I work frequently with Well Red Mage, and I’ve conducted a few interviews over there. The first was with the head Mage himself, Moses.
This is quite the beefy interview, and in it we will learn about his favorite games, literature, and talk about his earliest writings. You can get a little taster below, but for the full interview head to Well Red Mage here.
Ninja: laughs I’ve read that dissertation. It explores a lot of heady concepts as you sought to see if you could definitively quantify the greatness of Chrono Trigger. I found the objectivity vs subjectivity bit most intriguing; it is interesting stuff, and worth a read for sure. Though there should almost be chapters at this point! There are a lot of people out there that see videogames as little more than a child’s plaything, though that viewpoint is becoming more rare these days. So what about videogames do you think makes them worth writing about them way we do?
Red: Chapters! Good idea! I’ll likely never write something that long again but I got sucked into the idea of the relationship between objectivity and subjectivity. It’s interesting, at the least. One of the reasons why I like to write about video games is because of their scope. They are for children and are playthings, and at the same time they are for adults, too. They’re for anyone and everyone that can finds their home in them. I don’t hear too much about games being mere toys anymore, anyway, like you suggested. But even if someone said that, they’d be correct about many video games, just not all of them. Anyway, “adult” isn’t a qualitative term unless it’s being used by someone snooty and I like this quote I ran into today from Satoru Iwata: ” First of all, I’ve never once been embarrassed that children have supported Nintendo. I’m proud of it. That’s because children judge products based on instinct. Everyone wants to appeal to people’s instincts, but it’s not easy. That doesn’t mean we’re making products just for children. We believe that there’s interactive entertainment that people in their 60s, 70s and 80s can enjoy, so we’re doing various things.” Another reason why I decided to write about video games, some which makes them worth writing about for me, is I’ve had many great experiences with games and I want to share those with anyone who will bother to read my stuff! To be absolutely succinct on this, I think games are an art form (products of creative activities) but not works of art in the sense of masterpieces and what not. Some games certainly are masterpieces but I don’t think that by saying games are art and therefore worth writing about that I have to agree with the assumption that all games are these beautifully moving experiences. There’s so much to talk about with gaming, I find it exciting, and that goes way beyond thoughts of legitimacy. Sorry, that was a long answer.