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(Rather Large) Quote of the Day: “Gamer Life” or “Why Gamers Rule”

October 4, 2012 4 comments

For all those that feel video games are a waste of time, that gamers are basement-dwelling shut-ins and losers who function socially, here is a scathingly appropriate response. My own coming soon.

I’ve been playing video games since I was five years old, starting with the Atari 2600. On the weekends, if I was lucky, my parents would rent a video game for me. I would always look through the art in the instruction booklets on the ride home, and it got me started with drawing.

In middle school and high school, I was in art classes. I was considered for several art programs throughout, and I graduated my senior year in an advanced placement course.

When I was in the fifth grade, I was pulled out of class to take a test. The proctor had a flip book of words and a stopwatch. She would turn the page, and I had to read the word aloud as quickly and as accurately as I could. The results of the test indicated that I was reading at the level of a high school junior, despite the fact that my parents always struggled to get me to read anything at all.

In my junior year, I tied for highest score in the school in our statewide writing examination.

I’ve had a tremendous imagination all my life. I can find stories, humor, and adventure in even the most mundane tasks. I’m rarely ever bored, and I find myself constantly dreaming up new worlds, characters and situations.

I have an insatiable hunger for learning. I often look into something that has piqued my interest and find myself in an entirely different subject hours later.

I’ve never been in a romantic relationship that didn’t last at least three years, and the friends I made during my formative years are still the very best I could ever ask for.

Now I’m an Intelligence Specialist in the United States Navy and working at the Pentagon.

You look at video games, and all you can see is noise and guns. What you don’t see is creative problem solving, critical thinking, moral choices, conflict resolution, relationship building, cause and effect, drama, comedy, tragedy, learning opportunities, fantastic stories, the rewards of overcoming adversity, attention to detail, music appreciation, understanding different perspectives, and more concepts and situations that run the gamut of all human experiences.

The fact that video games are played in front of a TV makes them no less impactful than literature, film, or any other medium.

Anything in excess is bad for you, and if you’re not putting these kinds of things into context for your children, then you are an example of bad parenting. That’s true of everything; not just video games.

If you don’t understand “so-called ‘gamers’” or video games in general, that’s fine. But passing judgement on the people who do is completely ignorant and unbecoming of someone looking to make a career of shaping young minds.

If I were in your shoes, I’d educate myself on video games to understand why they’re so appealing and how I could use them to relate to my students and enhance their learning.

But what do I know? I’m just a gamer.

An Answer to: “Videogames or Life?”, Please Enter Your Initials


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Quote of the Day: “Poetic Houghton” or “Unique as a Snowflake”

August 15, 2012 Leave a comment

“Trailer for new PS3-exclusive Rain is as unique, beautiful and sad as a clinically depressed snowflake.”

 – GamesRadar

Categories: Quote of the Day, Rain

Quote of the Day: “The Truth Hurts” or “Why Does Everything Take Longer?”

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Mr. Justin Olivetti had a gem of line in his latest post today:

I just kind of assumed the game would have them level up rapidly as with any other BioWare title, but I guess I should’ve realized that this is an MMO, and MMOs mean “Everything takes longer.”

Where’s the dialogue option for “Friend Zone”?, Biobreak

Quote of the Day: “A Positive Outlook on Firelands Nerf” or “The Rest of Us”

September 26, 2011 1 comment

As for the challenge, look if your guild was hardcore you probably finished Firelands early, you earned your stripes and can say I cleared it before the nerfs, even some of you on heroic mode.  Then there is the rest of us, we work, we go to school we have little time to dedicate to being as focused as the other hardcore players but still want to see the content completed.  That is what this nerf represents, a way for the rest of the community to see the content.

Why the Firelands nerfs aren’t that horrific, Variant Avatar

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Quote of the Day: “5-Mans, Redefined” or “A Summer Job Analogy”

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Are 5-mans legitimate content, somewhere players are supposed to be? Currently they are the equivalent of teenage summer jobs. Sure, go there for a little while, but only to save up for college or a car or because you parents won’t stop nagging you otherwise. If you’re not in high school, or at least college, if you are somehow a 40-year-old man with a family and you are still working at McDonalds or the local park district, something is wrong. That’s what 5-mans are currently. You are expected to do them, but also to be done with them and if you have to go back, it is not a nice feeling.

What would get me to resub to WoW: Part 2, Troll Racials are Overpowered

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Quote of the Day: “The Lack of an Entertaining MMO” or “Syncaine Hits the Spot”

August 23, 2011 4 comments

The lack of an entertaining MMO drives people to odd behavior.

– SynCaine, Commenting on Wilhelm’s post, The Sims social pegs my dating life

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“Trifecta of Tribulations” or “Healers Ain’t Gods”

January 13, 2011 5 comments

“I think the novelty has worn off, and I’ve started encountering the usual array of wankers, pillocks, idiots and dickbags.”

