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The Games That Define Us features carefully chosen music and remixes from the franchise of the game represented. Music is a key component of sharing the emotions one feels about a game, so we hope you will press the play button if you’re in a position to do so.
Just a brief summary if this is your first time here: This collaboration is a 34-day long adventure through video games. Each piece is its own unique audiovisual experience, complete with artwork, designs, music, and (most importantly) amazing works of prose by brilliant bloggers around the world. This adventure will take you through nostalgia, joy, ambition, self-discovery, regret, anxiety, frustration, mourning, and every human experience in between. Video games exist as fragments on the timeline of our lives, and each one of us have chosen the adventure we feel most defines us.
Some are great writers. Some are great cosplayers. But there is one who is incredibly talented at both. KT from Wintendo 64 has been a long-time supporter of Normal Happenings, and even contributed a wonderful piece for Hyrule: See the Sights! Hear the Sounds! She is also and extraordinary cosplayer — seriously, her work keeps getting better and better with each cosplay. I was so impressed with her recent Barbarian Link cosplay, so you should definitely follow her on Instagram if you want to be constantly in awe with the creativity on display. As far as writing is concerned, I loved her recent piece on supporting content creators!
KT is covering a game that I consider highly underrated, as most Wii games seem to be. The next chapter of The Games That Define Us is underway!
– Matthew, Normal Happenings
KT @ Wintendo 64
For overcoming obstacles…
Game: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Release Date: August 27, 2007
Metroid Prime 3 was the first game to show me that a female protagonist can be just as valid as a male protagonist. In addition, she’s a character living with mental illness who is capable of overcoming her obstacles. Whenever you seem to be on your own it doesn’t mean you’re helpless. And even when you’ve lost everything life is still worth fighting for.
Sophomore year of high school was a weird time. Everything seemed scary, and I was just starting to get slammed with the questions and anxieties of college and “what do you want to do when you graduate?”. It was a time when my anxiety and depression would shove me in such a dark place. Often times I’d find myself exploring Hyrule’s vast green fields for a short vacation from reality.
But not this day. I had just beaten Twilight Princess (again), and I wanted to try something new. Looking at all my games, there weren’t many that I hadn’t played. But there was one that was unfamiliar to me. “Metroid Prime 3: Corruption” — the silver words on the side of the case caught my eye and I pulled it off the shelf. I remembered my brother playing the game when the Wii first came out but I couldn’t say I actually knew anything about the game.
I had never played a Metroid game before; the only time I’d seen Samus was in Super Smash Bros. All the lore, story, and everything about Metroid was foreign to me. Boredom and curiosity drove me to give it a try. As soon as the theme music played on the title screen, I was sucked in. It’s a little odd that I game can “define” me despite not knowing anything about it until a few years ago. but Metroid Prime 3 was the beginning of my love for a series I had been missing for so long. The cutscenes, the music, the game play, everything was absolutely perfect.
Shortly after this game sparked my admiration for Nintendo’s fearless bounty hunter, I was inspired to try cosplaying her. I had only seen cosplays of Zero Suit Samus before, but my 15-year-old self set high standards. I was determined to make her Varia suit. Now keep in mind that I had only done one cosplay before and it was only because I had my grandma help me sew the whole thing. This was before I knew what EVA foam and Worbla were and I had no idea where to even begin to look for tutorials. This was also before I got my first job, so I had very little money to put into it. But I wasn’t about to let that stop me. My mom was throwing out an air mattress, when I saw it in the garbage I thought maybe I could use it as my armor? So my 15-year-old self cut the armor pieces out of an air mattress, duct taped them together and spray painted everything. And when I tried it on I cannot begin tell you how empowered I felt.
Looking back at the photos, it clearly looks like it was built by a clueless 15-year-old with no money. But I was so happy back then that I actually built it by myself. I proudly wore it to conventions not caring that I was a walking pile of trash. Literally the cosplay was made out of trash and paper mache. But I did it, I made a cosplay of my favorite video game character despite how impossible it seemed.
