Ben's Week In Review: January 25
This week, I will focus on one subject rather than two, and then move on to a brief gaming update. Aaaaand...here we go. :)
"YOU play video games?! ...WOW!"
It's amusing, it really is. You may recall the article I wrote regarding video game stereotypes. In it, I explained that gamers need to do their part to erase the negative stigmas that haunt any and all adult gamers; if you don't fit the common gamer label, flaunt it. Don't be afraid to mention it. Well, just for kicks, I decided I'd test that theory tonight, and I have just returned from what turned out to be a mostly entertaining jaunt through the nightclub environment. Last weekend, a friend and I went out and we ended up entertaining a group of girls (don't ask how) for the evening, but I remember leaving and saying to myself, "hey, I never told any of those chicks what I do for a living." They knew I was a writer and that was enough - apparently - but I was never specific, and they quickly latched on to work I had done in the past, involving other forms of entertainment. That was fine, but I've never believed in administering advice if you're unable to take that advice yourself, so...things had to change a bit tonight.
The responses were all quite similar to what you see in that heading. For the record, and if we're keeping track for an unofficial survey, I spoke to 7 women, aged 21 - 26, in separate sets of 3, 2, and 2. I made a point of selecting girls that had likely never played a video game and have never dated anyone who did. As it turns out, I was correct in my assumptions; not a one really knew anything about games and all (except maybe one) were downright shocked that I not only played them, but worked with them, after a fashion. One girl, a particularly gorgeous (just...holy SH**!) bank teller, was convinced I was joking. Even when we were done talking, she still didn't want to believe me, but on the other hand, she admitted (smart girl) that it'd be silly of me to make it up. Seriously, why would I do such a thing?
But anyway, the bottom line is this: that little announcement about my job had no visible adverse affect on any of those 7 women. They did find it humorous and surprising at first, but it didn't appear to alter their perception of me in the slightest, one way or the other. Hence, I believe my point is proven: they might laugh at you, but it's not the kind of derogatory laugh that comes shortly before a retreat. It's the kind of funny, charming, touch-your-arm-while-I-laugh emotion that nobody is going to misconstrue as negative. Sooooo...damnit, don't be afraid to mention it! I swear, it won't have the effect you think it will. As for me...I will not be accepting any further questions concerning tonight's outcome. Come up with your own theories all you like, but I won't confirm or deny anything. In other words........"no comment." ;)
Personal gaming update
I've started Prince of Persia, which I immensely enjoy, but something has happened I should've been prepared for after reviewing it: I'm gonna want every last one of those Light Seeds. Yes, I'm well aware of the fact that I don't need them all, but it's the remnants of that ol' completionist mentality I had for all my PS1 RPGs. I still have it, to some extent, and it really, really, really irritates me when I can't nab all the Light Seeds in one particular area because I don't have all of Elika's powers just yet. And it annoys me even more when I have the power(s) I need but I can't find the last few Seeds. I just know I'm going to spend the majority of my time hunting those silly things down, but you have to understand...it's kinda what I do. That's fun for me. LOL
And after the amazing recognition the AIAS has given to LittleBigPlanet, I think I need that game. Platformers have never been my thing, but if they're good enough, I might love them. For instance, much to my surprise, Psychonauts was one of my favorite games of the last generation, so if LBP is really that good, then... Yeah, it just might have to happen.
1/24/2009 Ben Dutka