| Poems for Gamers |
The poetic side of gaming life.
This blog is run by writer/gamer Zac Hegwood.
The purpose of this page is to give me an artistic outlet to express my love for gaming. Currently, that means writing literary poems about my favorite games. You can check them out by clicking the "Poems for Gamers" link above.
It sits, unperturbed, atop a mountain of games.
Five warriors, destined by the gods of fantasy to fight, and to suffer, then die.
The purpose of their mission is inconceivable,
And the consequences of their victory—While taking their lives—Will guarantee the salvation
of all humanity. They are called Spartans,
because they are few, because they are fierce, and because their story’s end was foretold
Long before it began. And so here it sits, a monument to monuments,
Five effigies carved in plastic—the granite of our time. The figures stand,
not at attention or salute; they stand
How must they have felt, these fictions of soldiers, these heroes of fantasy, to be the last
team alive whose actions might hold off the invading Covenant forces for
a day, an hour, a moment. A game against fate and a superior sentience.
Would I have bothered?
Despite the programming and the design that the makers utilized,
could I have stood alongside them? If I were to switch places,
Living behind the screen instead of behind the controller,
Would my AI’s will prove enough to face the unknown threat of extinction?
Or would my avatar hide, another NPC among the faceless multitudes who waited
for Noble Team to fight for a world that never existed.