I sort my m&ms.
My mom tells me that I sorted them as a little kid, so I guess I always have. The chocolate in m&ms isn’t particularly good if you ask me (there are a dozen candies I’d prefer before getting a bag of m&ms out of the vending machine) but, hey, if I happen to find myself with a bag or three from a co-worker’s halloween bowl, I’ll open them and get to sorting and probably enjoy that more than the taste of the candy.
Which brings me to video games. For the most part, video games press the same dopamine production buttons as sorting m&ms does for me. As such, I’m a big fan. Now, the downside of this is that I tend to react to video games much differently than television or movies. If I watch a television show, I can tell you what works, what doesn’t, who is a good actor, who is a bad one, who is right for the part, who is wrong for the part, and, mostly, why it’s crap. Movies are even worse (going on a movie/dinner date with Maribou usually has her talking for 15 minutes about what she liked and me talking for 30 minutes about what I hated). When it comes to games, though, I can sit down with even a mediocre video game and laugh, cry, shout, gasp, and sigh with pleasure as the closing credits roll (well, not cry).
Which brings me to this blog. It’s mostly going to be about sorting m&ms. Sometimes about video games, sometimes about video game genres, sometimes about video game theory. Other times, it’ll be about comic books, or pro wrestling, or movies, or tabletop games, or paperback books involving magic on some level, or box sets of television shows… it’s a blog about goofing off. Recreation. Things to do instead of real things. Dopamine.
(Full disclosure: We might eventually be an Amazon affiliate. If I’m going to talk about Dead Space 2, or Chuck Season One, or Surrogates, we might have a link to them. That means that if you buy the product in question (or any product, really, after clicking that link), we’ll get a tiny, tiny piece of that transaction at no cost to you! Now, I do not think that that knowledge will color any review of any product I provide… indeed, the dopamine production from my particular tastes are far more likely for me to say that The Force Unleashed was pretty awesome than my hopes that you’ll buy a copy used and the League Maintenance Fund get 12 cents from that. But full disclosure is full disclosure is full disclosure.)
In any case, I’ll be talking about some serious slackin’ in the days and weeks to come. I hope to write a couple of bigger essays a week with a sprinkling of little posts between. It is my intention that every discussion be a discussion about matters of taste rather than matters of morality. So if I happen to say that something isn’t good that you happen to like or if I happen to say that something is good that you happen to dislike, please don’t take it *TOO* personally. Or, hell, explain to me that I’m wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. It’s not like I can tell you that you need a better hobby.
Come on in. Grab a bean bag and a controller. Make yourself comfortable.
I’m Jaybird, by the way.