I imagine that anyone who plays video games recreationally has a favorite game. Mine is Kingdom Hearts. This game came out when I was 10 years old, and since then it has been one of my all-time favorites. While the gameplay was exciting to me, one of the main reasons that I stuck with the game was storyline and the characters. One character in specific: Sora, the hero.
Sora was a four years older than me, but this gap was miniscule. I had never played a game where the protagonist was so close to my age. He wasn’t an adult, or even an older teen. His problems and worries were concepts that I could understand and sympathize with. As a protagonist, Sora was extremely relatable.
I looked up to Sora, and how he tackled the world with such optimism. He made friends with people wherever he went, not being judgmental, and helping others as much as he could. His outlook on the world was inspiring. I was a horribly shy child(and am still a shy adult) but seeing how Sora dedicated was to his friends and how he made other friends wherever he went was extremely inspiring to me as a young person.
It wasn’t only his optimism that I could relate with. Sora grow on his quest, and while I wasn’t dealing with traveling the universe to find my missing friends, I had my own share of problems that I was faced with, moving often, having difficulties making friends, and the general growing pains of a young person. Sora’s problems were so much greater than mine but if he was able to face them, even if he was scared, then I should be able to face mine as well.
While the there is fighting in the game, it’s not a violent game, per se. Sora is not looking for revenge, or fighting an alien invasion. He’s looking for his friends who have been stolen away. The game is based on the idea of friendships that transcend everything, even pure darkness itself. Sora diligently fights through the obstacles that he encounters in order to get his friends back, accepting them even when he finds out some of the poor choices that they have made. Acceptance and understanding is a key aspect in maintaining friendship.