Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Who else plays games to "be" female?
Anyway, what got me thinking about this is that there are rumors of the old Wing Commander games being re-released. These space-flight combat simulator games were easily my favorite games when I started graduate school back in the early 90s. Between this and X-Wing vs Tie Fighter, this was definitely the heyday of space combat. As a sci-fi geek, I do wish they would make a comeback. Anyway, the protagonist/player-character of Wing Commander was hard-coded as male. However, there was a female comrade-in-arms that you would fly missions with, callsign "Angel", and very soon I just sort of mentally transferred the focus of the story to her. Sounds weird, I know, but I lose myself in games (or movies) pretty easily - I guess I have high empathy - so sort of like a spirit moving from person to person, when I thought about the game outside of actually playing it (i.e. imagining missions, etc... yes just like a little kid :-) the missions would be ones flown by Angel.
Hmm, this is a really horrendous rambling post, isn't it? I apologize. And now I'm feeling like playing hooky from my work for a little bit to go do some gaming! Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I also use female-vocalist songs in Guitar Hero to work on my feminine voice.
p.s. in case you've seen the not-exactly-classic Wing Commander movie based on the game, Mr. Buffy (Freddie Prinze Jr) plays the main character, and Saffron Burrows (recently on Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and The Bank Job) as Angel.