This isn't technically a 'Nintendo Taught Me How To Write' post, mainly because the game in question belongs to XBOX 360. However, I'll include it under a 'guest' post. In the meantime, I'm thinking that I might want to switch the title to 'Video Games Taught Me How To Write'... hmm..
Recently I received a video game in the mail: Fable III. This has more to do with my blogging absence/laxness than I'd like to admit, but I have spent a significant amount of time on it over the last week or so.
But I'm back now, and here's why!
This is my gaming process:
Obsession: For a day or two, my gaming is filled with passionate ardor and a strange inability to go more than 8 hours without turning on the game. There are no flaws, this game is perfection.
Waning Obsession: Okay, there may be flaws, but the game is so awesome it doesn't matter. In the least.
Critical Obsession: By the end of the first week, I still play the game a ton, (unless I beat it because it's a ridiculously short game... *COUGH* Twilight Princess, I'm looking at you.) but I know exactly what's wrong with it, where it could be improved, and what I would absolutely change if I had to.
OH RIGHT, Real Life: After some deep introspection, I discover why I've been feeling a little sick every time I play: guilt. My life, the one I actually have IRL is falling apart. Not that gaming is bad. It just needs moderation.
(Attempted) Abstinence: Okay, I'm not playing the game. At all. Well, at least not till homework's done. And I see my friends. And I clean my room. At least not till then. At least not till three.... and only for an hour!
Moderation: I love the game, I really do. But there must be balance. After awhile of struggling, obsessing, and enormous attempted self-control, I can devote just the right amount of time.
Only then can I get to...
Serious Gaming: Sidequests. Exploring the world. Doing more than the bare-bones of the game. The sense of accomplishment is much more satisfying and lasts longer than the initial frantic passion - although frantic passion has it's place. :) Analyzing what I do and do not like in a calm manner, and adjusting my playing accordingly. This is the stage that separates the good games from the best games.
Since this is technically not a gaming review, I won't go into specifics about what bugged me about Fable III (premise/characterization), what disappointed me (little customization), and what overjoyed me to no end (the rest of the game). Besides, for each story, it's different - right?
Yup. I said story. :)
Writing phases tend to be similar for me. It's only when I get that balance back and get into serious writing that the story starts to take off.
Can you relate? Or is your best writing done in a different phase than 'serious'?