Everywhere I go see it's face. My coworkers are talking about it. My family is talking about it. Social media hasn't stopped talking about it for the last 2 years. Now we've got everyone talking about a specific player that has been elevated to Gamer Sainthood. Are FromSoft games a religion?
Okay, let me back up. This isn't necessarily new. I know that. Souls games have been a particularly hot topic for years now. The communal aspect is an undeniably huge part of the whole Souls experience. Streaming Souls games is almost an entire sub-genre in itself. There are YouTube channels dedicated solely to Souls LORE.
But Elden Ring is bigger than that, right? Like, it's breaking out of the usual gaming circles and entering 'the outside world'. It's a massive thing that is, in real time, overwriting the term 'Souls-like' to be 'Elden Ring-like'. People have been asking how other games will compare, or if they'll reconfigure themselves to fall more in line with the shape Elden Ring has taken. In so many places it's assumed that someone has been, will be, or currently is playing it. Elden Ring is for most already the de facto GOTY and saying otherwise can get you burned at the proverbial stake.
Have we seen the face of Gaming God?
My question to you is, why? What is it about certain games, or From games and Elden Ring specifically, that makes them take over and engrave themselves as "good" or "worthy" in the minds of so many that participate in the conversation?