I love and hate him in equal measure- such a nasty piece of work, especially in Arrow. Good villainy!
Suppose you know someone that used to play video games long ago, but stopped for whatever reason, but now want to get back into playing some games. Or even someone that has never dabbled in video games but wants to. What advice/tips/suggestions would you give them?
This is an interesting question. Here are a few ideas:
- Ignore the negative side of the community - Most hobbyists love to get new people into the fold, but the videogame community is strangely and uniquely hostile to newcomers, outsiders, and anyone else who isn’t exactly as steeped in the culture as they are. Should you visit forums or other websites and mention that you are a new or lapsed gamer, it is likely you will receive some measure of abuse.
It’s a bizarre, toxic and counterproductive attitude, but the good news is that you simply do not have to subject yourself to it. If you’re looking out for it, you’ll soon come to recognize the enclaves of hate and also the pockets of decency and supportive attitudes, and learn to revel in the latter and avoid the former like the plague that it is. Remember, while it may seem like the hateful people are the gaming community, the truth is that they are simply the loudest, and that you just have to look a bit harder to find others who are more interested in community and positivity.
- Look beyond the shiny surface of the market - For those who are new to gaming or newly returning, your knowledge of the current game market probably comes from advertisements on television and in magazines, and perhaps a derogatory hit piece or two on Fox News. You’re sure to be aware that there’s a bunch of shiny new Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto games, as well as other big-budget explosion-fests. But it’s important to understand that those things represent only part of what videogames are.
In truth, the array of experiences offered by videogames is much more vast than the television ads suggest. Games can be small, emotional, contemplative, bizarre, hilarious, heartbreaking, silly and smart. I encourage you to check out not only the giant blockbusters you’re familiar with, but also indie games, freeware games, indie bundles, game jam products and more. Gaming is a big world to explore - don’t confine yourself to one tiny island.
- Don’t worry - And finally, just don’t worry. Don’t worry about the Reddit trolls who will look down on you if you haven’t played every single Final Fantasy or Call of Duty game in the last 15 years. Their opinion doesn’t matter, and shouldn’t affect your enjoyment of other games. And don’t worry about what games you “should” play. If you love playing little indie games and don’t much care for big AAA games (or vice versa), don’t let their fans make you feel bad. If you haven’t played “the classics,” don’t feel like you need to in order to get started. If you get no enjoyment out of RPGs or platformers or indie games or whatever else, don’t feel like you “have to” play them in order to be well-rounded or be a member of this community. Don’t play what you “should” play - play what makes you happy.
You’re going to get a lot of unsolicited advice about what the “good” games are and the experiences without which you are not a “real gamer,” but the truth is there are no “good” games or “real” games - only games that you can get something out of. You alone get to decide which games provide you with value. And if you can find and appreciate those experiences, regardless of what some people might say, you are doing gaming exactly right. Welcome.
At some friends’ house warming party last night they showed us a candle they had gotten from their new neighbours- two children had knocked on the door earlier seemingly at random, presented it and welcomed then to the street. Lovely.
After three months in my new house im still waiting for my candle. In that time however, the old woman upstairs has cut down the tree in our garden, the woman next door and her dog have both (yes, both of them) looked me up and down with an expression of sheer grimace and the couple nearby have had a domestic in the hallway which resulted in the mister being tackled to the ground outside by the police and taken away in the back of the car. Aww bless.
I dont think im ever going to even consider asking for a cup of sugar at this point…
My piece for the Mondo X Disney SXSW art show.
Officially-licensed, 7-colour screen print. 24x36. Edition of 250.
The Smashing Pumpkins - The Everlasting Gaze
This came on shuffle pretty recently and blew me away. I’ve always been a fan of the Smashing Pumpkins since I was yay high, but I guess i’d forgotten how much I liked the later Pumpkins -now, weirdly, middle era Pumpkins. The chorus here is pretty intense, and Billy Corgan dressed as a goth Voldermort is always interesting. What a dude.
Wednesday is new Hawkeye day.
With comics (like TV) I usually wait for the trade paperback (or boxset) before getting stuck in, but since sampling Hawkeye randomly last year, month on month its been a real treat and something that I continue to look forward to- I cant recommend it enough, bro.
The best thing on TV right now. Personal work, 2014.
In between catch up viewing of Breaking Bad and New Girl, True Detective is definitely brilliant indeed.
I had a dream last night that I owned a large mansion in Paris, only the front doors wouldn’t shut properly, and as I kept trying to slam them shut I disturbed Leonardo DiCaprio as he was resting in a nearby pattiserie. Enraged, DiCaprio pushed his way in to my mansion and chased me up the stairs. Then my dream changed and I was in a pink room on my wedding day, only I was marrying a girl from my work named Sasha, She’d picked out a lilac puffy wedding dress and pink shoes with a funny pun on them, I was really happy (especially with the punny shoes), the dress was really beautiful and I just felt really happy, then, halfway through the ceremony it dawned on me- Richard, I have a boyfriend.. I think he might mind if I got married? The dream ended with lots of people around me looking really angry.
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