Tamarind summarizes Cataclysm pugs, that’s the spirit, Righteous Orbs

Sounds about right.

My first pug was all polite and “Hey did you try out this new thing in Cataclysm?! It’s awesome!” and “Don’t worry, everyone is new at this!”

The second pug, a mere week later, first blamed the healer (that’d be me); I got pissed and broke out Recount which resulted in the tank being exposed as an oblivious baboon; who then called out the lackluster DPS, and said if the healer was good enough, nothing else matters; and ragequit after the next wipe.

Why did I come back to this?

Categories: Bronte, Pugs, Quote of the Day

“Read My Mind” or “Gosh You’re Perceptive Anjin!”

December 14, 2010 2 comments

“If you are not a WoW player, the sudden flood of Cataclysm posts must be overwhelming. Many blogs that cover a wide range of topics are suddenly dominated by this one game. And if you don’t care about WoW, your interaction with the community will be dropping considerably.”

Anjin, Random Shots: You Are Not Required To Play WoW, Bullet Points

Quote of the Day: “Archeology = Awesome” or “Loving a Complete Waste of Time”

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment

“Archeology is a complete waste of time. I love it!”

Tobold, Archeology and other Cataclysm thoughts, Tobold’s MMORPG Blog

Quote of the Day: “Pete Smith Gets Molested” or “Horrendous Hand Holding”

November 30, 2010 4 comments

“So as I mentioned in my last post, I started a new character yesterday. He’s now level 15 or 16 and holy smokes, World of Warcraft is holding my hand to the point where I’m feeling molested.”

Pete, WoW is starting out ever easy, Dragonchasers

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Quote of the Day: “Rohan Likes Complicated Theorems” or “More Like Arrow’s Impossible-to-Understand Theorem”

November 21, 2010 2 comments

We all know Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem, so why try and make life more complicated?

Rohan, Outvoted, Blessing of Kings

Uh… I didn’t know what it is. I read it. I still don’t know what it is. Help?

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Quote of the Day: “Int > Str” or “Loltank”

November 13, 2010 Leave a comment

“What can I say about a tank who has more int than srt? He indeed needs that intellect.”

– Gevlon, Guild in the guild system, Greedy Goblin

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“Hardcore vs. Casual” or “Losing Ain’t Much Fun”

November 11, 2010 2 comments

Slightly out of context, but made me laugh out loud! Read the whole post, it’s a good take on what is Hardcore and what is Casual in Riv’s world.:

“I like to win. I don’t play Monopoly going, gee whiz I hope I lose, and just have fun!”

Chris Cavelle, Hardcore Mentality, with Casual Sensibility, A High Latency Life

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Quote of the Day: “Consequential PvP” or “The Sad Truth”

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

The sad truth is that when there are no consequences for bad behaviour, people often behave badly. There have been no consequences in PvP for a long while, and maybe it is time there should be.

Rohan, Leechers and Automatic Group CreationBlessings of Kings


Quote of the Day: “Sarcasm Masked” or “A Very ‘Clever’ Use of Quotations”

November 1, 2010 1 comment

The company making 500m in profit a year can’t figure out how to get a couple hundred people fighting in one area (it’s technically impossible, yo), while a ‘niche’ game just had a little issue with 3100 players in one area. Actually 3100 is just about the max concurrent users said 500m profit company can support on one server, across hundreds of instances and all that. That ‘niche’ game sets the record for total number of players on one server just about every month.

Only one is really ‘accessible’ though. Rainbows for that.

Syncaine, Technology from the future

Quote of the Day: “Griefed by NPCs” or “Dawntide is Srsbsns!”

June 28, 2010 2 comments

Martin Anward, CEO of developer Working as Intended was asked how harsh the death penalty was in Dawntide. He said you resurrect at a graveyard, but your items need to be recovered from your body. His response included a statement that made me pause, and I mean literally pause and re-read the sentence:

“Looting corpses depends entirely on the area of the game you’re in. Inside national territories, players cannot loot each others’ corpses, though there’s nothing preventing a monster from helping itself to some of your treasure after you die.”

Dawntide, my friends, is srsbsns!

Quote of the Day: “Something That Made Me Smile” or “Bronte, Douchebag”

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I ran a 5-man with a player on my server who was a little, uh, stubborn. So naturally I had to give me a piece of my mind. Then a guild mate of that guy, who just happened to be an old, old guildie of mine from the Cross of Vengeance days, got in touch with me. The following is what she had to say:

EDIT: here is the conversation:

Her: some guy got removed
Her: from raid cause he was a dick
Her: and some other guy was like “on a side note dont group with bronte he’s a d-bag”
Her: and i was like
Her: just cause you’re terrible and he tells you so
Her: doesnt make him a d-bag