Remember when you were a little kid, and you thought that anything could happen? That there actually might be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and, if you weren’t careful, the troll under the bridge might get you.
You would never dream of saying ‘Candy Man,’ three times into the mirror, in case he actually showed up.
And when the Artax died in the Never Ending Story, you cried because it might as well have been your horse.
I loved believing everything was real, or could happen, and I don’t think I have changed much now. There are some episodes of Buffy and Grey’s Anatomy that cue the water works, no matter how many times I watch them. I’m certain that Meredith and Mc Dreamy are real people. And Lexie dying was such a tragedy because she should have been with Mark.
And that my friend, is just the TV.
Books are even worse.
One of my favourites, The Girl In Times Square, ended with the main characters down the road from the world trade centre on September 11, 2001. To this day, I still wonder if they made it out.
And another book by the same author, has me thinking constantly about the children the mother left behind.
How did they turn out?
What would become of them?
Boatman is often reminding me that they’re not real, and I know he is right. But….
I’m pretty sure they are.
I love fostering imagination within my kids. I limit their TV time and give them dress ups and cardboard boxes and pillows to play with. I love to hear them exploring new worlds and embracing the imaginary.
We put music on and they turn into rock stars, performing a show.
Or we cover the lounge with blankets and suddenly we’re camping out.
We all watch You Tube together, learning the steps of Gangnam Style and pretending we are in the music video.
Anything that explores the creative, and helps them have fun; life should be fun.
So when I saw this movie clip, I had to be a part of this campaign.
I just had to.
Did you watch it?
When I saw this, I was captivated! I’ve never read Harry Potter but I don’t care; I love the idea that the game comes to life. That I am not just a passive member of the audience, but an integral character in the story line. People say technology is not great for imagination, but I disagree; with stuff like this, creativity can reach all new heights.
I have this crazy belief that every boy should get to be a hero, and that every little girl should get to live an adventure. I think that damsels in distress and brave knights shouldn’t be a thing of that past. And that the damsel should then come home and be flipping amazing and change the world and prove she is not just a damsel. I think there should be tutus and ballet skirts and swords and dragons; fields of flowers and nasty goblins trying to ruin it all. I think everyone should get the chance to fight the bad guy and change the story. To make the world a bigger, better, more beautiful place.
I think all kids should get the chance to be amazing, and to play and act like they are amazing, and believe that nothing will ever hold them back.
When I see games like this, I see potential not just for an incredible video game, but for a little person to believe they are incredible themselves.
And what better gift is there to give than that, this Christmas?
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Do you get completely absorbed by the characters of books and movies?
Wouldn’t you have loved this game as a kid?
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