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Creative Christmas: Santa’s workshop

Welcome back to day three of the Creative Christmas collaboration, where a group of bloggers are joining forces to tackle 12 video-game-related questions based around a loose festive storyline. Following on from yesterday’s entry about our Christmas gaming memories, the next one we’re facing is:

You receive a call from Santa, as the elves desperately need a hand in the workshop getting all the toys ready. Which video game character would you recruit to help out?


My answer

If the elves need a hand getting the toys ready, perhaps we should send in a video game character who’d be good at assisting them on the production line. A hero who remains calm under pressure, one who’s able to fix things in a jiffy or combine a wide range of items in their inventory to create something new. But Santa’s little helpers are the experts in this area; so perhaps it’s better to leave them to concentrate on the job?

Maybe we should instead focus on helping with delivering the gifts as this is an absolutely enormous task. There are over seven-billion people in the world and Father Christmas is expected to visit every one of them. We therefore need a character who has the power of speed on their side: somebody who’s able to move faster than light and get anywhere in a second. But haven’t Rudolf and the other reindeers already got this covered?

What we really need is someone who never backs down from a challenge, no matter how great it seems. A character who’s able to adopt, adapt and overcome any problem thrown at them, regardless of how insurmountable it at first appears. A knight in shining armour who’s ready to wade through the snow in our hour of need and come to Santa’s rescue. And that someone is… Murray the skull from the Monkey Island series.

*round of applause*

Think about it: Christmas is a great time of year but what’s the most frustrating thing about it? It used to be choosing and buying the perfect gift but that’s no longer such a problem because the elves (and Amazon) take care of it nowadays. The worst part about the festive season is that moment you find yourself sitting among rolls of wrapping paper and ribbons, covered in glitter and wondering where you left the sticky-tape and scissors.

Murray is the perfect video game character to help with this job. With his set of gnashers (and predilection to bite anything that comes near him), he’ll quickly chomp his way through miles of sticky-tape and cut it into perfectly-sized pieces to enable the elves to quickly wrap the toys. With Murray’s assistance, Santa’s little helpers will have those seven-billion presents packaged and ready to go in no time.

Of course, this skull does have demonic tendencies and could potentially end up taking over the workshop; but is that really something we should hold against him? He’s a character who should be admired because, despite his reduced state, he dreams big and shows us that sometimes all you need to get you places is a positive mental attitude. Maybe we should all embrace our demonic sides and be a little more like Murray this Christmas.

Other answers

🎁   Thero159 from A Reluctant Hero
🎅   Athena from AmbiGaming
❤   ClanGeek
🦌   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
🎉   Dan and Jon from nowisgames.com
🎁   Chris from OverThinker Y
👪   Austin from Reaper Interactive
🎅   Retro Redress
🎶   Pix1001 from Shoot the Rookie
❤   Brandon from That Green Dude
🦌   The Dragon’s Tea Party
🎄   The Gaming Diaries
🦃   Kevin from The Mental Attic
🎮   The Optimistic Gamer
👗   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: It’s now Christmas Eve and you’re throwing a lively party for all your friends, family and favourite characters. Which video game soundtracks would be on your playlist?

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