Growing up a girl that loved video games, it was such a big confidence boost to be portrayed as more than a girl that needs saving or the useless eye candy. Female representation in gaming has definitely improved over the years, but I think we can all agree that it has been a long and rough road of progress. As much as I love Zelda and Mario games, I got a little tired of always saving the princess. Don’t get me wrong, I love Peach and Zelda and they both have strong moments and are still great role models. But this was the first time I got to play as a female protagonist. Something about seeing this girl single handedly take out alien space pirate bases was so amazing. Reading all the data entries from the space pirates on how they described the orange bounty hunter how afraid they were of her. And it was just her.
Every other game I’ve played the protagonist has friends along their journey, not Samus though. You play on planets that are nothing but ruins overrun with monsters and Phazon, which is basically a disease slowly killing and corrupting everything it touches. It gets a little depressing honestly. Especially in the third one when you finally meet NPC’s that are joining you in the fight, but soon find everyone is corrupted by Phazon and find yourself alone once again. Samus faces so much and has such a tragic backstory and suffers from PTSD as a result, but she never lets fear win.
Samus by herself drove fear into Nintendo’s most terrifying monsters. As I was entering a relatively scary and uncertain part of my life, it was really encouraging to see this character with such a broken past overcome the impossible. It introduced me to a world where a girl who’s lost everything and arguably has nothing left to fight for, is strong enough to continue anyway.
The reason I can name Metroid Prime 3 as the game that “defines me” is actually less about the game and more about Samus. But without this game, I would have never been introduced to this amazing series. Metroid Prime 3 was the first game to show me that a female protagonist can be just as valid as a male protagonist. In addition, she’s a character living with mental illness who is capable of overcoming her obstacles. Whenever you seem to be on your own it doesn’t mean you’re helpless. And even when you’ve lost everything life is still worth fighting for.
Thanks so much to Matt from Normal Happenings for this super amazing opportunity to talk about a game that has meant a lot to me over the years. It’s been a fun and unique experience talking with other bloggers that share my same nerdy passion. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next mission!
- 0 | Adventure Map
- 1 | Mr. Backlog · Mr. Backlog | The Bard’s Tale
- 2 | GG · Hungrygoriya | Faxanadu
- 3 | Kim · Later Levels | The Secret of Monkey Island
- 4 | Matt · Normal Happenings | Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- 5 | The3rdPlayer · 3PStart | Zombies Ate My Neighbors
- 6 | Amanda · Imaginating Life | Myst
- 7 | Justin · TWOTALL4UFOOL | Donkey Kong Country
- 8 | The Well-Red Mage · The Well-Red Mage | Breath of Fire II
- 9 | Shauna · HideNGoShauna | NIGHTS Into Dreams
- 10 | Murr · geeksleeprinserepeat | Pokemon Red/Blue
- 11 | The Gaming Diaries · The Gaming Diaries | Crash Bandicoot
- 12 | Ryan · Games With Coffee | Final Fantasy VII
- 13 | Luke · Hundstrasse | Resident Evil 2
- 14 | Ellen · LividLightning | Banjo Kazooie
- 15 | Megan · A Geeky Gal | Spyro the Dragon
- 16 | Victor · The Modern Gafa | Digimon World
- 17 | Alex · The Purple Prose Mage | Warcraft III
- 18 | Jan · The Life of Jan | World of Warcraft
- 19 | Heather · Just Geeking By | World of Warcraft
- 20 | Nikki · Normal Happenings | Animal Crossing
- 21 | Chris · OverthinkerY | Kingdom Hearts
- 22 | Ian · Adventure Rules | Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
- 23 | Pix1001 · Shoot the Rookie | Guitar Hero
- 24 | Michael · Git Gud at Life | BioShock
- 25 | KT · Wintendo 64 | Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
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- 26 | Kathy · Krysanthe | Wizard 101
- 27 | Khinjarsi · Upon Completion | Fallout 3
- 28 | Ruubin · FTWRuubin | Borderlands
- 29 | Will · geeksleeprinserepeat | DayZ
- 30 | Alyssa · Nerd Side of Life | The Sims 4
- 1 | Zerathulu · The Zerathulu View | Starcraft
- 2 | Imtiaz · Power Bomb Attack | Super Metroid
- 3 | Teri Mae · Sheikah Plate | Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- 4 | Skylar-Mei · gamergal.exe | Guild Wars 2
- 5 | Matt · Normal Happenings | Final Boss ► Stardew Valley
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