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March 28, 2005


Zack Hiwiller

What is this Zoetrope you speak of? And how could one find it?

Obi Busta Nobi

God of War... mmm good. :o)



Zack Hiwiller

Ah, for some reason I figured it was something more than just a literary magazine. I guess I was looking for something like critters.org.

Thanks. :-)

Jamie Fristrom

But it is more than a literary magazine...and it's just like critters.org, except more slanted towards contemporary lit. They also have a literary magazine, which they use the site to promote, but it's a full-on community of critique.


Interesting post . . . both this one and the editthispage one.

This is something The Husband and I deal with constantly, because we have the geekiest six-year-old on the planet (six days through Halo 2, and that with going to bed early on school nights).

The Boy is terrifyingly smart -- and a gamer to the core. He wants to drop out of school to go work for Bungie, because he is concerned they are going to mess up his vision for Halo 3. And he has a basic design document.

Reality vs. simulation? Simulation, of course. We know a game is good when he plays it in "real life." I got to be Cortana for an entire month, once. The Husband had to be Capt. Keyes -- guess who got to be Master Chief?

Interestingly, he does not exhibit aggression, even following extended gaming sessions. His "real life" variations lean toward rehabilitating the bad guys, and making friends with the opposing side (in Halo 3, he wants Master Chief to lead a revolution for the good aliens against the Prophets).

This may be caused by the fact that we stay very aware of what he is playing -- there must be clear deliniation between the "good" guys and "bad" guys, and no "grey" areas (sorry, Boy -- nothing from Rockstar at all).

He does have socialization issues, but they could just as easily be attributed to his intelligence (actual quote from parent-teacher conference concerning his refusal to color: "I know you need a break sometimes, and I would be happy to teach the class for you. Q needs help with this, H needs help with that, etc., etc. Just don't make me color -- it's stupid and pointless.") and lack of interest in "normal" games (why play tag when you can play Mech Depot?).

Addiction? Well, yeah.

But at least our brains are engaged. And that's more than you can say for most of the population.


My online grumble with Steam is that I'd rather it simply validated on installation, instead of every time you fire up the game. CD-based games don't make you type in the CD-key every time you run them, do they?

Zack Hiwiller

Ah ha! I see. They don't make it very clear until you have actually registered. Many thanks.

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