May The Fourth Be With You, Happy Star Wars Day
May the fourth be with you. I’m sure many of you are familiar with this phrase, and for those of you that aren’t please allow me to explain. You see May 4th is known as Star Wars Day due to an easy play on words. In Star Wars there is a catchphrase may the force be with you replace force with fourth and you get may the fourth be with you.
A life long Star Wars fan myself I love this day, a day to celebrate one of my favorite franchises. Now there are so many events to celebrate Star Wars Day that I could not list them all off to you even if you wanted me to. I do know that ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm in late 2012, at Disney parks since they have had multiple events and festivals.
I know that many of you most likely do not care for the Star Wars movies, and you are probably wondering why I put this article up in the first place. Truth is the Star Wars franchise is not just the movies, toys, and books Star Wars also has a very rich video game history.
How rich of a history? I can tell you that Star Wars games go all the way back to the early 1980’s. Not only that, but nearly every platform has had a Star Wars game true some have slipped through the cracks I mean even the 3DO had a Star Wars game. Unlike other movie properties that do video games Star Wars did not just stick to making games about the movies, in fact they took the video game market so seriously that they created their own studio named Lucasfilm Games.
It was later renamed to LucasArts the focus was on development and licensing. Now while all six Star Wars movies did in fact get video games based on their respective movies. The studio went above and beyond that they expanded the types of games that they made. True many of them still carried the Star Wars name, but most of them were not based on the movies in fact many of them had nothing to do with the movies what so ever. Something else that should not be over looked is that fact that Star Wars games cover so many genres. I mean a role playing game, first person shooter, or real-time strategy, and the list goes on there are even Star Wars learning games.
The franchise expanded into new territory with entries like X-Wing, Rebellion, and Dark Forces. While all of these games had the Star Wars name attached to them. They were distinct games that didn’t require the player to have watched a single Star Wars movie. LucasArts continued to look for ways to bring players games without them becoming stale, as with all endeavors some of them failed.
One such effort that comes to mind is Super Bombad Racing. It was a Star Wars game for the Playstation 2 that came out in 2001. The game was a kart style racing game with super deformed Star Wars characters. Basically big heads on little bodies, I myself thought the game was stale, and not really a lot of fun to be honest I mean I can see how someone thought it would be a good idea.
While other efforts pay off immensely such as Knights of the Old Republic. It was a collaboration with Bioware originally for Microsoft Xbox and Windows the game released in 2003. The game itself is a role-playing game that is choice driven. It allows players to follow the light side or the dark side. You get to create a character choose their gender and class. Knights of the Old Republic also had a great story with twist as well as multiple endings depending on which path you choose. These elements came together to make a truly great game in my opinion.
The thing is that when someone is celebrating Star Wars Day they may not be celebrating the movies. Perhaps some of them are fellow gamers who could care less about the movies, but are celebrating Star Wars Day because they love the video games.
Maybe they love both the movies and the games, however you slice it though video games are a big part of Star Wars. That makes this our day just as much as those who love the movies and books or for those that just love anything Star Wars. So I end the article with this happy Star Wars Day.
May the fourth be with you
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