I’m sure you recall a few months ago I was involved with a project called “The Gamer Inside” a trip through the reflections and memories of gamers brought about by their experiences with video games. Well, the project continued to grow to the point where the magazine “Marca Player” asked me to describe some details on an ongoing basis about the project. Hearing this, I decided it would be interesting to chronicle the behind the scenes evolution of the project. Under the title “The Gamer Inside: The Chronicles,” I have decided to write some posts about the development of the project. Here in my blog you will find all of them once they’ve been published in Marca Player.
I hope you like them!
First, we must focus on this, “The Gamer Inside”. I named it that more than six months ago. The reason I created this project is that I have always wanted to get to know more people so that I could learn from them. In December of 2010, my curiosity and passion about video games that had been building since I was very young came together into this blog that your are reading. The project itself originated when I began to study for my Masters at the University of Alcala.
I decided to start a short film through which I could tell a common story about my friends memories and stories about how, just like me, they have been gaming since their childhood. The main idea was how they had grown up with video games and what it had contributed to their development as adults. So taking advantage of visits to both my friends as well as projects like “Videogames in the Cervantes” (special thanks to Flavio Escribano for the invitation and his unconditional support for the project), I have done interviews in cities such as London, Seville, Barcelona, Valencia, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro.
After so much traveling, without sleeping and I don´t know how many calls and emails, the project has received 160 testimonials, 15 different countries, and people ranging in age from 12 to 85 …but, above all, we have collected a wonderful team of professionals that joined our initiative, and without them I don´t know if I could be telling you this story (at the very least its approach would be very different, and I couldn’t show the following teaser).
At this point, in this first episode I would like to think about the next question that came to my mind several times during the interviews process:
Could video games be the perfect excuse to get to know people better?
I don´t have a clear answer yet, but it´s apparent to me that at the very least, it´s been useful to catch up with old associates! Then, I decided to look for testimonials from diverse ages, genders, and cultures. It wasn´t long before I discovered that I was documenting the first pilgrims´ footsteps on a unknown continent. The humble colonizers at the flick of a computer key and joystick came to that “promised land” which came to be known as the “video game”. It seems like yesterday when between surprises and fascination, some people disembarked and looked towards the horizon, astonished by a monochrome landscape, but with endless possibilities for the imagination. It’s only 40 years that we have been living with the video game, and I think it´s still looking for its creative maturity although it already has broken almost all social barriers and it´s becoming increasingly integrated in our environment.
That feeling of being a witness to the first disembarkation from all these very different points of view, has spurred me to continue in this adventure. Without a defined name, without resources, just a borrowed camera and simple tripod I decided to interview people who could speak to theirtheir distinct vision of video games. Shipwrecked people who had wound up there due to a variety of reasons. The whole caboodle with one aim, to witness the creation of stories to entertain and connect people to video games. Because if I had to emphasize something in particular about videogames, it is their social nature. A feature that goes far beyond, straight to The Gamer Inside.
And it´s time to end here (it´s enough for a first article). I suppose that if you have reached this point is because you are fairly interested in this project, so I would like to finish off by talking about the state of it.
From now on, anybody can support this work in Lanzanos, a crowfunding webpage. There we have defined a reward plan to reward people who want to support us financially for carrying out a pilot chapter (and if you like it, we´ll continue with more chapters). At the moment, the project is in “The Box” where all good ideas start, but only the most voted ones will receive funding. This hasn’t happened to us yet but I hope that, thanks to you, my dear readers of Marca Player, it becomes a reality.
Besides that, I would like to inform you that this week we are going to present the project with part of the team in FNAC La Gavia at 19:30h. This will be streamed on our channel of Ustream.
Here is our tribute video to the first 150 interviewed people. Keep in touch, companions of this adventure!
[Translated by Inma González Escolar]
[Reviewed by Al Goss]