The Beaten Diaries #4: Paper Worlds

APRIL ISSUE: POST #20

How can it be Friday again already?

Since it is Friday again that means I’ve already written twenty posts on this blog. I don’t even really know what I’ve been writing about.

But I digress, for my fourth beaten diaries post, I’ll be talking about a game made of paper. Well, not literally made of paper. One that looks like paper. Has a paper style. You get me.

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That game is, of course, Tearaway, on the PS VITA. I luckily managed to start playing the VITA because my very kind husband let me borrow his, and somehow now, I own it (I didn’t steal it I swear). I got a few games too, one of them being Tearaway, and for months after, I proceeded to play the crap out of it (and eventually, the remake too!)

This is one of the few games that I actually made an effort to get 100% trophies with, and it was really pleasant and enjoyable, and quite replayable too. This game is a platform adventure video game that was announced back in 2012. The game’s plot revolves around a messenger on a mission to deliver a message to the player, i.e. You. There are two characters to choose from, the male and the female, and they’re both as equally adorable as each other, and you guide either one through the many different lands while collecting scraps, taking pictures and defeating enemies.

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This game is really creative and really takes advantage of the VITA, and it definitely reminds me of LittleBigPlanet in a few ways, well, I mean I guess it makes sense since Media Molecule developed both of them. I’m really glad these games exist- we need some bright and imaginative games in this world, to balance out all that horror and gore and whatnot.

Apparently, the original inspiration for Tearaway comes from some of the co-creators doodles around the office, and during the process of making the game, they used movies such as Labyrinth and The Chronicles of Narnia to help them with ideas and story development. The style of the game is definitely my favourite part about it though. It’s wonderful, mainly because absolutely everything looks like it’s made out of paper. I feel like I’m looking down into a completely different universe (in other words, my mind was blown into pieces of confetti). But thinking about the paper itself, okay, it does seem boring, but there are so many things that can be done with it and believe it or not, the rest of this post is going to be about exactly that.

Are you really going to write an essay all about paper?

Well, no, but I probably could.

I’ll just throw a few facts out there so you won’t feel like tearing your hair out.

  • The first papermaking process was documented in China during the Eastern Han Dynasty which was around 104 A.D. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a long time ago.
  • Before this though, writing surfaces were made from materials such as bamboo slips, bones and tortoise shells. I’m glad we didn’t continue with that idea, carrying homework to school would’ve been a nightmare.
  • Of course, we need to look out for the environment and the world in general, as making paper is pretty bad for it. There are plenty of articles about this online, and from what my research tells me, paper is the third largest industrial polluter of air, soil, and water. So yeah, I don’t want to sound like your super bossy parent but go recycle! Now. 

So basically, there has been a lot of development since the beginning, perhaps too much development. But regularly recycling and reusing paper is the best way to go. Although this post isn’t about lecturing you, so I’ll move on.

So what can you do with paper?

Lots and lots and lots of things, believe it or not. You can draw on it, you can write on it, you can even set it on fire! Although we really shouldn’t let it go to waste. So put down that match and take a look at this next list instead.

  • Origami (I haven’t really tried origami that much, but golly, it’s really beautiful when done right. I really respect the pros.)
  • Papercutting (Have you seen papercutting art? Those artists are so talented. The detail, the time put into them- there’s so much to praise. Just, do yourself a favour and click here.)
  • Paper Airplanes (I remember my Dad and I used to make a bunch of these and then play catch with them in the kitchen. They sometimes got caught in the ceiling fan though.)
  • Paper Chains (I mean the Christmas ones. I still make them. Simple yet effective.)
  • Fortune Tellers (Everybody made these in school right? They told the truth and nothing but the truth.)

and finally Tearaway! If you didn’t know, you can actually find some papercraft plans on their website here! I haven’t tried this yet and I really should. Everyone has been pulled so hard into the electronic world that we forget that actually making things can be fun too. So I think everyone should give it a try, whether that be making a paper airplane again or trying out some of Tearaway’s neat papercraft! I for one think it’s a perfect activity for a rainy day, and I think Media Molecule would appreciate it as well.

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Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

4 thoughts on “The Beaten Diaries #4: Paper Worlds

  1. When I first got my Vita I got Tearaway too. What a joy that game is, and you’re right: it shows what the Vita can do. I needed that as I was a Nintendo fan first!

    By the way, nice combo writing with the things we need to know about paper!

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