Do I love videogames? I would have said so without hesitation some hours ago, before I actually started to think about the matter while writing this blog entry.
I do like videogames, getting close to borderline obsession if I am to be completely honest.
But love it is not.
There are I people I do love for various reasons of course. And there are people who I played videogames with. And then there is a certain amount of people I love and with whom I played video games - so far so rather trite.
Yet, I have to admit the shared virtual experience intensified the feeling of love I feel for some of them. Or expanded it's dimension. Kind of.
I love several guys for their "Jekyll and Hyde"-like transformation whenever they take hold of a controller and I love them because I am allowed to call them names when they frag me in their usually very spiteful and sneaky manner.
I love a woman for the way she beats me at Mario Kart
and Super Smash Brothers
(a love-hate relationship to be precise). And the way she associates with the background stories of games like Where Is My Heart
. And her seemingly limitless patience and endurance concerning the Paper Mario
series. And the clockwork precision of her playing Bust A Groove
(the love-hate-thing again) and Vib Ribbon
. And the fact that she is a worthy opponent in Bishi Bashi Special
. And for shared emotions at the end of Journey
on a lazy Sunday morning. And for sharing regressive obsession and childish joy with me.
an actual feeling of love involved - no.
petit objet a
, fetishized object of desire and wish-fulfilling - oh, yes.
Loved ones who can understand or even share this obsession, this joy - the best.
But that's all rather hard to express graphically. Perhaps I'll manage to express all of this via the means of eurythmics&dance. I'll upload a video then.
Instead I decided to depict the most pure form of love ever exhibited in a videogame.
Sweet, unconditional brotherly love. The unshakeable bond between siblings.
It is what it is says love.