Seeing as I’ve already made a first impression, and showed some serious intent by purchasing a gaming console, you will now be regaled with stories loosely related to the topic of Gaming. What fun!
If I’m honest, I didn’t fully care what game my PS3 console came with, as long as it wasn’t racing-based. I suck at racing games. There was the intense research that had gone into the overall purchase; knowing that the bundled game was a GOTY Edition made me believe that it was a safe gamble, knowing what GOTY stood for made me take a moment before silently exclaiming, “So THAT’s what that means!” (Game Of The Year is an award given out as the name suggests: to the best game of the year). I felt bits of new knowledge, gaming knowledge! seep into my brain.
I was now the proud owner of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. That I didn’t own Uncharted 1 or 2 didn’t faze me at all.
I put the game on and it played an automated video that gave some background to the story/game. Taking my lack of knowledge of the Uncharted series into account, I should’ve been paying attention, but I was a bit edgy from New Stuff Syndrome, i.e. jittery from all the excitement, unable to focus on anything, wanting to soak up every.new.detail.at.once, etc. Plus there was a (self-diagnosed) bout of ADD to contend with. So my mind decided to travel – it chose to wander about aimlessly….
In the drifting wanderings of my mind, I thought to myself, “Ya know, for a non-existent being (that happens to be a gaming character) this lead guy [Nathan Drake] is pretty hot… Shutup Voice In My Head! It’s not weird! He is hot!” Then the controller vibrated.
I pondered whether this meant that Drake and I were now dating…
It would be a sort of perfect setup: he was rather hot (for a gaming character. It’s not weird. Shutupshutupshutup!), had quite the personality, was adventurous, liked to travel, plus – due to his being a gaming character – I’d be the boss of him, and stereotypes dictate that this is what I, as a female, would supposedly want.
Having been through the game, and though Drake and I had been through a rather lovely, but abandoned, French chateau together at one point in our journey, I wasn’t under any illusions (or, you know, ENTIRELY detached from reality). Like any person in an uncertain point in their lives, I’d had questions: What faces had served as the inspiration behind his design?!! What was my fascination with this character?! Is there anyone else out there being really perturbed by this??
The first question was answered easily enough by reading about the development of the game. I didn’t quite get it, but I’d had my answer. The remaining questions, however, required a journey of a different kind – one that took me through the minds of People of the Internet. Rather amusingly, while I found others that were equally fascinated by Nathan Drake, there were also a lot of heterosexual guys questioning their heterosexuality due to their being strangely attracted to him. You can always count on finding people on the Internet that ease your internal fears of being anything but normal.
Armed with this entertaining, yet pointless information, I went on with life in general. Previously uncharacteristic visits to gaming sites made me feel like I was dipping my toes into the ocean that was the gaming world, write-ups on games of interest were read. Then! I stumbled onto this article, listing the Most Attractive Video Game Characters. SPOILER: my eBF topping the list felt oddly validating.
And now I find myself looking carefully down the path wherein I become a strange person that games…