Back in the early 2000’s, I was on a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and with Halloween right around the corner, this is a great time to follow through on […]
Followers of my personal blog have probably already gathered I work at my local humane society (animal shelter). It’s an extremely tiring, but also extremely rewarding job. Working there has shown me that some things I take for granted between […]
If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably noticed I’m spending a lot of time watching the #SGDQ (Summer Games Done Quick) 2015 event. I mentioned it briefly on my personal blog, but I’ve never sat down and tried to explain why I enjoy watching so much.
I only discovered the Games Done Quick events after seeing a friend of mine tweeting about #AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) last January. Gremz is an awesome lady that I first met through the Video Games Awesome Minecraft server, and whom I later spent time with in an online Pathfinder game. She’s got good taste, and I figured anything she was that excited about was probably worth checking out, despite never having much interest in speedruns.
When I went to their website, I read that GDQ is “a bi-annual charity gaming marathon. Volunteers play games at incredible speed (“Speedrunning”) for entertainment. The event is streamed live online, non-stop, and all donations go directly to the charity.”
I had a different article typed up and ready to go for today. I’d planned on discussing my view that it’s healthy to have opinions about the things you enjoy – including criticism. In short, feeling that a game/book/movie could be improved if only [thing] does not automatically mean you hate the game/book/movie, and I get tired of folks being so quick to jump all over each other based on that faulty assumption. I still might talk about that either here or on my personal blog, but I’ve gotten distracted enough with E3 news to type up something a bit different.
I bring it up right now because in the process of naming one of our kittens, “Lumie” (you’ll get that if you play The Secret World) I got thinking about the ways I bring my gaming and other geeky hobbies into the rest of my life.
[Photo: Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham]
I have always been “that” friend. “Yeah, but in the book the line was…” “In the book, that character…” “Really, it was so much better in the book because…”
One of the reasons I say these things is usually, if I see a movie based on a book, I’ve read the book first. When I was a kid it was Bambi, Dr. Dolittle (1967), The Secret of NIMH, and Watership Down. As I got older…I wouldn’t even know where to start; it sometimes seems like every movie I watch was once a book and every book I read eventually becomes a movie. I’m a huge fan of Stephen King though, and I can tell you now that I don’t think any of his books translate as well as I’d like to the screen.