Today is the start of the Creative Christmas collaboration, where a group of bloggers are joining forces to tackle 12 video-game-related questions all based around a loose festive storyline. The first we’re going up against is:
You need to choose a gift for someone special and go online to check out the video game item catalogue. Who is this person and what present would you select for them?
My other-half and stepson gave me The Last Guardian as a gift for Christmas last year. Neither of them had played ICO or The Shadow of the Colossus but they knew much I adored both of these games, along with how excited I was about Fumita Uedo’s latest title. It would have been something I’d have picked up for myself once the festive madness had died down so receiving it early was a lovely surprise.
Although there are a number of issues with this release, it’s one of the most touching and thoughtful I’ve played. Yes, it can be extremely annoying when you need Trico’s help to reach a ledge and all he wants to do is clean his feathers or play with a nearby chain; but at the same time, it’s moments like this which help create one of the most believable bonds between a human and animal within a video game.
Pete and Ethan were around to see me play the majority of The Last Guardian and became as absorbed in it as I did. As I made it to the end and we watched the final cutscene one weekend, I couldn’t help but brush away a tear as I thanked them once again for their present. My stepson then told us how much he was going to miss Trico and jokingly asked if we could get one as a pet.
How amazing would it be if it was possible to give him the opportunity to meet a creature like that in real life? Not necessarily to keep one as a pet (as explained in this post) – I dread to think about where we’d put him or how much the weekly food bill would cost, and I don’t think our cats would appreciate it very much. But the chance to see a Trico in the flesh, while Ethan’s ten-year old head still believes in magic and mystery.
Obviously that’s never going to happen but it’s a nice thought nonetheless. I can only imagine how excited my stepson would be and how many photographs he’d want us to take. So there’s my answer for the first Creative Christmas question: I’d love to be able to get my family tickets to visit a Trico out in the wild.
🎅 Athena from AmbiGaming
🦌 Morgan from Fistful of Glitter
🎄 Luna from GamersUnitedGG Blog
🦃 Nathan from Hurricane thought process
🎮 LightningEllen from LightningEllen’s Release
🤞 NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog
🎁 Chris from OverThinker Y
🎅 Retro Redress
❤ Brandon from That Green Dude
🦌 The Dragon’s Tea Party
🎄 The Gaming Diaries
🦃 Kevin from The Mental Attic
🎮 The Shameful Narcissist Speaks
The Creative Christmas collaboration is open to everyone and further details can be found in this post if you’d like to join in! Tomorrow’s question: You’re wrapping presents while listening to cheesy festive tunes, and start to reminisce about holidays past. What’s your favourite Christmas gaming memory?