It’s that time of year again (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) when the weather is turning cold. Holidays are approaching that focus less on going out and more on cozying up inside. Some of us may travel great distances to go ‘home’ while others may make ‘home’ wherever they are. That has us thinking about the homes you’ve made in game spaces. This month on Blogs of the Round Table, let’s talk about ‘Home Sweet Home.’
There are many games that allow players to carve out and claim a space to call their own. Unlike customizable avatars, these places become part of the fabric of the game environment. We can travel away from them, packed with gear for battle, or we can travel back to them in search of a bed to rejuvenate our bodies, souls, and possibly our magika. They can be urban or rural. They can be ours alone or communal spaces. Much like real homes, they are what we make of them.
Tell us about homes you’ve made in games. Have you built a home and started a family in Skyrim? What music did your Commander Shepard relax to, and what fish were in the tank, what models on the shelves? What makes your Animal Crossing home distinctly yours? Why is your guildhall the best guildhall in all the MMORPG land? How long have you defended your camp in Don’t Starve? Basically, if you’ve carved out a space to call your own, or if you’ve turned a house into ‘Home Sweet Home,’ we want to hear about it.
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