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?
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.