I guess the machinima and virtual fashion are both parts of the Video Game Culture—I don’t actually know if this term exists or not… I just want to share some own experiences related to the cultural phase of video game.
7 years ago, my friends and I started to play the famous Star Craft. After months of being devoted into this game, we decided to found our own Star Craft clan, like other Quake clans. We voted for the clan name, clan leader and clan song. After that, we set up constitutions and three departments: Zerg, Protoss and Terran. We also started to recruit new member. Every applicant had to pass our test (we graded his performance in the play against one of our admission team). It is totally like an openning of a new company, or a new Kongfu association in the old time. This was what we—a group of 16 years old high school students were excited about everyday. We were feeling that we’re doing really big stuff.
During those two years, the centre of our life was Star Craft. We were talking about battle strategies and skills all day long. We spent weekends and summer vacation hanging out at internet cafes, talking, laughing and battling. We were also talking about the emerging e-sports development, the future of e-sports and the possibility of professionalizing e-sports clans.
“people relate to each other and to objects on the basis of shared meanings.” Most members in our clan became the best friends. We’re the most famous micro-community in our school. We have our own Star Craft jokes and terms. At the mean time Internet literature was emerging and becoming popular. So some of us were also writing literature articles regarding our Star Craft life on forums. I celebrated my 17 years old birthday in the internet cafe with cakes, Star Craft and clan members.
This is just one example of the entire Star Craft community in China at that time. There was a popular saying: “We can’t play Star Craft for the whole life, but we can be friends for that long”. It is true that our clan members don’t play Star right now, but We’re still best friends and we get together every year like a family.
I believe Star Craft has created a culture, by assembling those kids together, granting them friendships and giving them an ideal and a way to enjoy their lives.