A Very Worrying Gaming Observation

I love games. The electronic kind, mostly, although certain board and card games are hilarious to play (Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity anyone?). Any platform (although I’ve never had a PlayStation), most genres, any POV – you recommend a game to me and there is a 93% I’ll like it. Okay, maybe 86% chance. Either way, the odds are in your favour.

There is, however, one thing about games that concerns me. It took me a while to notice – say, fourteen years to be specific. I don’t know why it took me so long to realise this worrying fact considering it’s something I, and most creatures (I hope), do at least once every day. I don’t know if it’s just the games I play that exclude this rather important detail or most games. I would certainly love to find out but that would require money to purchase every game ever made, and well, I don’t have that.

You’re probably wondering what the hell it is I’m talking about? I could have explained the so far unnamed gaming issue at the very beginning to sate your curious minds but, I do love to build suspense.

So, are you ready to know what I’m talking about?

Really?

You sure?

This is pretty heavy stuff so if you’re not 100% sure you might want to stop reading because I don’t want to be responsible for anything going wrong.

 

 

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If you’re reading this then I’m assuming you’re prepared to learn this very worrying fact about games. Just a warning, you might want to hold on to something.

In all the games I have played there have been no, wait for it, bathrooms!

HOW CRAZY IS THAT?

Okay so I think maybe two games I’ve played have had bathrooms, but neither the player-characters nor non-player-characters ever use them. Whilst gaming is meant to be an enjoyable experience allowing for social interaction, escapism and many other wonderful things, having to answer nature’s call is a necessity and to deny our digital personas that right, well, it’s just wrong.

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Who stole 2014?

I’ve never been robbed before, at least not in the literal sense (I probably shouldn’t say that because with my luck it’ll happen), yet 2014 seems to have been taken from me right before my eyes. The calendar says it’s 2015, as does the computer, my phone, the news; as does everyone it seems. However, I don’t seem to recall 2014 feeling as long as 2013, and it most certainly didn’t feel as long as 2012. Alas, it must have been. I have to admit it, and if you’re not aware of this you might want to skip this sentence, but the cliché is true: as you get older time really does fly. I know that the saying usually goes “time flies when you’re having fun,” but this year wasn’t all fun yet it still seems to have flown away anyway.

So. A new year with new resolutions and new adventures and new things to procrastinate over… er, ignore that last point. I don’t know about any of you who have decided to read this post, but I for one am not the best at keeping new year resolutions… that is if I bother to make any. That being said I must admit that this year I have actually made some progress on a resolution. Sure that resolution was made three years ago but hey! I got there, right?

This blog. That is my resolution. To shower it with love and adoration, to give it the attention it truly deserves. If this blog were my child, then think of it as Harry Potter on his eleventh birthday when Hagrid comes barging in to whisk Harry away from his life under the stairs. Of course up until now that means I’ve been acting like Vernon, Petunia and Dudley Dursley all wrapped up in one being, but lets just skip right over that little fact. The point is that my blog has become my major goal.

Therefore, I will be making a list. On this list will be select topics that I will write about, and beside each topic will be a submission deadline (as a writer I must emphasise the dead in deadline otherwise nothing gets done on time). There will be the quintessential posts on games and gaming, books and reading, movies and viewing, music and listening, as well as other noteworthy subjects such as reorganising my bedroom because of that one time I got really, really bored, how many grapes I can fit in my mouth, and what is the worst itch that I’ve ever had yet been unable to scratch. Although these topics are highly important and I don’t want to diminish them in any way, I will also be talking about other issues I’m passionate about, such as Mental Health (as someone with anxiety & OCD), Disability (as the sister of a 21-year-old who has Cerebral Palsy) and even the apparently inflammatory ‘F’ word, feminism.

2014 may have escaped me, mostly because of university and its demands, but 2015 will not. Thus, I invite you to join me as I stumble my way through the new year in an attempt to look like a mature, organised adult who has her crap together. HA!

 

Tips on how to develop ideas

There are many things to be learnt in life, especially from the people you meet. When you’re a writer, talking about your concepts can often seem daunting though. You want to hold onto your ideas, protect them, nurture them in secret until they turn into fully fledged novels/novellas/short stories/poems that are ready to become bestsellers. However, it doesn’t usually work like that. I tried and it didn’t go so good.

Now, I’m not saying spill your creative beans to the world, but having a circle of people you trust and value the opinions of, every writer needs one. But it’s the getting one that’s hard. More often than not, we start with a family member, if you’re lucky. This can be a double-edged sword though. The type of feedback you get depends on how honest said family members are prepared to be. And how ready you are to hear said feedback.

So, how then, does a writer step out to gain new members for the circle? Well, I’m still in that process myself, but here are a few pointers. Find some like-minded people. Whether this means friends, joining a book/writers club, talking to a lecturer/tutor at university/college/school or even chatting to another blogger is a great way to meet other writers and readers (social media sites like Twitter obviously but even Pinterest are great networking tools). But don’t overlook people who aren’t writers or even big readers. Everyone, no matter their experience or interests, has a story, and as such has opinions. Take a step out, be bold, be daring and start discussing your ideas. You never know what gems you’ll stumble upon.

 

Philosophy, wait, how was the earth created?

I’ve learnt that I can only deal with philosophy up to a point. Sure it can be fun, questioning everything, but eventually, I want an answer. Now, I’m dealing with literary philosophy here, or specifically, literary theory. There are many, many different types of literary theory, and I am in no way a specialist. But so far in my studies, these theories share one thing in common, none of them are solid. There are gaps, holes, in their theories that other theories then like to poke fun at. No one can answer because, ultimately, everyone has different thoughts and opinions. I’m still learning about literary theories, but I have a funny feeling I’m going to end up with more questions than answers.