Interview

Timely Mage interviews Well-Red Mage

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“You can check out this interview in its original form and others at AVID Gamers!”

 

Today, our own co-author The Timely Mage interviews The Well-Red Mage.

AVID Gamer Spotlight
Moses Norton: Classics Gamer
The Well-Red Mage

“With answers long enough to belong in the timemage2
Norton Literature Collection, the adept author Moses shares some of his experiences
in gaming and how they nurtured his love for storytelling. Join me as we explore the mildly psychotic (his words, not mine!) mind of our fellow AVID Gamer:
How long have you been a gamer?”

Untitled2  “I’ve been a gamer since someone gave me an NES when I was 6 or so,
which puts me back some years.”

“Cool. So how has gaming impacted you over the past 20 odd years?”  timemage2

Untitled2  “Gaming influenced me to get into music and teach myself to play the piano. I remember hearing Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” for the first time–it was as a track on Earthworm Jim 2–and I loved it so much I recorded it off the tv onto a cassette tape. It was one of the first songs I learned to play on the ivories. Also, gaming has played a large part in my interest in storytelling and I’ve always been drawn to games that are compelling stories, even those that suffered from a lack of graphics back in the day. Now as a writer, I can feel bits and bits of old threads of storylines in the back of my mind like the whispers of ghosts. Also, it’s been a great experience to re-live some of these stories with my wife since we’ve been married and watch her undergo the emotions that I remembered myself. ”

“That’s awesome. I can definitely relate.  timemage2
What are some of the most compelling games you’ve played?”

Untitled2  “Haha, well there’s a few categories: Games that made me weep (FFVII of course, FFX, Kingdom Hearts, Breath of Fire II, Ni no Kuni), Games that left me speechless (Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, Link’s Awakening, Metal Gear Solid series, Super Mario Galaxy, Journey, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, FF Tactics, FFVI, Wind Waker, Arkham Asylum, Mega Man Legends) and games that are timeless and always compelled me to come back to again and again (Mega Man IV, Earthworm Jim, Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, Katamari Damacy, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario 64, Super Mario Bros. 3, Maniac Mansion, Mega Man X, StarCraft, Sim City 2000 and Zombies Ate My Neighbors hahahaha). Obviously, I think the SNES was the greatest system ever made. In one way or another, these are the compelling ones.”

Zombies Ate My Neighbors! Yes! timemage2
Such a wide array of games represented.
Truly a sign of someone who appreciates the art.

Untitled2  “Oh gosh, I feel like it’s a limited array because there’s some areas I never touch, like I stay away from really new, popular “franchisey” games, FPS’s and racing games.”

“Can you share one or more of your most memorable  timemage2
gaming moments you’ve experienced?”

Untitled2  “I can’t pick just one, so here’s four: (hahaha sorry!!!) one when I was single, one when I was married, one that was the most frustrating, and one that made me ragequit:

When I was single and in high school, I remember planning to dedicate my entire summer to plowing through Chrono Trigger and unlocking every ending and maxing out the game. I covered my window with blankets, inadvertently creating a sauna in midsummer Hawaii, but that was one of the best summers ever with the most respected rpg of all time.

When I was married, my wife and I played through Final Fantasy X HD and I had to pause the game and hold her because she couldn’t stop crying on the scene when Yuna is with Tidus and she breaks down because she can’t go on, knowing she’s going to die, and Tidus is oblivious. That’s the scene that got me, too.

The one that was the most frustrating was playing Zelda: Link’s Awakening on the original Gameboy and struggling for weeks to find every last one of those blankety-blank seashells. I dug everywhere and scoured that island. And got a stupid piece of heart for all my trouble. Worst sidequest ever.

And finally, the one that made me ragequit was when I was playing through FFVI for the first time. It’s been three times now, but that first time I was at the final savepoint before the last boss, Kefka, and I had done almost everything in the game. I was ready. I got up to go get a drink and tripped over the cord on the controller (glad they make ’em cordless now) which caused an avalanche of SNES parts and properties and reset my game. When I turned it back on… the save had deleted off of the cartridge. Something like 70 hours of gameplay gone. I raged, but also I quit, well because I had to. The game quit on me.”

“Powerful stuff. Thanks for sharing.  timemage2
There’s nothing that makes your stomach sink quite like seeing that you can only select New Game instead of Continue when you boot up a game after hours of play time. Is there anything about your gaming habits that people might be surprised to learn?”

Untitled2  “I don’t play casually. I like to binge play. Wow, that sounds unhealthy and mildly psychotic. That means I must be a completionist/perfectionist when it comes to a game, even though I don’t act like that for anything else in life, really. I can’t just sit down to play any old game. I have to plan out in my mind how long it will take to beat, to platinum, to get to new game+, to get every item, etc. Therefore, most games don’t hold that much enjoyment for me. Maybe that’s why I stick to replaying old games a lot instead of experiencing new releases.”

“Lastly, if you could impart one piece of advice to fellow gamers what would it be?”  timemage2

Untitled2  “I think the best word of wisdom is ‘It’s just a game’ and everything that entails. What that means for me is there’s a whole wealth of experiences and things to be enjoyed in the gaming world, and shared with others, but the games aren’t real life, they’re part of life and you can learn a lot about life through the way another human being tells a story through a game. But when it comes down to a hundred-hour grind for a chestplate in that new MMO? Maybe there’s better things to do or better games to find. I think good games, like good literature or films or poetry, should cause you to reflect upon reality rather than totally take your mind away from it.”

