Fantastical Intentions: Gaming Worlds

Fantastical Intentions is a new feature featuring Hannah (me!) of Once Upon A Time and Jacob of the fabulous fantasy-sf blog, Drying Ink. We plan to intermittently host it between us every now and then with a new fantasy related topic. If you’d like to join in, feel free to write a post of your own and leave your links in the comments or just leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Okay so yes, last week we slacked. Mock away. But we’re back this week with the topic of: Gaming Worlds. Now this is a fairly broad topic, even if we are focusing more specifically on fantasy games, because there are so many different games that could come under the fantasy bracket and RPGs are just one of them.

My pick this week is perhaps an obvious one, after all, if you know me, but I did deliberate a little…

World of Warcraft was my first roleplay game outside of movie/book tie-ins. As much as I loved my Chamber of Secrets game, I never felt like I was really a ‘gamer’ until my ex got me interested in the world of Azeroth. After 5 years I’m still Horde on my initial server, despite desperately wishing I could end up Alliance on a nicer and less dead PvE server, and this is where I met my boyfriend of 4 years now.

I wanted to go for Rift, or Age of Conan, or Lord of the Rings Online but as much as I tire of Azeroth, it was the first game I played and I’m still playing it now. I logged in last night to run through the new 5 man dungeons and I still love the beautiful surroundings and the lore behind it. I like hating Gnomes and Garrosh, and I like collecting mini-pets and taking screenshots of beautiful things and silly things. It is a world that keeps growing and developing and I do love it.

Jacob’s pick is something a little different. I love it!

Currently, I don’t play many games – but I used to! So, for my favourite fantasy gaming world, I had a bit of a problem: many games are great fun to play, but don’t have a great deal to appreciate in terms of originality. But there were still plenty of pick from, from the beautifully drawn – but hilarious – scenes of World of Goo, to older RPGs like Golden Sun and modern puzzlers like the ubiquitous Portal. Despite my love for all things Portal, however, I’m going to have to go for the outside choice: World of Goo. You might not call it fantasy. I do – it’s a world where (delicious) goo balls are used to fuel a power source, beauty works like gasoline, and the internet really can be circumnavigated by goo balls.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. What is World of Goo, and why did I choose it? Put simply, it’s an indie puzzle game, which involves building goo balls into ever more convoluted – and precarious – structures. Wait, come back! It’s better than it sounds! It’s full of the rather hilarious comments of the ‘Sign Painter’, some amusing events (and some outright parodies), and a healthy dose of extreme difficulty. It’s also a lot of fun, the storyline especially, which is insane. In a good way. I chose it because this combination of challenging puzzles, referential – or simply crazy – humour, and very nice aesthetics is exceedingly rare, and World of Goo is my personal favourite when it comes to the mad and eclectic.

What about you guys? I know there are some gamers among you.

6 thoughts on “Fantastical Intentions: Gaming Worlds”

  1. I used to play WoW, but stopped because the end game content started lacking. It was a fun world to visit, but I think my favorite gaming world right now is SWTOR.

    I love SWTOR because there’s more of a story to your character’s individual place in the universe. That, and I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was eight years old. I read as many of the Star Wars extended universe books as I could get my hands on as a teenager. I think it’s fun to revisit the Star Wars world and run around killing rakghouls.

  2. Most of the games i play are either action or adventures. So i can’t say i know any epic fantasy world. Does Tekken or Crash Bandicoot count? 😛 I know they are old, but they are still my favorite. Though i can’t say there is an serious world development.

    Okay i’m gonna be serious….Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XIII have two of the best worlds i’ve ever met. Especially which was closer to epic fantasy and less sci fish…I mean of the places are just beautiful! <3
    I've seen my friends play WoW and many other games and their worlds are really good but i haven't experienced them.

  3. Oooh, it’s hard to choose just one. I’m torn between the worlds from the Dragon Age series, the Thief series, and Planescape: Torment. Oh, and there’s Bastion as well, which has some really interesting world-building too.

    I guess if I had to only choose one, I’d have to go with Planescape: Torment’s multiverse. The story begins in the city of Sigil, the “city of doors” which is located atop a spire at the center of the multiverse and connects the planes with each other via portals. Sigil is a strange and dangerous place where anything you pick up might be the key to a portal, and any door you open might lead off into another plane.

  4. I am also a WoW player! The worlds are just beautiful. I have to say I loved BC the most. Just something about starry heavens littered with far off planets.

    I’ve been playing for about five years. My first few months was as Alliance (because I didn’t know better) until I met my hubby who led me to the dark side. I will admit, I have recently started playing Alliance again to run through all the lore since Cata release. I am sucker for the lore, vanity pets, mounts and pretty screen shots too!

    I checked out Rift, and although it is a beautiful game, I would rather just pay to play WoW.

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