Video Games as Social Lubricant

"We’re all friends here in the gaming tent."It was always destined that I would be awkward at making conversation. Growing up on a farm, I spent most of my time playing by myself and doing imagination things. So, when I started preschool, I didn’t know how to act around other kids. I would climb to the top of the jungle gym and watch the other children, like some kind of reverse Jane Goodall, trying to figure out what they were doing. It was pretty weird.

Nowadays, I’m expected to attend work functions, talk on the phone, and go to friends’ birthday parties. And little four-year-old-Jodie-Foster-in-Nell-Bethany does not like it one bit. She doesn’t know how to function in normal social settings. If you ask her where she lives or what she does for a living or where she sees herself vacationing over the summer, conversation will grind to a halt. I don’t know how to talk about those things. If you bring them up, I’ll probably run back to the hut I’ve built out of sticks in the corner and start lighting things on fire.

But one awkward day a few years ago, I was in the middle of a very awkward conversation with a new coworker. He was mumbling something about where I could find the staples, and I was responding with mumbles about the importance of checking your moles for skin cancer. And then a miracle happened. Continue reading Video Games as Social Lubricant

Demon Leon

Ever since the glorious mid-2000-something day night I went on an IMDb bender and learned that Bastila of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and E.E. from Metal Gear Solid 2 were voiced by the same amazingly talented person, I’ve been fascinated with voice actors. It’s always nice to hear an old friend whose voice you recognize and appreciate across franchises, but it’s really mind-blowing to come across two disparate characters with distinct voices who share…an animating force? A soul? An actor, at the very least.

Here’s the pairing I’m stuck on today: Continue reading Demon Leon

Halloween [man] Candy

Garcia Fucking HotspurI wrote about Garcia Hotspur (or Garcia, ahem, *effing* Hotspur, as he introduces himself) for Halloween Girl Talk at The Hairpin. The man is fine, the game is fun, and if you’re capable of laughing at jokes a stereotypical 13-year-old boy would enjoy, you should give Shadows of the Damned a try.

On the downside, I’ll never look at strawberries quite the same way again.

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