Videogame enthusiasts tend to be a little overenthusiastic about their games. While many of the people who dress like Mario and Luigi, or pretend to be lost in Raccoon City tend to be under the age of 30, a new group of people show people that you can never be too old for roleplaying.
“We were working on a generator repair call”, explained Matthew Higgins. “While on the call I noticed that one of the parts I was replacing looked exactly like that piece of the missing link from the videogame ‘Zelda’.”
Upon finding the piece Higgins, age 34, went straight to his favorite videogame forum to show other users the similarities. The general feedback from the users on the forum was that it did look like a piece of the missing link, and that he should put it to good use in a creative and fun way.
“I wanted to have confirmation before I went and gathered a group of friends to role play my favorite videogame of all times”, explained Higgins. “Sure, I got some trolls that said I was insane, but most of the users said that it was indeed very similar to the missing link. So I ran with it.”
Higgins gathers several of his friends and developed a detailed and complex role playing game that allowed everyone to reenact favorite scenes from the videogame series ‘Legend of Zelda’. One of the parts hid different parts that were from previous generator repair calls around the city. The group of people engaged in extensive adventures and battles to find the pieces.
“It was like I was living my videogame in real life”, said Higgins. “It was really amazing and something I always envisioned doing.”
Higgins took the roleplaying experience extremely serious. He hired local costume designer, Sally Fritz to help develop the costumes.
“I thought this man had a few screws missing when he came and approached me to help him with the game”, said Fritz. “But I thought it would be kind of fun to design costumes, so I went with it.”
The roleplaying adventure lasted 15 days, and covered several favorite city landmarks. After hearing about this extensive game, many videogame fans have expressed interest in wanting to take part in the game with them next time they do it.
“Next time will be bigger and better than ever”, said Higgins. “I just wanted to show people that yes, you can have fun with videogames and still be older, and that’s what I did.”
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