Thursday Thoughts: 17 November 2016

Wow – this month is just over halfway over, already! What with the recent election and doing my best to meet the daily word-count challenge of NaNoWriMo, I’ve been insanely busy – but it is enjoyable, believe it or not! I didn’t assume that the challenge would be easy…after all, if something is easy, then it can’t qualify as a challenge, now, can it? I will say that it is a worthy challenge, so I’ve been adjusting my writing schedule as needed, so as not to be overwhelmed or frustrated. One cannot force inspiration, and if I’m staring at a computer screen blankly, with nothing coming to mind, then trying to push myself isn’t going to work. Those are the times I unplug from the computer completely and do something else! My “unplugging” is why I’ve barely been able to keep up with even 1/10th of the blogs that I follow! Apologies to my friends and acquaintances for my absence…I at least try to “like” posts here and there, even if I can’t comment as much. The month will be over before I know it, though, and things can get back to some semblance or normalcy…whatever that is!

Speaking of gaming, there is a “free play” weekend promotion going on for the game that I’m hopelessly and shamelessly addicted to. It’s so free, you don’t even have to purchase The Elder Scrolls Online game. Simply click on this link for the details – if you have a Steam account, then you’re halfway there! I do notice though, that many gamers (including myself) definitely have a preference of the genres that we play. Me, I like the MUDs and RPGs, whether they’re MMOs or not. I also like the “collect & build” games, including StarCraft, Command & Conquer, and Total Annihilation. The only FPS-types that I liked were Half-Life and Half-Life 2…it doesn’t hurt that I’m actually in one of those games – at least I can admit my favouritisms and why, LOL

In honour of Skyrim’s newest version recently being released, and the free-play weekend going on, I figured that I’d add the links of my three favourite “Clueless Gamer” clips from Conan O’Brien’s site, They are some of the funniest things that I’ve ever seen, so why wait for Friday to watch them? Thursday has been called “Friday Eve” by myself and many others for a few years, so let’s get the weekend started early, and on a fun-filled note! I hope that you enjoyed the hidden links scattered about, and that the five songs at the end of the post get you dancing around. Later, gators!

Conan O’Brien: Clueless Gamer – “Skyrim” review

Conan O’Brien: Clueless Gamer Big Game Showdown – “Mortal Kombat X”

Conan O’Brien: Clueless Gamer – “Final Fantasy XV” review with Elijah Wood

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brian Lageose
    Nov 17, 2016 @ 23:51:01

    I’m not a big fan of the FPS genre, either, but I’ll put up with it as long as the “collect and build” element is pretty strong. If a game promises that I will have to find 5,000 hidden components in a huge sandbox environment, I am ALL over it, and I practically wet myself racing home to play it… 😉

    • sepultura13
      Nov 18, 2016 @ 23:03:19

      LOL – I guess I haven’t had the pleasure of finding an FPS that had a “collect & build” element that I was aware of! Most of the games in the FPS genre, from what I see, are limited to gamers with the mindset of “join this group and kill as many as possible” while bitching endlessly to everyone who will listen to you on TS, GameVox, Discord, etc.

      The pre-built, “cookie-cutter” avatars offered by those games also leave much to be desired, IMHO! I know that it’s shocking to many, but not every gamer wants to look like a steroid-addicted white dude or a surgery-addicted white chick…

      • Brian Lageose
        Nov 18, 2016 @ 23:34:05

        Agree completely. FPS games are rife with sexism, mindlessness and image-shaming. But every once in a while you get a decent one, like the Bioshock and Fallout series, to name a few. They actually offer flexibility, immersive environments, and branching story lines. They aren’t perfect (what game ever is, really?) but they try really hard, (the latest Fallout installment lets you hook up with a same-sex partner and nobody asks any questions) and that’s pretty fine by me… 😉

      • sepultura13
        Nov 24, 2016 @ 20:55:44

        LOL – the games that I play have always allowed same-sex partners (from the mid-90s on), so I’ve never seen that as an issue…then again, that isn’t why I play any game, nor is it a major factor for me. Just like being able to be a human with dark skin of either gender might not be a major factor for you when you play a game.

        I like games of any genre that allow me to resemble who I am IRL, which isn’t a white guy or an anorectic white chick with ginormous fake boobs – straight, gay, or bisexual. I know that it’s hard to believe, but some of us gamers don’t think that having an avatar white skin or big tits are the bee’s knees, the cat’s pajamas, or whatever else is analogous to so-called “perfection.”

        Sorry if I sound snarky, but being around extended family members recently, and having to bite my tongue until its bloody around them, doesn’t make me the best company or good for conversations!

  2. GP Cox
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 12:20:01

    I’ve read a few books by Neil Gaiman and have to admit he is a good competitor of S. King.

    • sepultura13
      Nov 24, 2016 @ 20:41:08

      Most of the authors I read are excellent competitors of Stephen King – Dan Simmons is one; Peter Straub, who co-authored two books with Stephen, is another…but there are many, living and deceased! David Gemmel and Octavia Butler come to mind, as well…they both died of cancer in the last decade.

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