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The first video game system that i ever bought was the x-box, i bought it for star wars knights of the old republic. IT was the first game that I have ever beaten in my entire life, then something happened. I fell into shooters and bash em up violent games. I would skip cutscenes, i didnt appreciate the art of the story.
Then halo 2 happened, as much as i have mixed feelings about the arbiter, he saved me in a way. Skipping a cutscene and then inexplicably playing an alien would do that. I was massively confused, so i ran out and bought halo 1 and played the story through, paying close attention, then playing halo 2 through. I realized i had been missing something, a fundamental quality to the experience of things.
It was story, it was the most important thing, and up until the moment that i played the arbiteri didntrealize that.
Iwent back and played kotor, i saw the story in depths i didnt begin to fathom, things i had skipped or just ignored painted portraits of characters lives. I started reading star wars books, then halo, then other things, i became a human being.
I discovered my calling as a writer, a definitly difficult career but i am trying. The art of the story, words arethemost powerful thing
(brace yourself for gargoyles quote, and if you dont know gargoyles was a wierdly goodshow from the early nineties that was canceledfor no appearent reason)
"The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion. Without books as our anchors we are cast adrift; neither teaching, nor learning. They are windows on the past, mirrors on the present, and prisms reflecting all possible futures. Books are lighthouses erected in the dark sea of time."