In complete honesty, I didn’t expect much from E3 2016. With the growing presence of the Internet, the need for a gargantuan press event seems to shrink by the day. However, the spectacle of E3 still makes me long for it. Like a kid wishing to go to Disneyland.
I spent most of E3 2016 watching the the most unlikely of candidates: Nintendo.
I need to make a special shout out for Sony. They delivered a press event that left people on the edge of their seats with nonstop, impressive showings with titles such as Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian, and a surprising empathetic twist on God of War (a bloodthirsty game that typically doesn’t appeal to me). Sony’s dive in VR this autumn was the cherry on top. Despite this, I spent most of E3 2016 watching the the most unlikely of candidates: Nintendo.
It has been a long time I’ve loved a game as much as I love Undertale. A game from humble beginnings, it truly is like coming across a mythical creature. Undertale is a unicorn in the gaming world. Odd, beautiful, and rarely, if ever, seen. I wholeheartedly recommend experiencing this game for yourself. If you have any intention of doing so, you’ve been warned: there are spoilers ahead.
Recently, I watched a cartoon series called Avatar: The Last Airbender.
While watching this show I felt a familiar and missed sensation. A euphoric feeling that connected me spiritually with the characters, the world, and the story they were telling. It is a moment of bliss that lingers long after the ending, leaving me yearning for more. Naturally, I wanted to examine this further and explore the inner workings of why I was so moved by this story.
That’s when I stumbled upon Avatar co-creator Mike DiMartino’s blog titled “Why Story Matters.” It almost seems inappropriate to dub it merely a blog, because, for me, I felt as if I discovered a magical tome rich with insight about the mysterious art of storytelling.
We need stories so much that we’re even willing to read bad books to get them, if the good books won’t supply them. We all need stories, but children are more frank about it.
DiMartino kicked off his blog with a quote from Philip Pullman: “We need stories so much that we’re even willing to read bad books to get them if the good books won’t supply them. We all need stories, but children are more frank about it.” DiMartino emphasized that stories are not simply entertainment, they are an essential part of life. “They help us understand the world around us, help guide us how to live, and show us the potential of what we can become.” His words deeply resonated with me. I finally found an explanation that effectively describes my passion and drive, and that’s when it hit me. All this time, I desired to be a storyteller.
They help us understand the world around us, help guide us how to live, and show us the potential of what we can become.
I’ve long described myself as someone who is “passionate about video games and their ability to entertain and inspire others.” I authored this self-descriptive little phrase years ago, but DiMartino’s words better reflect my inner-most thoughts on the matter. Truthfully, my passion isn’t limited to just games. This is why I’ve dabbled in many forms of expression: music, theater, art, photography, game design, writing, etc. I was trying out various methods of storytelling.
I truly believe that stories have the power to change lives and enrich our existence as human beings. My greatest desire is to one day be involved in crafting a story that is meaningful to someone else, just like how many stories, including Avatar, were meaningful for me.
I want to continue pushing forward with this. Following a suggestion by DiMartino, reading “Stealing Fire from the Gods” by James Bonnet seems like a solid step forward. I would also like to read the Avatar comics too.