People that have followed my work probably know at least two things about me: I like geeky things, and I don’t have a problem with talking. So, recently, I tried to think of some way I might be able to meld those two things together.
It didn’t take me too long before I came up with something.
Two geeky things I love in particular are comic books and video games. Comic book characters, in many ways, stand as our modern mythology, and their stories are largely told through a creative and efficient form of escapist entertainment. Video games allow us to become different people, and accomplish extraordinary tasks through an interactive form of escapist entertainment, allowing us to drive the fantastical stories ourselves.
Every so often, comic books and video games come together, and feature those timeless characters inside the interactive format granted by video games. Unsurprisingly for me, more often than not these games are the ones I spend the most time playing.
I also read a lot of comics, and have a decent backlog of knowledge about some of the most popular icons ever created on the four-color comics page. So…that got me thinking of a way to meld some of my favorite (and least favorite) games with some of my favorite characters, and do so in a way that I can share with other people.
With video games, that basically means Twitch.TV, an internet “channel” of sorts where people can broadcast their video game sessions to anyone who wants to watch. Having recently acquired some equipment that would allow me to do the same, I got to thinking: why not broadcast superhero games, and also talk about the characters that I love?
Which leads me to Comics on Consoles.
Comics on Consoles will be the title of a “show” I’ll be running through my Twitch channel, where I will broadcast my gameplay sessions with superhero video games. Some of these chosen games will be cream of the crop spectacular, others will be bottom of the barrel terrible.
While playing, I’ll of course give my impressions of the game being played, but I’ll also talk about the character(s) being showcased in the game, what that game emphasizes about the characters, as well as what was going on in that character’s comics at the time of the game’s release.
The nice thing about broadcasting on Twitch is also that it encourages interaction through a chat room while I’m broadcasting, so if there’s something you want to know from me about the game, the character, the comics, or anything else, you’re free to ask me right there on the spot.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be deciding on the format of the broadcasts, along with a schedule about how long I should devote to each game. As of right now, some of the games that I’ll broadcast include the likes of:
- Superman: The Man of Steel (Xbox, 2002)
- X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (PS2/Xbox/GameCube, 2005)
- Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (PS3/Xbox 360, 2011)
- Spider-Man (PS2/Xbox/GameCube, 2002)
- Justice League Heroes (PS2/Xbox/GameCube, 2006)
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PS3/Xbox 360, 2009)
- Batman: Arkham City (PS3/Xbox 360, 2011)
Plus MANY more.
Anyway, if this sounds like something interesting to you, then please let me know. External interest is what will ultimately drive me to broadcast my ecstasy in awesome games or my suffering at terrible ones, and if you think this is something you’d like to see, let me know.
To actually make it happen, I’ll need a couple of other pieces of equipment (a new microphone, one of the older game consoles, some of the actual games, etc.), but I’ll do what I can to make this something everyone can have some fun with.
I hope you will, too.