Monday, 14 September 2015

Adults play video games. Deal with it.

Some peeps dare suggest it's a bad thing or at least an activity that is unbecoming of someone in said maturity to play video games.

Yes, there is quiet mocking, perhaps gentle laughter...certainly behind the door snickering; kids play games after all - not us busy, mature, and sensible adults.

Piffle I retort!

Why wouldn't one indulge in a realm where one can fly as a dragon, battle a legion of the undead, rescue a town from an invading army, complete missions for a royal family and even levitate objects around oneself with arcane magic.

Or perhaps to spend some time to adventure into the endless expanse of space where one can mine, refine and assemble a variety of raw materials to creatively construct one's very own space ship.

To then, given the time, enter a virtual place where one can jump in the some of the world's most expensive vehicles and race around open roads with others or perhaps adorn my military boots and fight endless rounds of warfare in tanks, helicopters, planes and on the ground amidst the explosions.

And yes, one might even budget an hour over the weekend to head off to an island where there dinosaurs roam and play.

I mean why suffer the banality of bars, pubs and nightclubs having to endure marching through the traffic of people and their polluting automobiles in the city? Why travel to pay the inflated costs at restaurants when that microwave over there can provide all the low cost meals I can devour, including popcorn...oh my goodness, the popcorn!

And why oh why, during my precious weekend would I want to spend time pandering to the competitive world of "crap, I just broke my ankle" sports...

No sir! Give me my mouse and keyboard worlds any day. In particular, this Friday.

Warmest wishes,
David "Gaming Nerd" Innes
From the foothills in Perth

Saturday, 12 September 2015

To Punctuate or not...

This new generation seems to have developed an allergic reaction to the grand language to which we all take for granted.

From participation in chat rooms, bombardment of the twitter-sphere, and the casual preoccupation with SMSing; I have taken note the complete disrespect towards the use of punctuation, grammar, spelling and the use of capitals.

Now, sure – I’ve probably made mistakes in my previous posts and indeed fallen prey to err in this rant, however I can claim to at least make the effort.

No doubt I’ve forgotten some of the principles to the elegant use of the English language, but not to the point that my next sentence would look this…

wen i want 2 say sumthin i just 4get da need ta use any off it word 2 ya mumma

Sure we could argue it’s still legible to understand but would it have been all that hard to press the SHIFT key a couple of times, use a comma, click on available spellchecker or for the love of all things beautiful, re-read it before one pressed SENT.

Apparently not.

I too understand the need to reduce the amount of text you wish to send due to the limitations of certain mediums…such as the maximum of 140 characters per tweet.

But does “Hey, check out this picture of a Koala hugging a tree last Tuesday when I went to Caversham Wildlife Park in Perth” have to end up looking like:

check out da pic of me huggin a koala lol in da park ftw!!!!!!

David Innes
Perth, Western Australia