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A Gamer's Moment With 'Insert Name Here'

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I’m sure everyone has had a similar experience to the one I had this morning. This morning during my shower, I was listening to the shower radio when the song Lay Down by Priestess came on. So I think ‘oh man I love this song’ it starts playing and I find this weird sensation in my hand. I look down and my fingers are moving… odd I think. Then it hits me. Lay Down is one of the tracks on Guitar Hero III, which I was obsessively playing over Xmas at my parents place on my Dad’s Wii. Even worse, my fingers were following the right color pattern: green green red yellow red yellow red blue etc. etc… And I yell YOU ROCK after the song... well ok I didn't do that... *shifty eyes* This, my friends is what I like to call a Gamer’s moment. When the games we love find their way into our lives deliberately and quite subconsciously.

There’s another aspect of the gamer’s moment. The other that I’ve encountered more than once is when you’re in a room with people foreign to the industry and someone mentions a game and you go into a speech about something or several things about that game.
For example, as I’ve already mentioned I was playing Guitar Hero III on my Dad’s Wii. My Mom picked this up for him and told everyone else in the room how she had heard about all the hype and thought that she would get one, my Dad is currently playing as she’s talking and I’m sitting watching. So I’m listening and start mentioning how yeah it’s sweet and the track listings are awesome, but in comparison to the other two Guitar Hero’s the songs don’t match up with the notes as well. I've come this far, I keep going. And the wireless guitars have a lot of connectivity issues because of the fact that they come apart (side note: for the Wii, we’ve had problems with the whammy bar quitting mid song and you have to plug the Wiimote back in), and how Harmonix used to own it but sold it to Activision and they’re not utilizing the game as well as Harmonix did, but Harmonix is working on rock band which is… and I trail off. I’m not necessarily done, but as I’ve been talking I’ve been watching my dad playing and at that moment I glance around seeing everyone else in the room staring at me blankly. Then someone coughs… Then the song ends…

My Mom: ‘Can you play La Grange again?’
Me: Face Palm

That is another version of a gamer’s moment, when you know more about something than any regular person playing the game could ever care to know. Ah well, one day I’ll get through to someone.
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