Video game is not all damaging. Playing excessively is bad, but that’s just about with everything else. The key to happiness in life is balance. Shenmue series teach valuable life lessons. That’s why it is so special.
If I were to go back in time and play Shenmue I and II as a kid, this would easily be my #1 video game. As I mentioned in this blog several times, I grew up watching martial arts films and fell in love with it. Combining video game and martial arts film, makes it the perfect game for me. Those are the two things that bring me joy. Ha! I guess the word nostalgia is not entirely bad. I used to associate it with bad feelings, so I avoid playing older games, but this game brought good memories of my childhood.
I find that Ryo Hazuki so relatable, which makes the whole gaming experience enjoyable. But it’s not just the character, never a moment do I find myself bored. Talking to NPCs is like talking to people in real life. They are all so different in shapes and sizes. But what really make this game so special is that it offers me that escape, which most video games these days fail. Everything feels genuine and safe.
Music is really important to me even more important to me than story. It sets the mood and the atmosphere of the game, and thus making the world immersive and memorable. I also especially love the women in this game too. They all remind me of my own mother–strong and beautiful. Whoever said that Asian women are submissive, they should think twice.
“Softness doesn’t mean there is no force.” The average westerner doesn’t understand this concept. So far in my work-life, this is how I maintain peace. Most conflicts can be avoided if you have a clear mind. But this concept doesn’t always work, sometimes being too passive is not a good thing as I learned from playing Rule of Rose. If only we live in a perfect world, most ideas are inherently beautiful, but not always practical.
So that’s my thoughts so far about this game. I will leave you folks with this video clip. I appreciate the humor a lot. I think we are all guilty of this.