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The Treatise of 'Gamer'
Today, I was talking to someone at college about the new Nintendo system, the Nintendo Switch. In talking to them, they said something that made me think.
"That looks really cool, but I'm not a gamer."
This got me thinking. What is a 'gamer'? Why do we use that label, and what does it mean?
I think the label of 'gamer' is one of the great misconceptions, or even one of the great lies, of the late twentieth and now the twenty-first century.
Gaming is too varied for all people who play games to be put under a single label. There are sports games, action-adventure games, role-playing games, shooters both story-based and competitive, puzzle games... No one 'gamer' has the same exact taste as another, so a label seems a bit of a broad stroke.
Also, one needs not be a 'gamer' to enjoy games. Video games, at their core, combine two very human pasttimes: storytelling, something that has been part of the human condition since before recorded history, and play, something that has been part of li
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Literature
Blood and Water
People say blood is thicker than water.
People say that you can't choose your family.
People say that these people are the only ones
The only ones who will ever care about you, unconditionally
People say a lot of things.
But I've never found that to be true.
You make your own family.
And even your inborn family can betray you.
With a psychotic for a mother,
And a bitter, broken father,
I never had much of a family.
Maybe my dad's family... But I barely know them.
And so I've made my own family.
My dad claims they can't ever care for me like he does.
But with the same lips he calls me delusional.
He refuses to accept me for who I am and what I've been through.
And so I've chosen something different.
I've chosen a family that I've built up over years.
A family that cares about me, and has people in it willing to fight for me.
A family that does what family is supposed to.
In the end, blood is no thicker than water.
Indeed, blood is as thin as the air.
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Literature
Curtain Call
Four children
Caught in a crossfire.
Four worlds
Caught in the crosshairs.
The war is done,
But the world is stained.
The war is done,
But a mess still remains.
And so it's time,
Time for my curtain call.
Time for me to go fix
The broken machinery backstage.
Now I take my bow
From this bleeding, dying ship.
They say a good captain goes down with the ship,
But I still have responsibilities.
It's a long game I play,
and my hopes are years away.
But I have responsibilities elsewhere.
Trump can have his toys, I won't play this game anymore.
Four children
Separated.
Four worlds
Abandoned.
Four years
Only four more years.
Until my curtain call.
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Literature
Sabot
Will I succeed? Will I break free?
Am I doomed to live just as me?
Will my designs ever truly bear fruit?
Or am I stuck in this world made of soot?
Pain, war, and death, I could stop it all.
But only if I can stop my freefall.
I must stand up and walk, I must get up and run.
I must find soon my day in the sun.
Or the world moves without me, stumbling blind.
and falls through a machine that is meant to grind.
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Literature
Waking World, Dreaming Dead
Sometimes I think, sometimes I wonder,
whatever happened to those he put under?
Are they still broken, are they still sold,
or have they broke free and thusly grown bold?
Are they alive? Or are they dead?
Can they still function with nout in their head?
Are they then suffering? Or are they free?
Is there a way for us to truly see?
And then who's more favored? The dead or the free?
As our world crumbles, turning to debris?
As time marches so, the world turning on,
I wonder, am I lucky, to not also be gone?
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Literature
Scarves
Dear friend,
From when we met, turbulent as our meeting was, we had something special.
We were fast friends, knowing each other's minds and hearts like they were our own.
We had our laughter, we had our tears. We had our passionate discussions, our embittered quarrels.
But in the end, we were always who we were, friends, we thought, to the end.
Sadly, that end came too quickly, and the last time I got to see you...
I never got to say goodbye, because we thought we would meet again.
