When I initially approached this topic as the Editor of a video game website. I had to think exactly how I could possibly spin this to make it related to games. Sure I could dive into Carrie Fisher’s involvement in Dishonored or the Lego Star Wars game, or how Star Wars essentially created the space opera template for games like Mass Effect. However, that wouldn’t do justice to who she was as a person but I will attempt to portray exactly how she affected me as a gamer.
Video games, at their core, are always about having an objective or goal in mind. Typically, the earlier games created had you running as a gallant knight trying to save your girlfriend, wife, or a princess that was kidnapped by some evil force beyond imagination. I grew up with games like these and never really questioned them because they were also extremely fun and entertaining outside of the goal. The goal for me was never to rescue the woman at the end but rather to enjoy the experience leading up until the end. One thing that Star Wars helped me (and I’m sure others) really understand was that although the princess is captured by an evil force, she isn’t totally helpless.
Carrie Fisher and her co-stars in the movie, brought Lucas’ characters to life in a way even he had never imagined. Her portrayal of Leia gave a sass and determination that was almost nonexistent in female leads at that time. It escalated her beyond most of the standards and instantly made her iconic. As a female, you were able to relate to her and as a man, it reminded us of how alluring a strong and confident woman really is. What may surprise some though, is that Carrie wasn’t exactly acting, that was how she was in real life.
Outside of Star Wars, Fisher championed both feminism and the fight against the stigma of mental health. Her contributions off-screen were numerous and to just say “I’m sad” that princess Leia is gone would be incorrect. I’m sad that a great woman who was a hero both on and offstage is gone would be far more accurate.
Andron (or Ace as he likes to call himself) is the so called "Head Honcho" of Bombchu.com. He has a deep passion for video games primarily RPGs, Fighting or Adventure. When not gaming, he's furiously typing on his keyboard or coming up with new schemes.