A Video Game Christmas Carol Begins
Around the Christmas season, I’ve noticed there are two types of people. There are those who love Dickens’ classic tale, “A Christmas Carol,” and there are those I want nothing to do with. It’s that simple. So for the former, we all have our own telling of the story that we like best. There’s Patrick Stewart’s on-point Scrooge for one. For the lighter heart, Michael Caine and the muppets are just around the corner. Myself, I am partial to the 1988 masterpiece, “Scrooged” starring Bill Murray. It’s just the best.
I digress. This isn’t about those wonderful, holiday tales. This is about something much bigger: video games. Particularly, your relationship with them. You see, this is a warning I bring to each and every one of you. Like it or not, you are the Scrooges of your own little stories. As the ages have come and gone, you’ve grown cold, distant, and isolated in your gaming. With each passing year, you ungratefully cling to the new releases or old classics only to condemn all else. You visit forums and comment sections to gripe and complain about developers and fans alike. And worst of all, you treat the whole industry itself as one giant chore. You act like it’s a huge pain in your ass.
I’m sorry to be the Christmas Carol Marley of your frozen, bleak heart, but it’s absolutely true. “No, no! You got the wrong man, Squire!” I hear some of you saying. Others are chiming in with, “well, everyone but me, I guess.” No. You too. Actually, especially you, because it’s even worse that you haven’t noticed it. The bright colors and funderful sounds of video game wonderlands have taken on tones of gray to you, and you refused to see it. I’m not surprised, though. For you see, even Scrooge himself thought there was nothing wrong with him. So please, try to keep an open mind.
My warning is a familiar one, but hold your eye-rolling for the comments section. This is a desperate time. You are in dire need of a change to your outlook and your actions. You’ve grown cynical, bitter, and downright ungrateful in your video gaming. It’s not entirely your fault. That’s just one of the hard truths of being a gamer. Also, an awful lot of game journalists do a spectacular job in spreading the salt themselves. And once you fall into the hole, it’s easy to settle in and get comfortable. But it is up to you get up and move past it. No one can do it for you, not even me. I can’t even show you the way. All I can do is prepare you for the articles to come.
This isn’t the end of your Christmas Carol journey. We still have so much to cover. So much in fact, that I cannot do it alone. Over the next few weeks, you will be visited by three ghosts. Each one will be familiar to you in more ways than one, and they all bring an important truth. None of them will be easy to hear, but they will be necessary for you to grow. Expect them. Prepare for them. And, I implore you, listen to the message each brings. It may be the only chance for hope you have left.