What if one of the greatest additions to a beloved video game series, was also the most overlooked? Chris Kohler makes a compelling case for the most criminally neglected Final Fantasy V in his book of the same name. Final Fantasy V, published by Boss Fight Books, is equal parts macro and microscopic, sharing industry and game specific history, developer commentary through interviews, and glimpses into the authors own youth …
But courage need not be remembered… for it is never forgotten.
– Princess Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a remarkable game. Nintendo has done an incredible job of recapturing the experience of playing the original Legend of Zelda, while fully bringing the game into modern gaming standards.
Breath of the Wild includes many familiar elements, but just as many new ideas are introduced to the series. Before playing, it is easy to assume this game is just another Zelda title, only bigger. However, Nintendo took some risks in changing up the traditional approach to the series. That takes courage.
Any time we try something new, courage is required.
Sitting back and doing nothing, or worse, criticizing others, does not require courage. Speaking up and letting your unique voice be heard is an important step for anyone who wants to make anything better.
Indeed, courage is not forgotten…but it can be ignored, suppressed, or avoided.
Yet courage is also contagious. When one stands up for the truth or what is right, it wakes up courage in the hearts of others. Acting with courage is what every leader is called to do, and everyone who acts with courage becomes a leader – regardless of their title, age, gender or any other descriptor.
So where do you need courage in your life?
Here is another quote to ponder: “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage”
And no, I’m not suggesting that you go out and buy a zoo.
“You are only as good as your last battle.”
– Cor Leonis, Final Fantasy XV
Memories can be short – people often forget successes of the past.
When I put a lot of work into an idea or a project, it is exciting to see it launch. But at some point, I need to move onto what is next.
I cannot rely on successes of 3 years ago to carry me forward today.
“Success is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due everyday.”– Rory Vaden, Take the Stairs.
For every lock, there exists a key.
– Ignis Scientia, Final Fantasy XV
The world of Final Fantasy XV is a vast one, filled with danger, excitement, and mystery. At one point, Prince Noctis (voiced by THE Ray Chase and the “Chocobros” encounter a door that is very much locked. Always providing timely insight, is the royal advisor (and master chef), Ignis Scientia (voiced by the talented Adam Croasdell).
More than just a casual observation, this quote from Ignis reveals an important truth about why video games are so compelling, and offers all of us an example of how hope can drive ingenuity. One of the key drivers that keeps individuals playing well-crafted video games, is a sense of purpose, or “epic meaning.”
(You can learn more about epic meaning from Jane McGonigal’s now classic TED talk HERE or dig really deep into the realm of gamification with expert Yu-Kai Chou in this post HERE ).
This sense of purpose, and hope that a solution exists, is essential to all great games, even if the purpose is simply to explore or enjoy the time spent playing.
I find Ignis’ words especially motivating when looking at a difficult task, or when I am trying to accomplish something that has never been done before. If we enter into a challenge with the expectation that it CAN be overcome, then our brains go to work on creating the solution.
However, if we believe that something is impossible, our minds shut down and we cannot see the solution, even if it right in front of us.
This hopeful mindset provides purpose, and interestingly enough, reminds me of yet another speaker with a similar message, Simon Sinek. Simon’s message is that when you start with why you are doing something, what you do and how you do it can align. And without a clear why, what you do and the how you do it will lack clarity and focus.
What difficult challenge are you facing today?
Remember this quote.
Then, go find the key.