Wolf’s Wicked Words: Gaming Is Now An Apple Tree?
This week I’m going to ask all of you whose eyes are glancing over these words to go do some homework before continuing to read further.
Now that I’ve lost all ninety-eight percent of potential readers – a warm welcome to the remaining two percent!
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Assignment for today: Go and stare at a plant. (It may be a real one or you may use the unknowable black magic of Google Images.)
For maximum pleasure, I hope you’ve stared at the given plant for at least two hours. If you’re at work: carry the pot plant from around the corner or the dug up patch of grass from the sidewalk into your office until those two hours have expired.
In two weeks’ time I’ll talk about my personal / semi-secret recipe to make pot plant stew, but for now – let’s talk about the plant-like games industry.
When looking at the process a plant goes through whilst growing, I for one, cannot help and be amazed by the wondrous qualities to be found within. This process can be looked at from various perspectives in life, but seeing as how you’re one of the few remaining two percent, you will know that I’m going to eventually switch over to BioSh… I mean games.
Let us start this comparison by symbolising the gaming industry as an apple tree. It starts out incredibly small with little promise and deliverance at first, but you just know in your gut that there is at least one farmer cheering from the very start – knowing about the undeniable potential buried underneath the sun-baked soil. As with most things in life, it can be smothered right at the start, however, the farmer has gathered some fellow farmers and they too have noticed the potential. One of them suggests a special type of substance to avoid pests and the occasional empty-bellied, root-eating earthworm.
Given the correct amount of time and before you know; something truly magnificent is approaching. Over the years this apple tree has grown and long-since surpassed its fellow apple-providing folk in size and yet, it continues to grow – showing little symptoms of ceasing to do so.
The mountainous apple trees of film and literature notices this, but somehow still manages to sneer at their rapidly growing peer. You know what they say: “Jealousy causes you to behave in all sorts of mean ways – as if your brain has been replaced by a blood and mucus mixture-spewing petrified rock that once were the excretion of an alien race that only cared about punching each other in the loins.” (There goes another one percent.)
The gaming apple tree has grown and is almost the size of the aforesaid movie and book trees, but somewhere in recent years, a once money-hungry but currently scheming drunk stumbled by and spilled a sizable gulp of his liquor at the root of this rapidly sky-rocketing tree and it is here from whence the defects began to appear.
The very top of the tree where the biggest and most nutritious apples have always grown began to produce less and less of these tasty gems. The lower hanging branches began to spew forth more and more fruit with smaller sizes and less notorious value that made the once enthusiastic farmer think in a more lazy way – less time spent climbing up and down his sturdy ladder and more medium value will help him sell more apples more frequently, no matter the given quality.
He still sold these apples in their own respective packaging labeled: “Generic”, “Soulless” and “For the widest audience of them all”. They still sold reasonably well, but complaints came charging in via the electric telephone and with online written comments of his farm’s website.
Planting another fresh and quality producing tree will take years to grow and up his reputation. He cannot afford to go out of business now and sell air fresheners on the street corners as he did before while waiting almost three decades to restore his reputation.
He’ll have to keep this one in check, provide sufficient amounts of fertilizer and hope for the best.
Let us, the gamers, hope that the drunk’s booze wear off from this monolithic tree’s roots and the healthy, high-placed fruit begins to grow in full swing once again.
There you have today’s selected pick of gaming symbolism.