From Dawn of War to Runescape.
It’s been like receiving postcards from places we’ve never been to. Never played OG Runescape or WOW? Here’s what that’s like. And more than that, here’s why it’s special. Special to me. I’m particularly struck by something Oli wrote while making Emma play WOW. He wrote: “These people – orcs? zombies? cow-folk? – are my people. They’re my brothers and sisters. The sense of belonging is just so strong. Humans disgust me. Don’t even get me started on gnomes.”
Gnomes aside, I think that sentiment links all these games together. The games we’ve shared all speak to some part of us, they have started to reflect part of our identity. So in playing a game someone else loves, you maybe get a glimpse into them somewhat. You get a chance to understand them, and at the very least understand what they value.
It’s a silly experiment. We’ve had fun, we’ve tried new (old) things, we’ve been entertained and bored and confused and perhaps a little annoyed now and then. It’s not the kind of thing that can bear too much interpretation placed upon it.
Even so, I’m struck by the fact that a few years back there was a lot of talk of people staying inside their bubbles, and rarely venturing out to try new things and test new ideas. It’s nice to have an excuse to burst the bubble in a gentle, throwaway manner, and see what happens.