“Well said, friend. Thank you.”  timemage2

End Transmission

 

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  1. I. Love. You. That is not hyperbole or misrepresented isolation in any way. Why do I love you? Because you sound like Lord C! There’s none of this “meta-critic this, cod is life brah that, you jus like to play good games, preferably with a good story or at least something that intriques you. Also anyone that likes FF7 is automatically a love. (I still haven’t finished it, restarted again, & now, with upcoming universal credit ish, & the associated homelessness/starvation/death I may never finish it… *Sighs* but the memories!!! *Smiles Warmly*) I’ll jus leave you this: don’t wanna bore ya wit my sitch (sword of Damocles!) But suffice to say, can’t really afford to game for past 4 years (& the foreseeable future!) So I been youtubin full walkthroughs (no commentary) of things & I just wanna leave you a couple of opinions:
    Perception: Oh. My. God. I loved it! I literally forgot at 1 point I was watchin a game, I was so involved! (& I am saddened that my time with Cass is over!) That is just so amazing & I truly hope these people are aware of what they have made here. Breathless joyousness!
    Flower: genuinely made me cry at 1 point. Truly Beautiful!
    Journey: my favourite bit was the ‘Golden Sand Sea’ in the middle, I have chronic depression, so, for me, it was literally the sheer joy & wonder of it all were… I don’t even have words!!! Also I damn near papped mesel when those ‘Lightning Dragons’ occured, Damn they’re scary! Final note, I like that even though everyone talks up the ‘individual interpretations’ aspect of it, I was able to ‘get’ the story: a civilation of desert nomads lived in peace, harnessing the flags magic & a city of wonders flourished, but then, some dastards started hoarding & abusing the magic, & it was dampened & lost. So those same misguided individuals built the ‘Lightning Dragons’ & built & new ‘Metropolis’ but, in time, the old nomads died out, & the new ‘Dragon-users’ couldn’t really cope without the true magic, so their cities crumbled & fell to ruin & the land was dark & bleak… & then you appear: a long lost descendant of the original nomads who in your ‘Journey’ (*Grins*) rediscovers the love of the magic flag beings, reigniting the land, & by finding the magic & uncovering the statues of your ancestors, you learn of the rise & fall I just described.
    Hauntingly beautiful, & I am endepted to all who made it, & all these games!!! (Special shouts also to Little Nightmares, (Wow!) Abzu, (Gosh!) Unravel, (so sad!) Black: The Fall (Robot Revolution! With a lil robo-dog for a lil bit yay!) & finally: Inside!
    Having originally watched it a month ago, I literally have to stop myself watching it again & again forever, something about it …I jus…I can’t… I jus don’t know!!!! *Shakes Head*
    Anyway, I’ve rambled on long enough & wasted enough of your good time.
    I thank you for being you, & for allowing me to read & (Truly!) enjoy these archives (I’ll read everything!) Thank you, from the bottom (& top & middle & possibly the outside!) of my heart!!! *Grins Widely & Bows Politely*

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  2. I. Love. You. That is not hyperbole or misrepresented isolation in any way. Why do I love you? Because you sound like Lord C! There’s none of this “meta-critic this, cod is life brah that, you jus like to play good games, preferably with a good story or at least something that intriques you. Also anyone that likes FF7 is automatically a love. (I still haven’t finished it, restarted again, & now, with upcoming universal credit ish, & the associated homelessness/starvation/death I may never finish it… *Sighs* but the memories!!! *Smiles Warmly*) I’ll jus leave you this: don’t wanna bore ya wit my sitch (sword of Damocles!) But suffice to say, can’t really afford to game for past 4 years (& the foreseeable future!) So I been youtubin full walkthroughs (no commentary) of things & I just wanna leave you a couple of opinions:
    Perception: Oh. My. God. I loved it! I literally forgot at 1 point I was watchin a game, I was so involved! (& I am saddened that my time with Cass is over!) That is just so amazing & I truly hope these people are aware of what they have made here. Breathless joyousness!
    Flower: genuinely made me cry at 1 point. Truly Beautiful!
    Journey: my favourite bit was the ‘Golden Sand Sea’ in the middle, I have chronic depression, so, for me, it was literally the sheer joy & wonder of it all were… I don’t even have words!!! Also I damn near papped mesel when those ‘Lightning Dragons’ occured, Damn they’re scary! Final note, I like that even though everyone talks up the ‘individual interpretations’ aspect of it, I was able to ‘get’ the story: a civilation of desert nomads lived in peace, harnessing the flags magic & a city of wonders flourished, but then, some dastards started hoarding & abusing the magic, & it was dampened & lost. So those same misguided individuals built the ‘Lightning Dragons’ & built & new ‘Metropolis’ but, in time, the old nomads died out, & the new ‘Dragon-users’ couldn’t really cope without the true magic, so their cities crumbled & fell to ruin & the land was dark & bleak… & then you appear: a long lost descendant of the original nomads who in your ‘Journey’ (*Grins*) rediscovers the love of the magic flag beings, reigniting the land, & by finding the magic & uncovering the statues of your ancestors, you learn of the rise & fall I just described.
    Hauntingly beautiful, & I am endepted to all who made it, & all these games!!! (Special shouts also to Little Nightmares, (Wow!) Abzu, (Gosh!) Unravel, (so sad!) Black: The Fall (Robot Revolution! With a lil robo-dog for a lil bit yay!) & finally: Inside!
    Having originally watched it a month ago, I literally have to stop myself watching it again & again forever, something about it …I jus…I can’t… I jus don’t know!!!! *Shakes Head*
    Anyway, I’ve rambled on long enough & wasted enough of your good time.
    I thank you for being you, & for allowing me to read & (Truly!) enjoy these archives (I’ll read everything!) Thank you, from the bottom (& top & middle & possibly the outside!) of my heart!!! *Grins Widely & Bows Politely*

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