Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
The Return of the King
It doesn’t matter how many times I see these movies—I always get emotional when The Return of the King rolls around. I get sad knowing that Sam and Frodo split up, knowing that Arwen has to live on without Aragorn when he dies, knowing that my heroes’ adventures are over for good. I find solace in the fact that these movies will always be timeless masterpieces I can watch every few years and enjoy just as much as the first time. In the meantime, I’ll watch the DVD appendices that never fail to blow my mind and prove to me that movies nowadays will never reach the level of magnitude, epicness, and insanity that Jackson’s trilogy did.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
I’ve been playing this game for months and months and I’m just talking about it now. Sorry about that. I started playing this series with Halo 2 way back in the day, when I didn’t even have an Xbox of my own. I’d spend hours playing multiplayer with my friends at LAN parties. Good times back then. Halo 3 was the first game I played the story of, and boy, was it confusing. Now with the Master Chief Collection, I’ve had the opportunity to play through each of the four campaigns in order, two of which have been remastered in HD, and what a treat it’s been. Best of all, I’ve been playing through them on Legendary difficulty with my girlfriend, which just makes them that much more fun. We’re about to start Halo 4 and I still haven’t even touched the multiplayer, but $60 is a great price to experience the campaigns alone.
Okay, I know Pathfinder isn’t a video game, but it fits here best, so there it is. My girlfriend introduced me to this game, and it was a lot more fun than I initially expected, but I found as I played through campaigns that I often didn’t enjoy where the story went. Call it the storyteller in me, but I had the itch to GM, so my group let me do just that. We’re only a few sessions in, but I think my group is having a grand time experiencing a healthy mix of combat and role-playing, even if their characters are about as ill-fitting as you can imagine. I’m excited to see where the campaign ends up considering every game I’ve played before puttered out once characters reached around level eight.