The light on the trees…I read all these books as a kid and for years fussed over the proper words to ascribe to varying aspects of light. Most of the words I stockpiled had their root, for me, in Redwall.
Some of that concern remains, I think. Light mods are always the first thing I install when a beloved game starts to show its wear around the edges. I want to see the flash of light speckled through trees, reflected on water. I want the sunstars when you tilt the camera right up toward the sun. I flinch instinctively, saying as much, expecting a backlash along the lines of “you’re part of what’s wrong with the industry when you seek out realistic visual effects of this expensive-to-acquire caliber,” but I’m not sure how realistic sunstars really are, when in reality if I were to look where I send my in-game camera, I’d be forced to slam my eyes shut. In-game, I can sit and stare and drink it in, in a way that would burn my retinas to toast in real life.
But I’m very much concerned with the play of light anywhere, not just in games – and I think a childhood spent reading books as detail-soaked as Redwall, especially vis-a-vis descriptions of the natural world, played a huge part in that. This is, er, another target ripe for derision, but well, in Infinite Jest? The part where he describes the sunlight at 4-5 PM, and how hopeless and desolate it feels? That bowled me over, accurately capturing as it did a lifelong distaste for the twilight hours, when energy wanes and everyone goes home and all that’s left is a laundry list of humdrum responsibilities to attend to before your body caves in and you’re out. And here was some stranger not only saying he felt the same way, but saying so through the description of it. I know this isn’t the sort of stop-and-pause attention to detail that fills your heart the way Redwall does, with warmth, but it’s probably just as important to see your despair reflected in others, and thus rendered somewhat more valid, as it is to see your joy there, too.
@Ziven001 I used to log into that illegally in grade school in the basic telnet client. I can’t believe I’m hearing from someone else who played! <3