What A Firefighter Sees

Mar 21 2012 @ 6:49pm

All in a day's work:

Alexis is disoriented:

[S]trangely, in seeing through another's eyes with fire raging all about, I find myself drawn back to a different fiction: videogames.

If you grew up in the last twenty years, you will know the helmet cam vantage point from the first-person shooters you've played: Doom, Quake, Goldeneye, Counter-Strike, Halo, Gears of War. So, it's a strange sensation watching the firefighter move through the house. You feel as if you should be able to direct his actions. Crouch, kneel, fire. Presented with what it's like to walk in another person's boots, and my mind reprocesses myself into the scene and reinserts my (false sense of) agency.