A little melodramatic for a video game? Sure. But it’s never about the character, it’s about what the character has seen.
I started playing Pokémon Sun back in November 2016. According to the Featured Image, I began playing 11/18/2016. That’s…a long time. Like, a really long time ago. Trump’s Presidency only became official a few days before that and that happened, like, 47,000 years ago.
Now, when it came out, I did a farewell of sorts to my previous character from Pokémon X & Y.
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Xander came along at a rough time in my life. He was a big motivator, a way to keep moving forward, to show me how to move forward. Feels strange that I won't be adventuring with him anymore. I know he's a video game character, but that changes little of his relevance. Thanks, buddy.
Choice is up to you. Am I crazy or just a big softie?
See, these characters matter to those who create them. Who experience them. They are a whole life, running parallel to your own. Anyone who’s ever designed their own main character for a game, a story, an RPG, knows what I mean. They become real, and that’s what continues to make stories brilliant. Life through creation.
I created Xander, the guy above, as I went through my divorce. Without him, it would have been even harder to survive that death.
So, what did Keo do?
In the time since I first started playing this game:
April and I were already engaged, so we planned a wedding. We got married. We moved into our second apartment together. We honeymooned in the Bahamas together. I turned 30. Then I turned 31. Then, like some kind of clock, I turned 32. I continued writing for George Takei. Then, I started writing for 3 more of his sites. I started this blog. I made an amazing group of friends in Phoenix called the Monster Rangers. We went to Vietnam, the Philippines, and Japan. My tutoring business expanded enough to where I could help take my family to a New Year’s trip to Disney. We got pregnant. We lost that pregnancy. We got pregnant with twins. We bought a house.
And I finished writing 1 book.
You can do a lot in 3 years. Keep track of it all and you’ll see it’s a lot more than you think.
Good-bye, Keo. Thanks for all the help.
Thanks for reading,