Mediums of Storytelling- Videogames

The next couple blog posts will be on my experiences and thoughts with varying forms of storytelling and their influence on writing.  Reading is heavily influential on writing, after all writing begets writing.  Writing stories is not just about novels.  Television, movies, and videogames all involve this process.

I’ve been playing videogames since I was six years old.  It didn’t take long to learn about the stigma around the hobby.  Those who play videogames are often thought of as lonely childish men living in their parents’ basement.  Adults who haven’t played games before tend to think they are for children only, despite a good portion of them rated mature.

As a medium, videogames have evolved considerably since the 80s and 90s when they started to gain popularity.  Back in the day, story was secondary to gameplay, if it was even existent at all, outside of RPGs.  Now, compelling and inspiring stories are told through videogames, and subsequently are fuel for writing stories of my own.  Even when the story isn’t explicit through cut scenes or a plethora of text to read, certain series do it masterfully through the gameplay itself.  Castlevania, Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda games are just a few examples.

Sure, videogames are abused by some folks.  I had a roommate in college that would play World of Warcraft for 48 hours at a time sometimes.  He would rarely go to class and practically lived in front of his computer screen playing games.  Spending hours a day neglecting responsibility has been associated with videogames, along with provoking violence.  However, that is by far the minority.  Anything can be abused.  Television certainly is and has been since its invention.  I would even submit even reading for hours and hours on end isn’t healthy either.  Why?  We may be working our minds while reading but we are still sedentary.

Videogames are a way to gain visual inspiration just as television shows with deep stories.  Authors who are gamers shouldn’t be ashamed of, in fact we should embrace it as a means to dive into a world rich with inspiration.

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