April 08, 2005

What has happened to our happy blogland?

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Alas it seems the community spirit of the early blog days lies in tatters. The pressure of exam frustration is boiling over into the virtual realm and the inevitable confusions of internet communication are causing simple banter to spill over into bloodshed.

It seems like I've seen this all too many times, pretty soon someone is going to call someone else a facist or a Nazi and all hell breaks loose. I have my thoughts and opinions but they shouldn't be conflated with those of others, for they are my own. I want people to have more confidence to be themselves, yes, as this stems from my own personal experience of being very unconfident for years and years, just letting things pass me by. I don't, however, want to legislate your taste.

My own personal passion is for making computer games, something for which I've faced a lot of derision and dismissal in the past. For a long time they had me convinced that I was probably just wasting my time and that making games wasn't something that serious, cool people did.

Well it is.

The only people I have anything against are people who try to dismiss and de-legitimize my means of expression, people who don't respect it, these people I don't like.

And yet I can also laugh along with it all, I know people will say I'm a geek and a nerd. Catch me in the wrong mood and I may just hit you with an essay on why games are a multi-million pound industry still in its infancy and yet on the verge of launching a cultural revolution. Mostly I'll just agree and laugh at myself along with you.

It may be war, but I come in peace with a cheeky grin.

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  1. I love you, in some ways for the 'nerdiness', mostly for the sum of who you are. even the things about you that really piss me off, i love you for them as well

    08 Apr 2005, 12:37

  2. I just wanna second what Dan said, I completely agree. It's often the little things that get me through my days on campus, a particular favourite being over–hearing some Indian–looking girl saying in a raised voice and very broad accent to someone who I presumed to be her boyfriend "What is bum chums?" and her boyfrind looking quite embarassed and replying in a hushed voice, to which she replied in just as raised voice as before "What? A man and a man?" or something similar.

    Maybe you had to be there? I don't know. Maybe little things please little minds, but it certainly put me in a good mood for the rest of the day. In fact, I just remembered another. I was walking from DCS once when it was snowing, and I over heard a girl saying "Wow, this is like the snow level in Jak and Daxter, but without the monsters." That made a very very shit day into a good day.

    08 Apr 2005, 12:56

  3. Yeh! If one must flame, don't be unnecessarily mean – do it to be funny.

    Where's the hate in "your mum" jokes? Exactly; it's all maternal lovin', my blogging babies.

    08 Apr 2005, 14:32

  4. Mathew Mannion


    08 Apr 2005, 16:57

  5. You Nazi fascists… ;)

    08 Apr 2005, 19:00

  6. Mmmm lovin' from Adrienne. James will be jealous

    08 Apr 2005, 19:08

  7. Paul: what are you chattin', boiii?

    08 Apr 2005, 20:00

  8. "08 April 2005, 12:56
    Adrienne Cooper

    Where's the hate in "your mum" jokes? Exactly; it's all maternal lovin', my blogging babies."

    you offered us maternal lovin', or Mat likes to think you did ;)

    10 Apr 2005, 01:58

  9. it seems we are offered either bloodshed or the blog wasteland that is enternal loops of the same 'what kind of book are you?' – 'what kind of chair are you?' – 'what flaming buffy character is your hamster?' quizzes. when inspiration is dead, then come insults and quizzes. lawks.

    10 Apr 2005, 14:13

  10. Cor blimey.

    10 Apr 2005, 15:44

  11. Not true Hannah, you also get murder mysteries

    10 Apr 2005, 23:52

  12. And Onken.

    11 Apr 2005, 13:51

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