They sure do that for me. Let’s pose a question: after seeing your favorite movie starring your favorite character, do you ever feel like you’d want to play a game and control the character you saw in the movie?
Like, after seeing Lords of The Rings you feel an urge to play as Gandalf (or say “run you fools” to your friends) or something like that. I bet you do. At least sometimes.
Well, I’m like that.
I know that rationally that makes no much sense. I wanna be me. I don’t really care how some long wood creature called Treebeard lives, but after seeing Treebeard in the movie, I start talking to my dogs with that funny voice. When I do that, the dogs look at me as oddly as you think of me now.
It’s kind of strange how seeing things affects on our (well, mine at least) mind to experience things. Logically speaking, even though Battlestar’s Adama is a cool leader in my opinion, it doesn’t really make no sense to why I choose Adama in the board game version. After all, the only Adama in game is depicted in the character card, with some special skills listed. For strategic purposes, I could equally well pick some other character – but I wanna pick Adama.
Choosing Adama as my character, doesn’t make me Adama, but somehow I’ve always felt some sort of cool feeling for roleplaying things. When we played ice hockey as kids, we were roleplaying Teemu Selänne. When we played war outdoors, we were shooting Terminators and stuff.
Maybe it’s not the movies that mess up things. Maybe it’s just our brain that creates us a feeling that brings something more into experiencing games. Something that games cannot provide inside. Something that we must choose to put in to games.
Maybe we just need to give ourselves to act childish sometimes, and really enjoy playing games?