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Monday, April 28, 2008

New Feature: Video Game Memories

Well, the work on the White Mage story is going well. Sometimes I have trouble getting started because I feel intimidated by all these great writers and stories I read, and then start realizing my own work is shit and I'd be better off writing fan fiction. Then I kickstart myself and just start writing. It feels like putting on a blindfold, gritting my teeth, then tapping on the keys and hoping that the 1,000 monkeys at 1,000 typewriters type something resembling prose.

Since I'm trying to avoid too much writing advice, and I'm avoiding self-deprecation, since there's only so much material I can get out of that, and I'm avoiding writing about my personal life, I may as well fill the space with a subject I love - video games.

I originally was going to put these on a personal web page, but that never happened, and now you get the benefit of my negligence. These are all games that I grew up with, from Super Mario Brothers 1 to Portal. Every one was important in evolving who I am now, not just as a gamer, but as a person. It might be sad to say, but yes, some of these games are as important as novels. They offer the experience of being a novel. I can't tell you how many times I talked to the screen when I was playing Half-Life.

Of course, it won't all be fun and games (see what I did there?). I won't just be talking about my memories. I'm going to focus on the storylines and writing as much as I can focus on - this is a writing blog after all. That won't be too hard, since a lot of these games I got for the story inside. Many of these influence my writing. Maybe not how I write, but what I write, and the subject matter I tend to focus on.

I know there are some video game fans who see the blog. My only post link was about Shadow of the Colossus and my essay on Half-Life 2 is getting some nice hits. There won't be any real rhythm to it - I'll just pick a random game every time and write my thoughts and memories about it. Maybe I'm deviating from being a writing blog, but I'm sure no one wants to hear "Got rejected again, my story sucks, I'll never be as good as Stephen King, I have no time to write" so many times.
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