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Halo fan fiction goes scholarly
Posted By: vector40 <>Date: 3/11/09 7:36 p.m.

This is too fucking much.

I'm taking a course through my university's art department about the structure, function, and aesthetics of video games. The textbook we're using is a very earnest volume called Understanding Video Games

I just read through Chapter 7 (Player Culture), and look what I saw.

On the other end of the scale, creative fiction writers and manga artists who are inspired by games are not interested in gameplay at all, but only in the narrative, or rather, the possible narrative inspired by a particular game. They will elaborate on a character's history, re-tell events that happened in the game adding explanations and feelings, and even write poetry based on their favorite characters. Stories, poems and drawings expand the emotional universe in ways that the game cannot do. Here is a Halo fan poem called "Hymn to the Fallen."

Like the sunflower leaning towards the sun,
So trivial is life.
Let us retrace our steps,
From which all this chaos derives.
We have fallen,
We have prospered.
Among the distant suns we long to live,
But do not realize the mistakes we have made.
Mistakes that have cost millions of lives.
We honor our fallen heroes,
For they have protected us,
Against an enemy so deadly, so ruthless,
That our own imaginations couldn't comprehend.
Protect the mother planet,
So we say.
But what is there left to protect,
After the devastation these barbarians have caused?
All we have left is our own lives,
Which we must struggle to cherish.
We will never forget the ones,
The brave ones, the strong ones,
Who have saved us from further destruction.
Hope is what remains of an empire,
Put down upon its knees,
Torn apart by parasites and floods.
Our faith in God must be strong,
Otherwise, the spirits of the dead ones,
Will haunt us through the long, cold and cruel nights,
That have set their domination among us.
Faith is what makes us stand united,
Is what makes us survive.
The nightmare is far from over. (39)

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Message Index


Halo fan fiction goes scholarlyvector40 3/11/09 7:36 p.m.
     You're just jealous. *NM*Louis Wu 3/11/09 8:01 p.m.
           Re: You're just jealous.vector40 3/11/09 8:08 p.m.
                 Re: You're just jealous.Pkmnrulz240 3/11/09 9:07 p.m.
           Re: You're just jealous.bobcast 3/12/09 1:09 a.m.
           Re: You're just jealous.Sep7imus [subnova] 3/12/09 8:36 a.m.
           Re: You're just jealous.bobcast 3/12/09 10:50 a.m.
     Halo found in my textbook as wellRuneOfRed 3/12/09 12:46 p.m.
     Does Trooper know?Jillybean 3/12/09 12:47 p.m.
           Re: Does Trooper know?vector40 3/12/09 2:06 p.m.
                 Re: Does Trooper know?RuneOfRed 3/12/09 3:34 p.m.
                       Re: Does Trooper know?Jillybean 3/12/09 4:19 p.m.
                             Re: Does Trooper know?RuneOfRed 3/12/09 7:40 p.m.
     That's wild...stan 3/12/09 6:09 p.m.
     Good find Vec!!! *NM*wado 3/13/09 12:17 a.m.

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