Gamers Tell Their Own Tales Regarding Alternative Consumption
Every now and again we encounter a game that has such a tremendous impact on us; we simply must have or consume anything related to that specific game – not that an additional behind the scenes disc would sit well with one’s digestive system. It all depends on the specific person in question, but as a gaming enthusiast myself, I tend to collect everything I can put my hands on related to a cherished game IF the finances allow it.
If you’re a person to peruse around in bookstores or stalk people that just so happens to be in bookstores, you’ve no doubt seen the Assassin’s Creed novels among the many other gaming related books. Splinter Cell Blacklist, Mass Effect, BioShock, Warhammer 40K, Hitman and a bunch more games that managed to reach the literary side of entertainment. While I don’t feel the urge to read all of these mentioned above – I do like to read those I’m interested in and hold the accompanying game in high regard.
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Not too long ago we asked the readers (and the writers as well) about the topic at hand and if they indeed supplement their gaming experiences with these added stories like graphic novels, books, additional mobile apps or indeed collectible artbooks and / or figurines.
Let us see what everyone said.
(The following feedback is quoted verbatim.)
AG_Sonday: Even if I’m grossly invested in a series, tie-in comics or prequel comics don’t really interest me, the same goes for webseries. Things like the Assassin’s Creed animated films and encyclopedia do intrigue me a bit though.
I take it you watched Assassin’s Creed Embers or Lineage? The animated films like Dead Space Downfall or Dante’s Inferno either provided us with a prequel or different take on the poetry it was based on.
Azhar Amien: Not even for my favourite game of all time, Metal Gear Solid, have I ever done this. I simply believe that whatever is important to the narrative and game should be within the game series itself – and that does not mean hidden somewhere in 200 codex pages. I don’t think it makes me less of a fan or anything, I just don’t enjoy spending my time doing that. I find it a lot more interesting, for example, to read alternative interpretations of a narrative or discuss stories and such.
While I agree with you here, I feel that not every detail within the game’s narrative should be spoon-fed to us. This is one of the many reasons I like the BioShock games so much – all the necessary plot details are being told to us, but once you explore, listen to the audio logs or simply look at the finer details in the world, you are rewarded with more depth to the current story.
AG_Sonday: I wholeheartedly agree but to use the AC example, it is coll when they use other media to expand the universe and add some richness to it.
With this I agree. The use of another medium unknowingly makes it feel like a far bigger story than it initially felt like. What we’ve witnessed via pixels and sound can now be witnessed in one’s imagination. We experience the characters in another way.
Azhar Amien: I’m completely cool with using other media to expand your universe with rich backstory and fun extras for fans, but I’m completely against it when these extras are very important to the core story, like Haytham’s backstory :)
GJ Ram: I’ve read three books in Creed series so far.. its good
Coincidentally, I also only read three of the six books on the store shelves. Some of them actually tell the exact same story than that of the video game while other adds more of a back story. It makes for a nice change of viewpoint to an already familiar story.
All of these added extras to the games we enjoy and / or love are sure to provide opportunities to expand and add additional depth to an existing narrative. We’ve seen Firefly’s conclusion in the form of a film. Mass Effect, Dante’s Inferno Dead Space and Dragon Age all have animated movies either telling the game’s story or add another perspective on the game’s story. Some stories tend to expand via novels or graphic novels. This is all optional – no one is forcing you to buy the added extras found in one form or another unless you’re confronted by a firearm.
Games are already expensive to buy and add to your collection or simply keep your hobby going, so it is not always easy to buy all the extras available out there no matter how much you want the added extra blow-up dartboard inspired by the floating city of Columbia.
In additional to the feedback above, what are the added game-related novelties do you find are simply something you have to own or indeed already own? We love to hear everyone’s thoughts.