To many of us, games aren’t just some form of entertainment. To many of us, games are our way of life. As gamers we play different titles to explore new worlds, experience new technology, and meet new creatures. Some of us even fantasize about living in those worlds and their characters invade our dreams. Each of us has that one game that we cling to, the one we always run to first when we need to escape. For a little girl named Danni, that game is The Legend of Zelda.
Kennedy Baruch set out to make a fan film unlike any other. We’ve seen plenty of fan-made projects that either bring a game into the live-action scene, or even add more content to stories that have been left unanswered. Baruch’s project, however, brings the aspect of gaming, even a single game, to the real-world perspective. The film follows Danni, a girl who is having a hard time at school and an even more difficult time at home. She’s struggling with schoolwork and her parents don’t exactly get along, so she escapes to the only world she knows – Hyrule.
The film is a fantastic piece of work, and it nearly brought tears to my eyes. I love how raw and real it is. That being said, I will warn you that it contains some NSFW language, so be warned. This little project, entitled “Escape” won the 2012 Asian Film Festival of Dallas, and I can definitely see why. Check out the film and take a moment to think about what gaming means to you.