I watched District 9 and Inglorious Basterds. They are the only new movies I’ve seen recently and arguably up there with the best movies of the year. However, this is a gaming community, and always has been for me, so I’m usually reluctant to post anything unrelated. Really, when I try to talk about movies, I find I can’t say anything more than “Awesome.” Or “Intense.” Still, thinking about this made me remember how a passionate moviegoer might think of gamers (Roger Ebert is the stereotype I’m going with here). Are gamer communities anything more than loners typing in their basement?
The easiest example of socializing in gaming is multiplayer. Frankly, if you’re not communicating in some way to the other players, you’re not reaping the full benefits of multiplayer. Unless you prefer playing against mindless drones like in single-player games. Of course, not all games have a multiplayer component, but generally in my experience, I still share my thoughts on these games more often than movies (but that’s a pretty grey area and I’ll disregard that). Then there is combining single and multiplayer – think Co-Op or Halo 3: ODST’s Firefight. Playing Firefight in fact (and Gears of War 2’s Horde mode), I realized most of my fun was pulling off successful teamwork and just laughing along with the funny things we see. So actually: movies are more solitary than multiplayer games. Regardless, going to the movies will always be the preferred venue when bored on a weekend.
I got sidetracked again didn’t I? Though, like I said, I do have other things on my mind. Most of the rest of my time is spent doing homework, listening to loads of new music, working (or my strange fascination with riding air-conditioned buses)... I had something to say here didn’t I? Finding a silver lining? Right, I better get on that.