Gaming has always been a passion of mine. I was around seven or eight when I received an SNES. It was the first console I ever had and still have to this day. Super Mario World and the SNES, started a fire that hasn’t been put out.
I have always seen the medium as a higher form of art and as evidence of the determination to leap into the future. Gaming is an industry that doesn’t stop for anything. It pushes technology every year, tells deep compelling stories and brings together a world, regardless of location.
I look for a future in game journalism because this is the door to bringing people together. This medium can take a man in Mexico, put him in a team with a woman in Russia and have them cooperate to complete a specific objective; all while having fun. Online interactions may have their ups and downs, but through what other entertainment medium can you find the love of your life, while exploring a world outside of our own.
“Hours evaporated as they discussed everything from their families to their futures. Sometime before dawn, Ms. Langman realized that while she was in the fictional world of Azeroth, she was also on a date.”
Stories were not just in books and movies anymore. Video games were now a way for you to play out each story and put you in the shoes of the protagonist or villain. For example, in 2001’s Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2, you can choose to play as the Allied Forces or the Soviet. Both with their own story line that decided the fate of the world when the game was finished. Other games, such as 2014’s The Last of Us, told a gritty story about human survival, but the raw emotion and tense situations that the player experienced proved that some stories are better on some form of medium than others. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but how much is it worth to be in the middle of a story and make a choice that affects the ending?
You also see the growth in human imagination as technology improves. Gaming at its early stages were just small squares moving up and down the screen. It later grew into pixelated sprites that showed more character, emotion and growth with each new game. Games evolved with each passing year. From E.T (which almost killed the video game industry), to Mega-Man to Final Fantasy VII, gaming has improved so much relative to other mediums. Comparisons are awe-inspiring as you see a completely new world that you can learn and travel to. Luckily for us, games like The Witcher 3, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Battlefield One are taking us to different locations we can only imagine.