Maybe we don't take enough time when playing through video games. Maybe we rush through. Maybe it would be useful, once in a while to just take a look at your surroundings and say to yourself, 'this universe, this world that has been designed and built from scratch, is simply an amazing place to visit, and exist in'. I think this is what this awesome Guild Wars 2 video says to me, personally.
One of my favourite things about visiting video game studios is the concept art dotted around all the walls — physical drawings dreamed up by an artist — it reminds me that every single gaming environment I engage with, exist in, had a starting point, that it began life as a very human impulse. It reminds me that someone had to imagine this place, and take the first steps to bring it into being. Too often I think we take that fact for granted. 'This is a place that exists, and has always existed,' we usually say to ourselves, if we even think about it at all.
No. Someone imagined this. Then they painstaking drew it, then a team of people set about the task of trying to design it as a fully interactive playable space. In its own way, it's a miracle.
So, despite the fact that I have never played Guild Wars 2, and will most likely never play it, I found the above video quite inspiring to watch. I hope you feel the same way!