Hi all, (all meaning the one person in 5 years time who stumbles upon this blog by accident)
Thought I’d be incredibly original and start a blog. I’m starting this thing for two reasons, one because I haven’t got much else going on right now (having finished university without any major career plans in mind) and two because having spent nearly 7 months in the mind-numbing world of work I’ve decided that I wouldn’t mind pursuing a career in writing and surely a blog no one reads about Games and Movies is sure to boost my chances of making it in the competitive world of journalism…..right?
Anyway I thought I’d start by just writing a bit about myself and what this blog is going to be about. I’m 22, white male living in my privileged white lower middle class world (Liverpool UK for anyone interested) naturally being English I enjoy Football, supporting Everton F.C and I’m also partial to a bit of motor sport (mostly MOTOGP and Formula 1). I studied History and Politics at University but I discovered at my time there that I truly couldn’t give a shit about any of that; my two real passions in life are films and Gaming. I’ve been gaming since I can remember; it’s probably my oldest and favourite past time, growing up with a mega drive (Sega Genesis), Nintendo 64 and PS1, and later a PS2 and XBOX. Throughout secondary school I began to identify as a gamer and it truly became a hobby of mine beyond just something to do when bored, I played whatever I could and read about games when I wasn’t playing them. of course when money was tight I played older games (sometimes on emulators) such as NES and SNES games that I had heard about, as a History fan the history of video games fascinates me, particularity the history of Nintendo.
Films was a slightly different story, with games I had always known I was obsessed with them, my obsession with films came slightly later, I grew up watching Star Wars and cult 8os Stallone and Schwarzenegger movies mostly, once I hit my teenage years I began to develop a fondness for science fiction that has never seemed to dissipate, I love all sci-fi it is my favourite genre, my history teacher and tutor in school was also very fond of films and turned me towards some of his favourite films and directors such as Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock. I have now developed a full on fixation with film and try to watch at least one film every day if possible, as well as having movie marathons with friends on many of my weekend. My favourite genres are Sci-fi, Horror and Animated movies.
Enough about me, time to get down to the blog itself, I plan on adding new articles to it as often as possible (aiming for two articles a week minimum). I’m really just getting started here so I’m not really sure about any schedules or plans for the content, going forward it’s mostly just going to be my ramblings about various games and films that take my fancy, although I’m sure over time I’ll develop a proper structure.
Right now I thought I’d write a little something about a movie I recently saw and how it has inspired me to write this blog (or at the very least gave me the motivation to finally start writing my opinions down). The movie was Life Itself, the 2014 documentary about the life of Roger Ebert, the world famous Film critic. The movie is inspirational on a number of levels; it shows his rise to the top of his game and ultimately his struggle with thyroid cancer, preventing him from speaking and verbally expressing his opinions. However what was truly beautiful about this is that it did not prevent him from sharing his opinions, even when battling a life changing, debilitating, disease such as this he still continued to write reviews for movies on his blog and above all he always remained optimistic and cheerful right to the end.
This was an obvious inspiration for the blog however what truly spurred me on was something Ebert said in relation to films. He said (I am paraphrasing) that he thought films were a way of empathizing with other people, that they were tools to see into other peoples worlds and get better understanding of them, which is one of the things he found truly beautiful about film. This resonated with me as I realized its truthfulness; films are a tool in which we see into other people’s lives, be it through a gripping story, stunning performance or the subtle themes of a certain director. In other words films are a looking glass into the lives of others allowing us as humans to come closer to developing an understanding of other humans.
However this, as Ebert says applies to all art forms, not just cinema and I truly believe that it can apply to video games too. Games are another way we can empathize with our fellow man, be it by playing through a world completely different to our own or by playing as someone completely different to ourselves, games allow us not just to look at the lives of others but to actively take on the life of another person and truly immerse oneself in their world. In that way video games have the potential to be just as great a tool for empathy as a film, perhaps even greater.
So wrapping up Games and Films are incredibly important to me not just as a means of entertainment but I think they are far deeper than this, I believe that both films and games are important, as a means of humans to relate to one another. it is for that reason that reason in particular that I plan to write this blog, highlighting how special games and films can be.
That’s all for today! I’m certain no one will ever read this and I’ve just wasted my time writing this damn thing, but talking to yourself is considered crazy whereas writing a blog no one reads is just really really really sad (I can live with that…..)
Thanks for reading
P.S If you haven’t seen the movie Life Itself I would strongly recommend you watch it as soon as you can