I’ve come to the conclusion that I like playing the Lego Star Wars video games (in my case, on the PS2) more than I like watching the Star Wars films. As much as I love playing games, this kind of surprised me. I do loves me some Star Wars movies (yes, even the prequels–and if you comment here on my blog about how you think George Lucas peed in your corn flakes, I’ll ignore you), but the Lego Star Wars games are absolutely fantastic, and provide me with more fun and entertainment than the movies do.
For one thing, there’s no clumsy dialogue or wooden acting in the video games. (I did say I love the Star Wars movies, right? Well, that doesn’t mean I’m blind to their faults.) But more than that, I love that every character–even *shudder* Jar Jar–has a role, something you need them for, something for them to do in the game. I love how movie sequences both major and minor are extended in the video games, filled with colorful set pieces and clever puzzles. Basically, the games combine two things I loved to do as a kid, play with Legos and play with Star Wars action figures, in a way that is completely engaging and fun. Playing the video games makes me feel like a kid again, and you all know how much I like that. Plus, it’s something my daughter likes to do with me. I feel like I’m passing this legacy of fun and play and imagination on to her. The Force is strong in my family.