Why I Play Video Games

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(Shoutout to Gerhard Jurgen for being my first patron! I know where you live.)

(Because we live in the same house.)

I have been doing some thinking recently about why I enjoy the things I enjoy, video games in particular. Unlike a lot of kids of my generation, I didn’t really grow up with them; I didn’t own a video game console until I was 18 (it was a PlayStation 2, which I purchased with my financial aid leftovers). We did have some games growing up, but they were mostly educational like The Oregon Trail (which was still pretty awesome) as well as floppy disk games from the local dollar store.

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A Bit of Administration

Hello, all!

I just wanted to announce that I have started a Patreon for this blog. You can click on that nice shiny link above to kick a few dollars my way, if you are so inclined. I am hoping that it would be a way to make some improvements to the blog, like getting my own domain name and to remove ads. I am also eventually hoping to start a YouTube channel for things like gameplay videos and vlogs.

Thanks for the support! I have an actual post about video games that I’m currently working on and will either be posting later this evening or earlier tomorrow.

Idris Elba May Be Playing Lead in Dark Tower Movie

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Apparently British actor Idris Elba is the frontrunner to play Roland Deschain, the lead character from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower novels, in the upcoming film adaptation.

First off, I had actually completely forgotten that there was an adaptation of the books coming, which, shame on me as they are some of my favorite novels in existence. Second, I think Idris Elba is a fine choice. He is a very good actor, and about the only reason the incessant Rainbow SIx: Seige ads on YouTube have yet to break my will. Seriously, the man could read from a phone book and I wouldn’t get bored.

OF course, nothing is set in stone at this point, and it could very well not happen. Either way, though, I will still be looking forward to the movie and am excited to see what they do with it.

Katie Reads Stuff: Welcome To Night Vale (Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor)

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I should probably mention that I am a huge fan of  Welcome To Night Vale. The bi-monthly podcast written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor has a wonderful blend of humor, horror, and just plain weird shit that appeals, not just to me, but to thousands of other people as well. So, of course, when they released a novel based on the podcast, I immediately went to the Kindle store and downloaded myself a copy.

So, does the book live up to the podcast? The short answer is, yes. Yes it does. For the long answer, please read the below.

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MST3K May Be Coming Back

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Holy crap! First Star Trek is returning to TV, and now they’re planning to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000? Do you have any idea of how happy this makes me?

Mystery Science Theater 3000, for those who are unaware, was a low-budget series created by comedian Joel Hodgson in 1988. It started on a local Minneapolis station until it was eventually picked up by the Comedy Channel (which would later become Comedy Central), then moved to the SciFi Channel, before it was cancelled in 1997. It followed mild-mannered janitor Joel Robinson (Hodgson), and later Mike Nelson, who was shot up into space by his mad scientist employers as part of an experiment: he was forced to watch the worst movies ever made to see how long it would take to drive him crazy. He and his robot friends Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo would make hilarious comments throughout the movies to try and keep their sanity.

Of course, to bring the series back, they do require funding. To that end, Joel Hodgson has started a Kickstarter page. The goal is $2 million by December 12th, and as of this writing, it is currently at $968,805. Click the link above if you’d like to pitch in. I know I’m definitely going to as soon as I get my next paycheck. 

People Are Losing Their Shit Over Starbucks Cups, And It’s Fucking Hilarious

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Starbucks recently unveiled their holiday cups for this year. The design is quite simple; it’s basically just a plain red cup, as you can see in the picture above (the cup contained a salted caramel mocha, by the way, and it was delicious). This post isn’t really about the cup, however. It’s about a certain segment of the population’s reaction to the cup.

You see, apparently a plain red cup is a symptom of the “War on Christmas” that a certain subset of Christians likes to complain about. I find this to be pretty god damn funny, because (a) the war on Christmas isn’t, you know, real, and (b) because it’s a red disposal cup, and really not worth the amount of hatred people are putting into this. It’s not like Starbucks decided to make a red cup with no other decorations FOR THE GLORY OF SATAN.

What makes it even better is that people apparently aren’t even boycotting this, which is a rational response when a company does something you don’t like. Nope, a bunch of people have actually stated that they’re going to Starbucks MORE now, and giving their names as “Merry Christmas” to the baristas. You know, to trick the liberal heathens into wishing them a merry Christmas.

Now, for all of you whose knee-jerk reaction to this is to say “not all Christians!”, please know that I am fully aware of that fact. I know plenty of Christians who are wonderful (and most of all not ridiculous) people. I’m only mocking the ones who are complaining over the existence of this cup.

Of course, Poe’s Law is certainly a thing, so it’s entirely possible that the person who started this whole thing is trolling us all. Then again, people this ludicrous do actually exist, so it could still be true.

Still, thank you Internet, for giving me a good chuckle.