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11:42 PM on 06.26.2010

The Great Escape: After School Non-sense

Childhood Foolings
Who didn't love to play video games as a kid? I almost feel as though there is really no point in me writing this part out, but alas I must. It is part of the tale of what video games meant to me. My parents bought me my first video game when I was about 5 or 6. It was an original Gameboy, you know, the kind that were large, red, and took four AAs to power along with a combination defender/ joust game, which I had absolutely no idea how to play. This being my most prized posession, I spent as much time as humanly possible trying to figure out how to play it, and I did. But it got boring, and I felt as though I had no one to share this adventure with. Then I found someone....

By this time my brother, who is about 3 years younger than me was finally of gamer age, the age when he oooooooooohed and aaaaaaaaaaaahed over video games, and began to play them. One Christmas our aunt bought us our first console. An N64. And we played it alot. It was a way for us to connect, for us to bond........for us to James Bond. (How awesome am I?) When we got home from school it was a way for us to escape and be something amazing for an afternoon. To be a hero, to fight bad guys, or just beat people up in general. No matter how crappy our day was, we could come home to two controllers and an adventure waiting to be played.

But the fun's not over yet......
Even today I feel as though it's what keeps us together as brothers, we don't really talk much. He's in high school and I'm in university. We rarely see each other. Nevertheless when a new game comes out that we both really want to play, we slap that sucker in, turn on coop, and nothing can stop us. It's just like it used to be, I've got my trusty sidekick by my side, and there's no game we cant handle.   read

8:55 PM on 02.11.2010

My Expertise: Rockband

In the beginning....
I would like to think of myself as a musically inclined sort of guy. My parents forced me to take on an activity when I was younger, and after realizing that well, I just wasn't built for sports, I turned to music. I picked up the Piano (not literally) quite easily, and not to brag, but I was better than most of the other 7 year olds at the music lessons. I continued to practice like a good little boy, and when I started grade 10 I learned to play the guitar. Ive been doing that for about 4 years and playing music is relaxing to me, which leads me to do it more than simply to be better than others.

Wemenz...the final frontier
As we all know, since I know how to play an instrument, I am automatically a ladies man due to the fact that any douche bag that can pick up a instrument and play "Wonderwall" is automatically hailed by the womenz gender because he is a lover not a fighter.

Oh, so you can play Devil Went Down to Georgia right?
You know the stereotype that if you play a musical instrument very well, then you MUST be a master at Rockband. I would like to clarify that this is not always true. Just because you have a well founded knowledge in musical theory and ability to play the sweetest sounding chords and the most beautiful guitar licks does not make it necessary to be able to play Through the Fire and Flames on Expert. The ability does not transfer over. So next time you're harassing your buddy because he can play the electric guitar but not the Xbox 360 guitar, why don't you go ahead and pick up a real one and try it out. I don't want to say that having a background in music doesn't help you at all with Rockband, because well it obviously does (i.e. timing, and rhythm). I'm simply trying so state that it doesn't make you a master.

So what difficulty do you play on?
I enjoy playing Rockband and I seem to be quite good at it actually, nothing really beats your friend's reaction as he/she watches you fly through Green Grass and High Tides on expert. Or the reaction you get when someone asks you, "So what difficulty do you play on?" and you respond, "There are others besides Expert?" There are two things I'm good at, playing Rockband and chewing gum, and I'm all out of gum.   read

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