It has been years now. I wonder how you are, how you've been.
Have you found love since she broke our hearts?
Have you found peace since he ravaged our lives?
Have you found a family since ours was broken up, your father passing and me being forced out?
I wonder.
I am a different man than I was two years ago.
I am on a path away from war, away from suffering, towards a new life.
Pursuing higher education, with dreams and aspirations.
And yet.
It all feels hollow without you there to share it with.
My friend,
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Literature
Love
What is love?
Is it lust? Is it passion?
Is it admiration? Is it understanding?
Is it an amalgam? Or is it pure?
Is it something simple, or is it something more?
I have felt the passion of a deep, burning love, quick to flare and yet quick to burn out.
I have felt the creeping burn of a love built up over years, slow to start and with a slow, painful death.
I have had my love embraced, I have had it spurned.
I have hidden it away, and I have worn it on my sleeve.
In the end, I do not know what love is.
Whenever I think I do, it changes; it is a fickle, tricksy thing.
The only thing you can truly, ever say you know about love is...
Do you?
For, despite it being an ephemeral thing, something no man can comprehend...
We know it immediately when it touches our soul.
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Literature
Emergent Sea
"To defeat him, you will have to take a trip to the Emergent Sea. But remember... There are no emergency exits!"
That's what I thought he said.
But the longer I'm here, the more I ask people how to leave...
The more worried I get.
Everyone is just giving me these weird looks, asking 'why would I want to leave', or 'what's an exit', or things like that.
And I think I'm trapped.
Because I'm starting to realize, I don't think that was really what he said.
He didn't say there were no emergency exits.
He said there were no Emergent Sea exits.
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Literature
Cut off
Why must it be that the most extreme choice is the right one?
Why do we need to cut her off to save her life?
She thinks us murderers, of mind and body.
She asked if this would kill.
In the end, it is best for her.
But when, is the cut-off cutoff?
When the time is right.
May the time be right soon, so she can spread her wings once more.
Finis.
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Literature
Death of the Author
My life is an abyss. A chasm of mystery and perturbation.
A mire of danger and unknwoing knowledge.
If I am to die to this great abyss, I will take its secrets to my grave.
But if I am to live, then, shall they still remain secrets?
Who should I tell? What should I tell?
And why?
History deserves to be preserved, for the benefit of mankind.
But some history is best left dead.
Events should be recorded.
But what if these events defy explanation, or are by their very nature dangerous?
I do not know.
I've said I intend to write of these events, to preserve them for my children and my children's children.
But who would think I anything more than a madman, truly?
And even if I am believed...
Why would I desire to preserve madness?
Why would I strive to prevent the death of something that should already be dead?
An eternal conundrum.
The enigma that is the Puzzle.
The mystery that is the Clue.
The lifeblood of my suffering.
The progenitor of my psychosis.
The creator of things that should no
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Literature
Jackal: A Prelude
Joe was tired.
Not physically tired, no. He was tired of this city, of the crumbling world around him.
/Can you hear me.../
He had been planning this for months. His escape. He would see if there was anything left beyond these city walls.
But yet... He was afraid.
/Can you hear me running.../
Afraid of the stories... Of Light's Monster... That soulless, solitary, pulsating red eye.
But even death would be better than the life this city is accustomed to. Better than living under the screens... Than living under fear.
And so, he decided.
"Tonight, I will ride."
/Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you.../
He entered a nearby bar. And the rest... is history.
/The city doesn't know what's coming; she doesn't feel the heat.../
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Today, I was talking to someone at college about the new Nintendo system, the Nintendo Switch. In talking to them, they said something that made me think.

