Sunday, January 21, 2018

Haiga inspired by a video game

Last year, I wrote a series of haiga inspired by a video game, Grand Theft Auto V, at my other blog. The images were all screen captures from the game using a game console. It was pretty fun doing the project, sometimes the words just popped out, like right on the screen.

If you look beyond the gore, the bad language (the f*** word is in almost every line) and that you are playing the roles of 3 very psychopathic "heroes", it is a very good game. Perhaps you do not understand what I am talking? Never mind. Enjoy the haiga. ☮

haiga inspired by a video game

the flies have left
the blood has dried on the linoleum

thunderhead over rooftops -
my heart
heavy again.

the end
of another day.
a million murmurs

on the wind your name

shuffling feet
the night shift clocks in

__________ ☢ __________

Click on the image for a larger view.
If you want to see the whole nine yards (12 haiga) click here.

All images by dsnake1 generated by a game console using a game disc and edited by PaintShop Pro software.

"I'm still alive, in case you're wondering."
-- Michael de Santa, one of the protagonist in the game

Grand Theft Auto V is a copyrighted video game developed and published by Rockstar Games.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2018

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Blogger brudberg said...

What a unique idea... the images from a video game, and it's also an experience I think... the first one was especially strong I think

22 January, 2018 00:47  
Blogger annell said...

This is very interesting. I loved, "your name on the wind."

22 January, 2018 01:22  
Blogger R.K. Garon said...

"I'm still alive, in case you're wondering."
Yup! I wasn't sure if DSNAKE1 was dead or he was in jail :-)
The Haiga(s) were outstanding with me completely de-void of your game's purpose, other than offering you inspiration.
They stand created and they stand alone.
Glad to see you on the street, Cheong :-)

22 January, 2018 02:46  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

I once knew a boy who was hooked on that game. i especially love "on the wind your name."

22 January, 2018 06:50  
Blogger Bekkie Sanchez said...

I like "
the end
of another day.
a million murmurs"

and know the game very well! Very creative!

22 January, 2018 08:07  
Blogger Jae Rose said...

A stunning post.. i loved each one :-)

22 January, 2018 13:14  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I looked at them all. Totally brilliant!

22 January, 2018 15:07  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


it was a interesting experience. i would be playing the game, cruising around, and snap some interesting scene/background and work the haiku around it.
glad you like the first one. i was afraid some might find it morbid. :)


this one was about loss and love. :)


glad to see you around!
nah, i was just super busy with work the last months, but i was still writing on & off (actually not much), and trying to work some poems for a competition.
so here i am, back on the streets. :)

22 January, 2018 16:05  
Blogger Old Egg said...

Having a dark mind I quite liked "The flies have left, the blood has dried on the linoleum". It is good that you have time to blog as well as being addicted to the game!

22 January, 2018 17:36  
Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

Wow!!💞 I love the fact that your haiga were inspired by a video game and find it to be incredibly cool!! You inspire me😊

22 January, 2018 19:11  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


this game is controversial, but most games that have violence usually are. that's why they have ratings. games have helped me to destress. just don't let them get hold of you. :)

i like that haiga too. it's somewhat personal.


ah, another fan of the game. :D


thank you! :)


thank you! :)

22 January, 2018 21:07  
Blogger Mary said...

This is really impressive! A combination of poetic talent and art. I like your originality in these!

22 January, 2018 21:16  
Blogger dsnake1 said...



well, all work & no play makes dsnake a dull boy.




22 January, 2018 21:30  
Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

Awesome poetry! My nephew designs video games. He once worked for Nintendo, but now he has his own company. He was one of the creators on the Cruisin' games..Cruisin' USA, World Cruisin', etc. He also worked on Mortal Combat.

23 January, 2018 01:07  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! :)


Cool! your nephew is a game designer. that needs the mind of an artist, storyteller and programmer. I have played Mortal Combat but i find it a tad too violent. :)

23 January, 2018 22:28  

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