I’m sure you are immediately thinking, “Gee, another person who wants to write about video games.” Perhaps with a roll of your eyes and a small amount of sighing you open up the page anyway, hoping to see something new.

Well, that’s what I’m aiming for.

See, most video game blogs tend to either disseminate news about video gaming or to foist their opinions upon the gaming world as fact. Everything is, “Oooh, Legion comes out August 30, 2016” or “Here’s why Legion will revive the flagging Blizzard sub numbers for WoW.” And that’s fine. It’s factual reporting and opinion journalism.

But I wanted to do something different. For me, and I suspect a growing number of people, games are more than child’s play, some dirty nerdy secret you keep off your OkCupid profile. I wanted to treat video games and the stories they tell with respect from the start. How many of us can honestly say we haven’t been emotionally affected by a video game story at one time or another? Whether it’s enjoyment at the fabulous graphics, the moving story, the sexy characters, the ability to relieve one’s stress, to draw people together either virtually or otherwise, video games have had an increasing presence in our lives.

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Who can resist this touching moment from The Last of Us? Fear not my friends, weep away.

So in this blog I strive to produce commentary on the games’ stories with a few objectives.

  1. To immerse ourselves fully into the story so we may learn as much as possible.
  2. To identify effects the story may have on society or us as individuals.
  3. To reinforce the emerging idea that video games are indeed literature.

Literature?

Surely, you jest! Literature is Shakespeare, Milton, Joyce, DuBois, and perhaps Stephen King (he will never, ever die). While this is all true, as technology advances so too must our ideas of what constitutes literature advance. Literature began as oral tales (heeey Beowulf), moved into print (thanks Joannes), and now has some root in film. Why not video games? There’s text, images, a plot… it’s an interactive book with moving pictures. It’s the future of literature. We’ve moved from oral tales of godly heroes slaying dragons around the campfire to moving the godly heroes with our thumbs (soon VR will get rid of that… more on this soon) in our living rooms, connected to thousands of other humans via the internet. Video games have all of the criteria for literature, and this blog treats them with the same respect as the famous bard from Stratford-upon-Avon commands.

So please, comment, debate (nicely), exclaim, dance, have at it. Let’s dig into these fantastic stories and find out what we’ve been missing.

 

 

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