Recently, indie video game companies have created stunning animation and game design making them a competition against other gaming companies. Some are based on fears we have as children, while others take a page out of the history books. There are some who theorize the game, Bendy and the Ink Machine, is based on the feud Walt Disney had with Iwerks, a fellow animator while others see it as a tribute to how dark cartoons can become.
When I was growing up, I was introduced to point and click computer games. Many schools used these games for educational and entertainment purposes. For many these games were an introduction to gaming creating a love for other gaming consoles. Broken Age is a point and click game on the Playstation and Windows making many recall the style of games my generation grew up on.
Crash Bandicoot is one of Sony’s most popular franchises. Many wondered if they saw the success of Sega’s usage of a loveable mascot by having Sonic the Hedgehog and wanted to profit the same commercial success. They drew inspiration from Australia–New Guinea with bandicoots.
I have always enjoyed fighting games from Capcom, and at first, I believed the series was just that. A hack/slash game set in the universe of humans fighting demons. After playing the game, you get engrossed with the turmoil the characters are going through and you want the story to unfold further. Having siblings of my own, I understand the rift between them and the desire to mend fences. Family values are important to all the characters, showing it to either be a crutch or your salvation.
In video games, dragons are fearsome, monstrous beasts that the hero must defeat to steal treasure or rescue the damsel in distress. Surprisingly, in Spyro the Dragon, a dragon becomes the hero in the story. The protagonist still resembles the fiery, quick-tempered, and guarded characteristics of dragons in lore, yet he uses these characteristics to his average to save the day.
I have always preferred the darker tones of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland compared to the Disney classic. Disney’s Alice in Wonderland is an adaptation of a book Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll. Tim Burton stated that when creating his version of the tale, he drew inspiration from the Disney classic, the original story by Lewis Carroll and her other novel Through the Looking Glass, and The Looking Glass Wars series written by Frank Beddor.
When watching the remake of the movie Jumanji I couldn’t help but compare it to Larp like how the original film reminded me of table-top gaming. The movie focuses on a group of teens that must come together to save the world of Jumanji from falling into darkness. Forcing four complete strangers to work together and form new bonds between them. Rules of The Game The movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a film that takes place several years after the first film. While cleaning the school’s basement as a means of detention one day after school, Spencer, Martha, Bethany, and Fridge come across an old video game consol. After hitting the start button the four teens are suck into the game where they discover they must return the Jaguar’s Eye to leave the game and return to the real world. While completing the levels of the game they come across Alex would had disappeared from their town twenty years ago.
While growing up, I always enjoyed watching animated films by Walt Disney. When I first saw the trailer for Kingdom Hearts, I was elated by the idea of a video game featuring beloved Disney characters while mixing fantasy and adored characters from Final Fantasy. Square Enix captures the well-rounded characters, bright colors, and cherished storylines featured in the Disney classic films.
Being a fan of table-top games, like Dungeons and Dragons, I was excited by the concept of Dragon Age. It was another form of media to play out different types of creatures or races that I enjoyed playing in tabletop games such as orcs, dwarves. knights, wizards, clerics, elves, or even Faeries. Thanks to the series commercial success the game has had numerous spin-offs, sequels, merchandise, and novels adapted from the games.
I have always been a fan of The Legend of Zelda Franchise, enjoying the idea of playing the young hero adventuring the kingdom of Hyrule to rescue Princess Zelda from Gaon. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, was the first installment in the franchise I was introduced to and played all the way through on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Over the years my vision has gotten worse, thus making the games harder to see.