Thursday, May 20, 2010
World Building - Helpful Hobbies
Then online gaming came out and whole new worlds opened up to me. Games like World of Warcraft, Eve online, Black Hawk Down, City of Heroes/Villains, Star Wars online, and sooo many more. If you’ve seen it, I’ve played it.
Gaming has also helped me with world building. Because not only am I a gamer, I’ve become a Simmer as well. What’s that you say? It’s a game called Sims. I play both Sims 2 and Sims 3. It allows my “girly” side to come out and play some too. Sims allows you to build your own virtual world in a way that brings you right into the stories. You get to build your own homes, so you can know exactly where every piece of furniture is in your characters homes and you don’t have to go magazine picture hunting to find one that looks similar to the one in your imagination. You can just create it. As you and your character see it. Brilliant.
The inside, the outside, the yard...everything is customizable. Even your playable characters. Here’s a few examples. I have one game for every book I’ve written. I know what they look like, where the live and even what their neighborhoods look like. There are even historically accurate player made clothes from the regency and Victorian era. It really makes the saying bringing your story come to life take on a whole new meaning.
It’s really worth the money just to be able to see your characters home in your own virtual creation. And on top of that you get to play the game and it’s a lot of fun. It’s kind of like playing a virtual Barbie doll.
This is how one of my hobbies helps me write my stories. So my question is this; what other hobbies do you have that coincide with your writing and help you write your stories?