06 March 2012

Why I love my Xbox AND an award!

As many of you know, I've entered into a loving relationship with my Xbox360. I tweet about it, I spend every night with it (unless I have to work early), and I quite enjoy the company. The hum while it works; the worlds it takes me to; the joys we share when killing aliens; the men it introduces me to and doesn't get jealous of... It's a beautiful relationship.

It also helps me cultivate new ideas by introducing me to new ideas and ways of thinking. Xbox (and video games in general) facilitates creativity like a mofo. Like books, video games transport us to places we aren't able to go ourselves.

For the last several weeks, I've been playing the Mass Effect games (like a BAUS), and it's sparked a totally unrelated idea. If you're not familiar, Mass Effect takes place 150 years into the future. Your hero/heroine is Shepard, a soldier tasked with saving the universe from a threat known as the Reapers, a race of sentient machines (that, yes, look like shrimp) that destroys organic life every 50K years or so. Shepard gathers a team of specialists, miscreants, and other some-such who all have different talents and abilities that aid you on your journey.

The real gem of the game is the story and, most importantly, character interaction. You have the chance to get to know your companions through different dialogues (unless it's Garrus, and he's always EFFING CALIBRATING. I'm better now). You learn their histories, get a feel for their personalities, and there's the option of starting a romance. Plus, you can shape Shepard in the way you want him/her to be. Do you want to be the nice one? Then go for it. Want to be the hardass you're incapable of being in real life? Push a guy out of a window and watch him plummet to his death.

Unfortunately not every game is Mass Effect or even Dragon Age (dear Bioware...you are teh awsums), but then again, not every book is the best book EVAR. However, it's all a learning experience. Through reading (and in my case, through reading + gaming), I'm learning what to do and what not to do, how to help characters behave in a more natural way as well as how to shape them so their personalities and their actions make sense. Characters and dialogue are one of the most important aspects of your writing--right up there with plot. Believable characters, believable dialogue, all extremely important.

**This is totally intended to make my video gaming hours valid. Someday, I'll figure out how to write VG purchases off on my taxes.**

And now for an award!

Jackie over at Bouquet of Books is awesome and has graced me with the Liebster Blog award. This award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers and to help more bloggers find their blog. Thanks, Jax!!!

The rules for accepting the award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
2. Nominate up to 5 others for the Liebster Award.
3. Let said bloggers know via comment on their blog (or Twitter or Facebook).
4. Post the award on your blog.
5. Consider signing up for the A - Z Challenge. It's a great way to find new and interesting blogs.

My choices:

  1. Confessions of an Animal Junkie - Animal stories galore from a former vet tech who has a farm of her own and a lot of guest posts from animal lovers.
  2. Alison at Adventures of the Cautionary Tale - Where every Saturday is Vladurday
  3. Sarah at Blurb is a Verb - An awesome blog for newly published authors who feel like a deer caught in headlights
  4. Beckah Rah! - One of my favoritest people in the world. She'll even help you tame your synopsis!
  5. Jessica Knauss Famous Writer - Jess is an awesome romantic author who deserves some love of her own.
Please go check out their blogs AND Jackie's! These are some awesomely wonderful ladies.


SPinneo said...

Thank you, Lexcade! That's so awesome of you.

Sarah @ Blurb is a Verb

Landra said...

Congrats Liebster award winners! Woot! Now I must go and follow. Lol!
Happy to hear more on how the gaming environment affects and influences your writing. Love it!

Jackie said...

My oldest son loves Xbox and my hubby loves PS3. :)

I'm glad you liked the award. Again, sorry for the crazy stuff that happened at first on my blog with it. LOL.

<3 *hugs*

Jessica K said...

Thanks, Lexcade. I will link back to you on Friday.

Phoenix Sullivan said...

Awww, thank you, Lexy! *blush*

I think VGing is at least as valid a write-off as visits to places you write about -- because how unfair it that to folk who write SF/F or historicals? Maybe have at least one character in every story make an off-hand mention to a VG: "Dude, sounds like you're having one effing Dragon Age kind of day to me. Let's go get a coupla zas." - total write-off (could probably write off a pizza or two as well). Save those receipts!