Happy New Year everyone! Ring in the New Year with this week’s PSN Community Spotlight. For the unfamiliar, this is where PlayStation gamers tell their unique stories/experiences/thoughts, as submitted to this section in the PlayStation Community Forums. Those that make it all the way to the PlayStation Blog will receive a $50 PlayStation Store voucher via private message on the forums.
Last week we asked for your PlayStation stories, and gamer smashbrosmk wrote in to tell us about how PlayStation games inspired him to pursue art.
The Pathway of the Artist
PlayStation has been a very rewarding experience in my life, giving me inspiration and the courage to try new things pertaining to my goal of being an artist.
I was so excited when I received my PlayStation 1 and it changed my life forever. Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon were my first games, and the first steps towards my love for video games. I was mesmerized by the character designs, backgrounds, and even the overall stories. I needed to see more of these games, and I did, building up a collection of PS1 games. Even to this day, I buy PS1 games so I can further add on to my collection.
When I got older, I had a clearer outlook on the PS1 and what it had to offer. However, I was not aware that there would be a new console coming up with even more epic games to offer. When I first got my PS2 the same year that it debuted, I didn’t know what to expect from the slew of games that would be coming out. By that time, my creativity was enhanced, and I had more and more ideas running through my head. One of these games was Rayman Arena. It seemed to be a very colorful game, and it had served as a base on my PS2 adventures. Unfortunately, I was never a good decision maker, and I always chose subpar games, which kind of ruined my creativity.
Years later, I obtained my PSP Go. I only had Dissidia Final Fantasy as my first game, but I was blown away by the design of it. It inspired me to take my art to the next level. Every other game I got fueled my inspirations, the most inspiring being the Silent Hill series. I’ve always wanted one of the games since I’ve been studying them, but I never got a chance, so hopefully I’ll get the chance soon.
On that same year, I received my PS3. It was possibly the best experience in my gaming life. So many new inspirations, art designs, characters, stories, and an overall new look in my video game life. With so many games coming out at that time and in the future, I felt compelled to create new projects, sketches, and even create many new characters of my own. It was a huge step in my life. And with me having these skills, I owe it all to Sony, for giving me the strength and determination to do whatever I set my mind to. Thank you for reading this if you’ve taken the time to do it. I appreciate it, and I hope to create a Sony related artwork in the future.