Armchair BEA is an online conference that runs in conjunction with Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City.
Day 4 of ABEA (which I actually forgot to draft something up for Day 3 oops) features fictional worlds and surviving in them.
Fictional Worlds & Surviving In Them
Which fictional worlds would you want to live in? Which worlds do you never want to dive into? Which worlds are you content to stay behind the glass, so to speak, rather than wishing to dive through the page? And once you get there, what would you do?
I have one definitive answer that draws from my reading and gaming experience to which I would actually really want to have a go at: the world of Panem and The Hunger Games. Literally, the competition.
I’ve mentioned this on my blog before but I actually would love to see how I’d fare in the competition. I’d probably die — actually, no, I’m sure I would — but it’s one of those things I’d love to try failing than to not try at all.
See–this isn’t about some cosmic revelation that I want to prove my worthiness or testosterone-y non-existent manbun, but rather that in most video games I’ve played, I’ve created this false sense of confidence that I’m actually okay (“competent”) enough to be average or maybe above average; that there’s a chance I’d survive.
Plus, when you game-ify anything and make things interactive, there’s more reason to play and win. Have you read the article that mentions shopping at IKEA has a game aspect to it?
But it’s more than that for me. I think (?).
I’m just in awe with the complexity of the different gamemasters and their faux world designs each year. I also told a few people this (or maybe this blog, I forget), but I’d really love an anthology of the first-to-73rd Annual Hunger Games books with either information on past games and their victors or just the actual damn story itself of each game. Dear Cash Cows, please pounce on this opportunity.
So maybe I’d die (maybe I won’t). Can’t hurt to try, you know?
p.s. please put on my tombstone: that guy who happily volunteered as tribute only to die first.
…actually, no, I wouldn’t volunteer [as tribute] for you.