Two things:

1. I just discovered a stash of full-length songs in my TF2 sounds/misc folder. I assume I've procured them from random servers for game lead-in purposes. I understand uploading small snippets onto a client PC, but entire songs? No wonder it takes so damn long to get on a server sometimes. On the other hand, you gotta admit, finding out you suddenly have a full Static-X song without your prior knowledge is like some glorious Christmas. "YMCA," not so much.

2. Kotaku put up a feature post about gaming in theater. In a word? No. No, no, no, no, no.

Let me be fair: I am an uncultured wretch. I don't remember the last time I went to the theater and being hauled to a musical qualifies for me as the seventh circle of hell. But come on. Do games have to be everywhere, especially when still so few people really enjoy them? I'm not talking about the "casual" statistics, I'm talking about people with a width breadth and appreciation for gaming.

Take the "Ace Attorney" musical mania that's going on in Japan. Granted, it's Japan (and female-only, which fascinates me to no end). But imagine if there was an opera made out of Metal Gear Solid or Final Fantasy. Or a musical based on TF2 or Pac-Man. I don't know, it seems like a silly way to cash in on a niche market. I seriously doubt they'd make a profit when it's all said and done. Beyond that, when it comes to games, I like being a minority. It makes connecting with other gamers that much better. Dragging our milieu into the performing arts just makes me want to gnash my teeth and claw at my breast.


  1. I'd like to explore the idea of liking "gamer as minority". I was in a Game Stop and found myself shaking my head at the Guitar Hero guitars that were branded with some pre-teen pop music stars I had never heard of, but then I realized that this is what happens as more people get into gaming.

    Also, a Pac-man musical sounds horrifically awesome to me. An official one? Meh. An amateur one? I might even want to participate in it.

  2. I don't know whether I should call my therapist or get you one.

    As for gamer as minority, I believe it comes out of me being a snob. I'm an elitist from way back, ever since I fell in with the smart kids in 5th grade. Me not wanting to share beloved experiences with people who don't "get it" is tied into that very closely.


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