Dragons for Gamers: A Happy Union in Digital Mythology

Fantasy translated into the digital sphere, through games, as prolifically as any other subject or genre. Dragons for gamers: a happy union in digital mythology has made this creature the icon of the whole industry. A digital dragon is the nomen for a member of this whole subculture of people who hook into gaming and a virtual universe populated with supernatural beasts. I counted nearly two hundred digital games where dragons took front and centre stage; and I wasn’t even really trying. Dragons rule dude; and all other characters are playing for second place.

What is it about the dragon that captures the imagination of human beings? And do gamers use their imaginations anyway? Isn’t it all graphically created onscreen for this generation of fantasy virtual worlders? The gamer, obviously, sees himself, or herself, fighting these magical creatures in some quest to defeat evil by pushing buttons or waving the consol about; but is that imagination or something else? For those of us not hooked on computer games it is difficult to understand the fascination or obsession. Whatever, dragons are the stars of the pixel show.

The Spyro series lasted a decade and featured a young purple dragon; it was developed by five different developers during its ten year run. The series eventually became Skylanders; and during its lifetime ran on Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox and Xbox 360.

How to Train Your Dragon has accompanied the movie franchise of the same name. It is available on Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360. The Hobbit has a lengthy history in gaming since 1982, when it first emerged on old platforms like Amstrad CPC, Apple II, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Dragon 32, MS-DOS, MSX, Oric Atmos and ZX Spectrum. More recently, The Hobbit has returned on Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows and Xbox.

Dragon Age, and its sequels, is a role-playing video game where the dragons are bosses and come up against the archdemon dragon and other lesser dragons. Play it on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. Atomic Battle Dragons, which came out in 2005, is another Windows platform designed game; where you joust for supremacy.

7th Dragon, and its sequels, is another role-playing game, where players create a whole team of characters to fight dragons. Play this on Nintendo DS and PSP.