- Arcades mean a lot to me and I hope I’m not alone in feeling this. They hold a lot of sentimental value because of the memories they provided me with when growing up. Just a little side note but my brother is autistic and conversations or bonding was very sparse growing up but when we were playing arcade games together my brothers personality came through and I could really see the excitement and enthusiasm in his face. He was always better than me at the games and I was always grumpy with how he always got to be player one because he was older (and if I am honest, the better player), he was always the highest scorer and I was always second place. I remember the times my brother and I spent playing house of the dead, point blank and time crisis together. We would be on a simple caravan holiday somewhere in the west of England with our dad and the times he took us to the local arcade was a highlight. We spent so much money reaching the end of house of the dead 2 that we didn’t care about the funny voice acting, lack of story or that we had spent £20 on a video game (from dying so much),it was all about us completing a game together. To this day the house of the dead franchise still holds a place in my heart for the memories I’ve gained with it where I managed to connect with my brother.
- As a gigantic Star Wars fan I always remember the Star Wars arcade game where you would be a snow speeder, x-Wing or speeder bike at one of the classic Star Wars battles against the Death Star,on Hoth or Endor and then in boss battles use the joystick to battle Darth Vader with a lightsaber as Luke Skywalker. This let me live out my dream of being a character in the universe that I adored.
- Arcades for me are much more than places to play games and waste money. They are places that allow me to tap into that childlike sensibility and nostalgia that I developed from an early age. Memories of great times flood back about fun times with my brother or being able to to immerse myself into a fictional world that I adored for as long as I could remember, arcades are pockets of fun and nostalgia that I sincerely hope future generations will enjoy on the same level that I did.
The most common problem I always get when I’m trying to write is not coming up with the story, but at actually putting pen to paper. I can picture an entire story, detailed so vividly in my own head. I come up with worlds, characters and a general basis for the story, but at the point I want to lay it all out and type out the story, all words and writing ability disappears. I have no idea how to start a sentence, what the first line will be or how I’m gonna like any of the scenes I’ve imagined together. The subsequent confusion then just results in me making a note of the ideas and putting them to one side to return to another day. After several occasions of doing this, I have yet to return to any of the stories. It’s the doubt I have in myself as a writer that stops me from ever pursuing the dream further. I love reading and dream one day that I could write a book, not with the intention of it getting popular but just to see something that I have crafted be published and read and if all goes well, be liked. If I find a way to overcome this mental block then I’ll be sure to share it with everyone, but for now I’ve just got to soldier on through it.
Fantasy is something we all use to help us escape the world around us. In our minds, we can create a world different from what we live in but also one that we recognise and control, making everything around us something somehow familiar yet different. When we translate this imagined world and reality into writing through the medium of books, online posts or other mediums, we share the constructed world that we have created with others. There are many imaginative people who in their minds create worlds with fantastic creative landscapes, creatures and stories and keep them to themselves. Their fear of criticism of their world, imagination or writing ability stops them from wanting to share their creation with others. They may think that their minds creation is too far fetched, silly or even too embarrassing to translate into a fully constructed story but when faced with these fears we need to remember that those whom hopeful fantasy writers aspire to be and idolise, had likely held the same fears or even faced actual criticism for their creations. We now live in a world where thanks to people like J.K.Rowling we can imagine ourselves in a world of wizards learning spells and being sorted into houses via a magic hat, participating in a journey through J.R.R Tolkiens land of Middle Earth to combat legions of orcs to rid the world of a mentally corrupting ring, or even living in Sir Terry Pratchetts Discworld where we live on a flat disc on top of four elephants stood on top of a giant turtle floating through space. It is through incredible imagination that we are able to experience whole new worlds that in some way represent the world we live in or teach lessons we didn’t even know we’re being taught. Do not be worried about sharing the new world you have created in your mind, because it may create a new incredible world of fantasy for millions to enjoy.