So it’s been a while since there’s been an event or announcement that made me jump up and down and squeal in happiness. Past examples include any Harry Potter book release, each Lord of the Rings film debut, the announcement that The Hobbit was going to be made into movies, the even better announcement that Peter Jackson took over the directing of said Hobbit films, and realizing some of the best books I read last year were getting sequels. Yesterday it was the confirmation that my favorite video game franchise, Uncharted, was going to have another installment on the PS4. I’ve been waiting to hear that news for so long. Since the last game came out in 2011.
Now I know this isn’t writing related, and a lot of book enthusiasts look down on gaming as a lower medium and a distraction from reading. But the main reason I like games or movies or TV shows or anything outside of books is because they have a good story. All those things have scripts and character arcs and plot development, and it’s just as fun to watch them or play them as it is to read about them.
Being this excited for something is special whether it’s a book, movie, or game. It means that you can’t wait for the release because on that day you get to escape reality and immerse yourself in another world for a few minutes or hours. You get to explore someone else’s life, discover new things, and go on an adventure. If you’re reading that means gluing your eyes to the pages and zipping through them as fast as you can. If you’re watching a movie that means you’re tuning everything real out around you and allowing a moving image to touch your emotions and block out reality. If you’re gaming it means you get to be part of watching that journey unfold as you control the character and events in a set storyline. It’s the joy of discovery and wonder. It takes you away from your day-to-day and transports you somewhere you could never go on your own.
Uncharted started out as a game series but there’s talk of making it into a film, and it’s already been given a book counterpart which I’ve read. The same goes for Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. They are books, films, and games. You get to enjoy them over and over in a variety of ways, each different from the others and rewarding in various aspects.
Being a fan of something is about appreciating creativity and knowing that you’re in for an awesome story. It’s the fact that there is something so special to you that you don’t even need to know any details yet, but you do know you have to have it. You trust the other installments and know you won’t be disappointed.
It took one chapter of Harry Potter to hook me, twenty minutes of The Fellowship of the Ring to make me a diehard fan, and the first scene of Uncharted to make me loyal to the franchise. I read one book by my favorite author, Andrew Smith, and bought everything else he’s ever written. The same goes for music. If I could only listen to one band for the rest of time it would be The Gaslight Anthem. I know I won’t be disappointed. I know I can count on that book series, that film trilogy, this game franchise, that author, and this band. I’ve already taken a leap on them all, and I’ve always been caught in a tarp of awesomeness at the end of the fall.
You become fans of things for a reason. You follow updates, revisit the magic they hold time and again, and squeal and jump around for joy when a new announcement or development is made. You look towards these things for inspiration, comfort, happiness, and hold them as an example against other possible ventures. You want to know if they can hold up against your favorites.
At the end of the day you know your imagination will be in good hands. And you can’t wait for the chance to give in, hand it over, and experience the ride.
What was the last thing that made you nerd out and scream for joy? What are you a diehard fan of no matter what? How do you feel about comparing videogames to books? Reply below!
Link to the Uncharted book if games just aren’t for you:
Link to the trailer for the previous game in the franchise:
Link to Andrew Smith’s blog:
Link to The Gaslight Anthem’s website:
And be sure to check out yesterday’s post, an interview with author Patrick Donovan!
Link to his novel Demon Jack, only $1.99 for Kindle!