It's time for another edition of Gaming in the Real World. This is where we ask developers, web writers and regular gamers to talk about their experiences talking to people about what they do for a living or gaming in general. Today Gone Gold's Bill Harris chimes in with his experiences and our own Fangblackbone offers his own story. Here's the question, you can read on for the answers!
In certain social circumstances do you find it hard to admit you write about/develop and play video games as a hobby? What are some of the most notable reactions you've gotten? A specific story wouldn't hurt if you had one.
If the person IÃ‚'m speaking to is under twenty-five, IÃ‚'ll talk about games and weÃ‚'ll have a terrific conversation. If theyÃ‚'re over twenty-five, I donÃ‚'t bother. I donÃ‚'t want to spend an hour talking about Solitaire and Minesweeper. Even worse, games arenÃ‚'t just my hobby. I write about them and theyÃ‚'re a major part of my life. IÃ‚'m better off telling older people that I do something theyÃ‚'d find less strange, like dealing drugs or robbing banks.
Of course, I hate Ã‚"˜social circumstances,Ã‚' so I avoid them whenever possible. I consider a party to be four people or less. Anything more is a mob.
- Bill Harris
You can read more of Bill's stuff on Gonegold.com's "Night Call" column three times a week!
I went back east to Wesport Massachussets for a friends wedding. The wife's cousin was a big fan of Sarge's Heroes and I was a designer on the game. He was so awestruck when I said hi to him. How embarrassing is this? He asked me to sign his cartridge! Of course I obliged but it felt really awkward. Also, one other thing to mention is that there is no feeling like walking through a game store and seeing kids pick up your game and feverishly look at the screenshots and read the back cover. The kicker is when they say something like, "Oh man! I didnt know this was out yet!" or "Rad! I gotta get my mom to get this for my birthday!"
Kids still say "rad"? Thanks Fang!