success in the gaming world. Boy did he succeed FF is Square Enix's best selling game to date. I mean it holds Guinness Book world records and spawned an MMO. So why 7? Well I didn't have all the new toys growing up and was never on the cutting edge of what was coming out in the tech world. One Christmas I was lucky enough that my grandmother bought me and my sister a PlayStation and with it, this game. I honestly can't say if my sister ever even touched the thing, that was how much I was on it. I had never encountered anything like this before. The story, the world, the characters, it was really like I was in a book and more so than any movie or game I'd ever watched/played before. I remember after playing weeks and weeks, my girlfriend at the time deleted my file and it was like she killed my best friend. I loved the game so much that after I pulled myself together I restarted it all over again. I was on this amazing ride that I don't think I have ever experienced since in a game. When certain characters died I felt it. Now the game went on to have this "Fanboy" following which has earned it a bad name to some people, but for me I had no idea I was supposed to like it, I just knew I did. When they released news about the PS4, FF's creator came on stage and talked about how 16 years ago they joined PS with FF7 it hit me just how long this game has stayed with me. I still have my copy and will be thankful to this game for how it made me feel and what it taught me about story.
Okay I know lots of text on that one I will keep these next two short. Next is Skyrim. Much like the FF series, the Elder scrolls put out in depth stories with wide open worlds and tons of interaction with everything around you. Their last installment was no exception, in fact it blew all the others out of the water. Character customization and a world so open you literally are able to tell your own story, this game is a fantasy writer's dream.
Last we have Tomb Raider. Now I know some of you may say, but you like strong female characters why would this game that offended so many woman inspire you? Well, I guess I saw past the over sized bosom and short shorts that brought so many guys in to play these games. Lara was strong, intelligent and resourceful and I dare anyone to romp around ruins in daisy dukes. The games had these great puzzles that would literally have people stuck for hours. The games started to wane in quality after a while. I sadly thought the franchise dead, but this last year I got to play the new tomb raider and it was all of the Lara Croft I loved without any of the male generated exaggerations The story of this game was intense and the game play and graphics just aided in every moment of it.
Anway here is my list don't forget to go check out Falling for Fiction and say, Hi. As always have fun and keep writing.
If I'm away for the day, I don't post either, although I usually visit my core blogger buddies. (Which is getting more difficult...)ReplyDelete
Final Fantasy was just such an epic series. And Skyrim just blows away other console games.
I'm inspired by anything put out by Blizzard. Those guys heed to create their own movies.
I agree, I almost posted WoW on here, but I have a conflict with that game. It is inspirational, but it was also so consuming at times I didn't write at all.Delete
I wish I could draw.ReplyDelete
You can, just keep doing it and have fun with it. Soon you will surprise yourself.Delete
Haha it looks like you are not going to win :DReplyDelete
I don't have much experience with gaming... my brother took over too.. #selfishbrothers (Yeah, I did that) I did play some Mario on Atari way back when though... and broke a control because I was too desperate lol
Hey it's our job as brothers, #youwnetthere.Delete
It is never too late to become a gamer :).
Go writing!!! That's awesome you had a great writing week.ReplyDelete
Yeah, I'm glad as well.Delete
It's really good that you wrote a lot. That needs to take precedence over blogging. I've just never felt interested in gaming. I was the mean mom whose kids didn't get to have a Nintendo, and now they thank me for it.ReplyDelete
As a parent who gamed and games still, I knew my kids would. Luckily we all like to split our time gaming and movies, but also love our outdoors.Delete
I am not into the video games. My brothers are good with them but no matter how much they tried video games didn't appeal me. Yet, I liked to watch them play.ReplyDelete
yeah they aren't for everyone although the more time goes on I wonder if people should try them again. These days it's like playing a movie.Delete
FFVII is one of my favorites of all time. I recently (instead of actually playing it) found a youtube "Let's Play" series on FFVII and it's been playing in my office at work since then, while I fix computers and answer emails and what not.ReplyDelete
I loved Skyrim. Sandbox / Free roam games are some of my favorite and I've found that I have to limit myself to one at a time these days or I'd get no writing done at all.
oh, by the way, I'd totally romp around ruins in daisy dukes!
Yeah I just downloaded it off Playstation network so I can play it on my PS3.Delete
You can get lost in them for sure.
Ha, well you know what me too....it is starting to sound like a daisy duke ruin romping party is about to go down.