"That looks really cool, but I'm not a gamer."

This got me thinking. What is a 'gamer'? Why do we use that label, and what does it mean?

I think the label of 'gamer' is one of the great misconceptions, or even one of the great lies, of the late twentieth and now the twenty-first century.

Gaming is too varied for all people who play games to be put under a single label. There are sports games, action-adventure games, role-playing games, shooters both story-based and competitive, puzzle games... No one 'gamer' has the same exact taste as another, so a label seems a bit of a broad stroke.

Also, one needs not be a 'gamer' to enjoy games. Video games, at their core, combine two very human pasttimes: storytelling, something that has been part of the human condition since before recorded history, and play, something that has been part of life since before even humans.

To say that one must be a 'gamer' to enjoy this combination of story and play, plants a seed in one's mind that gaming is restricted to a certain class of people, or that a story in a game is somehow 'different' from a story in a book. Older people see it as a young person's activity and miss out on stories that, in some although not all cases, are the Ulysses of our time. People who aren't too 'technical' assume that to play games, you need some expert computer knowledge, not realizing that play is universal as long as you are willing to learn the rules.

The label of 'gamer' serves to deceive those unfamiliar with games, short-change the value of the games themselves, and artificially constrict the mass appeal of gaming.

In the end, video games are meant to be one thing. In the words of the late, great Satoru Iwata, they are meant to be fun. Fun for everyone.

But for that to be truly realized, we need to learn to be, I suppose, a 'post-gamer society'. A society where an interest as broad as 'storytelling and play' isn't painted with a single, broad, detrimental stroke.

Getting to that point, one supposes, is the ultimate game.
The Treatise of 'Gamer'
Just some reflection on a topic that struck me today.
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Oh how I dread,
My yellow hands stained red.

Oh how I dread,
My legacy of so many dead.

I was the first,
though not of my decision.

I can never change my past,
no matter my volition.

I will forever bear this sin,
until the moment I finally die.

I will forever bear this pain,
As I sit and think, I plead and cry.

For I am the first.
I am the progenitor.

I am SHDH-000.

An eternal black mark on my undying soul.
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If you know, you know. If you don't, don't ask. My sins are my own.
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It came suddenly. Unexpectedly. A murder. But not simply any murder, not the murder of just any man.

The king was dead. Slain in cold blood.

The culprit, an anarchist. A member of an underground faction of people against the current, or in some cases all, government. A man with a short, concise battle cry, laid forth upon staining of his blade.

“Regis Mortem.”

‘The king’s death.’

An era ended, and two men were struck down. One by the blade, one by the arrow. As the anarchist lay dying next to his enemy, he uttered a single, simple phrase.

“Alla fin del gioco tanto va nel sacco il re quanto la pedina, my friend. After the game, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.”

“I...am not your friend.”

Both their last words on this earth.

It is a shame that, despite having paid in two human lives, the world will receive nothing in this transaction.

A new king is brought forth.

More anarchists will fill the killer’s place.

Nothing changes, for better or worse.

All is status quo.
Regis Mortem
A thing I wrote five years ago for a creative writing class. Found it going through old documents.
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People say blood is thicker than water.
People say that you can't choose your family.
People say that these people are the only ones
The only ones who will ever care about you, unconditionally

People say a lot of things.
But I've never found that to be true.
You make your own family.
And even your inborn family can betray you.

With a psychotic for a mother,
And a bitter, broken father,
I never had much of a family.
Maybe my dad's family... But I barely know them.

And so I've made my own family.
My dad claims they can't ever care for me like he does.
But with the same lips he calls me delusional.
He refuses to accept me for who I am and what I've been through.

And so I've chosen something different.
I've chosen a family that I've built up over years.
A family that cares about me, and has people in it willing to fight for me.
A family that does what family is supposed to.

In the end, blood is no thicker than water.
Indeed, blood is as thin as the air.
Four children
Caught in a crossfire.
Four worlds
Caught in the crosshairs.

The war is done,
But the world is stained.

The war is done,
But a mess still remains.

And so it's time,
Time for my curtain call.
Time for me to go fix
The broken machinery backstage.

Now I take my bow
From this bleeding, dying ship.

They say a good captain goes down with the ship,
But I still have responsibilities.

It's a long game I play,
and my hopes are years away.
But I have responsibilities elsewhere.
Trump can have his toys, I won't play this game anymore.

Four children
Separated.
Four worlds
Abandoned.
Four years
Only four more years.

Until my curtain call.
Curtain Call
Home...someday.
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Mathieu M.
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Current Residence: Behind you.
Favourite genre of music: I dunno, whatever sounds good. I like a lot of music.
Favourite style of art: Anything that catches my eye; style is individual to the artist.
Operating System: Windows 10
MP3 player of choice: I own a CD player...
Favorite Quote: "If you're not somewhat political or observant, I'm not sure you're an artist. I'm not actually sure what you're doing." - Neill Blomkamp
Interests
Onwards and upwards. All leaving that post up serves to do is to drag shit up that doesn't need to be.
  • Listening to: The fans in my computer, and an air filter.
  • Reading: My email.
  • Watching: Marvel\'s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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