Has A Video Game Ever Gotten You Into Another Medium?


#1

I spent most of my high school life hating on anime. Sure I watched stuff on the old Toonami block but when it came to going out and finding anime to consume, I hit a block. Whether it was weird gender politics and fan service or over expository dialogue. I found reasons to hate on anime.

Enter Persona 3: Portable. I got it on a whim for my dusty PSP1000. A suggestion from my JRPG obsessed friend and no exaggeration, it changed everything. This excellently voice acted game, with its interesting and relatable characters, quickly became one of my favourites.

I remember looking up reviews [to validate my opinion], noting how many authors called the plot pretty standard anime fare. A quick google search, ‘Best anime all time,’ and I have not looked back. Not all is great, there have been quite a few misses but for the most part, I have no regrets.

So, have games ever opened your eyes and your hearts to new or previously shunned?


#2

I’ve read the The Witcher books and the Metro 2033 books, though I haven’t actually played the games. I figured the books are the source material, I should read them first. I also once saw Need For Speed The Movie The Novel on sale for $6 and have regretted not buying it ever since. I bet it’s ~GREAT~.

Also, unless you imported a PSP from Japan, you mean a PSP-1001. The PSP-1000 had an issue with the square button, because components of the screen extended underneath it. It was revised for the North American launch. And I don’t believe anybody who imported a Japanese PSP was not already into anime.


#3

Video games made me interested in tabletopping!! I mean, Friends at the Table helped a lot, but I loved RPG video games before that and I enjoy roleplaying a whole bunch!


#4

lol, it was a second hand model. A gift from that JRPG obsessed friend.

Now I want Need For Speed The Movie The Novel The Game A Television Event.


#5

I first started listening to podcasts with the Nintendo Voice Chat when my passion for video games really started to bloom. This lead to my utter obsession with podcasts. I began searching for more and more to listen to; From those centered around video games, history, storytelling, sports. Once I stumbled upon the Giant Bombcast, the crew quickly became my favourite group of video game personalities and that ultimately led to discovering Waypoint.


#6

Podcasts and anime are both probably good examples to bring out, but my story on this is perhaps a little more far-reaching.

One of the earliest games I can remember playing is Pokémon. I can almost guarantee that I was playing on my brother’s Game Boy Colour before I could read and, consequently, it was definitely in the mixture of things that made me a reader, which I have been basically ever since. While the pendulum has swung back and forth between how much I read and how much I play games, the two have definitely been intertwined in my life. My (now much-faded) preferences for text-heavy RPGs probably comes out of that early experience too. I still have a faint, but distinct, memory of mentally figuring out which one of the options was the Pokéball, buying as many as I could, and my brother getting cross with me because he’d been saving up to buy Potions instead.

It also meant that it took me until I was at least nine to stop calling seahorses ‘Horsea’, but you gotta take the gristle with your burger, I guess.


#7

Not quite a whole medium, but I’ll admit to games expanding my music tastes. I’d dismissed a lot of genres, but games like Fallout 3/NV, Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1/2, hell even Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture really making me appreciate and enjoy a whole host of music I’d “never subject my ears to”. I guess part of growing up was me also realizing that being a douche about taste was only limiting, but you know. Jazz, 50s, Classical, Punk - all music I can totally enjoy now thanks to games.


#8

ah I started reading webcomics and fanfiction because of video games. One of the first fandoms I interacted with was the legend of zelda.