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The Case for Video Games

Please Give it to Me!

I wish I had one case to store every video game. I have so many loose discs lying around and nowhere to put them! I have enough dust coating my games to make a dustman. (It’s something like a snowman except it’s made of dust.)


October 14, 2019 · 6:11 pm

Finding Beauty in a Video Game

When I’m stressed out, I take a big breath and exhale. Then I try to take in the beauty of nature–the nature that the city offers—around me. I love to see and hear a breeze brush up against the tree’s leaves in late summer. It’s like mother nature is also exhaling, blowing away her own stress and scattering it into the trees for my amusement. This is a beautiful sight and sound that most people only experience outdoors. But we have a secret.

Our secret is that we play video games, and we might stumble upon breath-taking moments in fictional worlds. One of my favourite things to look at in games is water; I love when game developers make beautiful and realistic water. The shimmering blue ripples and marine life beg for eyes to adore their beauty. Far from being a laughable copy of the real thing, this beauty in the game, regardless of the developer’s intent, reminds me of the beauty of nature. I love a placid lake so much that it makes me happy to see it even in a game.

The beauty of life and the beauty of nature in a video game are, of course, different. But they can both be beautiful, and I can appreciate them both.

When have you experienced nature’s beauty in a video game, if at all? How did it make you feel?


September 17, 2015 · 11:27 pm

E3 2015: Are You Excited?

Ah, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)! For some, E3 must feel like they’re having an extended birthday full of video games that could make great gifts.

E3 used to feel like an extended birthday for me. I used to digest every single bit of E3 news to learn about upcoming games and draw up lists of games I wanted. I would gleefully watch the console makers battle it out on stage and follow the post battle commentary from critics. I’m still excited, but I don’t have the same amount of free time to follow E3 these days, though I listen to podcasts to stay up to date.

Are you following E3 closely and why? What video games are you excited to see?


June 15, 2015 · 2:29 pm

Eating a Video Game?

That doesn’t sound safe. I mean, you probably shouldn’t bite into a video game disk. I’m also not sure how one would eat a digital video game, but it’s probably not safe either.

Allow me to clarify: have you eaten any delicious food that was inspired by video games? What was the story behind the food? Perhaps a princess made you a Mario inspired meatball and marinara sub or something a little more exotic.


June 9, 2015 · 12:28 am

If Video Games Were Outlawed

There is a giant rectangular face with piercing grey eyes that stare deep into your soul. These cold eyes, even though they have no life as they appear on a poster, seem to fixate on you, following you wherever you go. The face also sports a bushy mustache, and even further below, the man in the poster points his accusatory finger at you. This the poster of the All Powerful Leader; the one who has outlawed video games.

What would you do if you lived in a place where video games were illegal?


June 1, 2015 · 10:47 pm

Video Game Developer for a Day

Suppose a wand, glittering with gold, descended from a clear sky. No, it does not belong to Harry Potter, and please try to take this imaginary magic wand seriously, okay?

Now, upon closer inspection, you notice a white and golden sticker on the wand that says, “Official Nintendo Seal of Quality.” You pick up the wand and watch as purple smoke slowly billows out of it until a beautiful purple cloud engulfs you. This is some sorcery. This is a magic wand!

The wand gives you the magical ability to make any video game you want, to become a video game developer–without the hard work–for a day. What game would you make and why?

Note: Someone or something put the Nintendo sticker there as a joke for gamers. You don’t have to make a Nintendo game. It’s a wand without any loyalty.


May 18, 2015 · 9:45 pm

So You’ve Had a Bad Day

The toaster burnt the toast as if it was sitting on the surface of a scalding sun. The bus driver decided to arrive on time for once and to splash you with a tsunami of curb water. Your negative algebra test result means that your parents won’t get you a new bike anytime soon. Nothing went right today.

Now, you need to unwind when you get home. Do you play video games to unwind? Is there are a particular genre of game that helps you relax or a specific game that you always play when you’re low (or both)?


May 11, 2015 · 10:46 pm

All About You, Food and Games

So I thought I’d take the time to learn more about my mysterious and oh-so-cool readers. And I have a question for you: what do you eat when you play video games?

Do you forgo food in the name of conquering digital universes until you collapse? Do you eat and drink a stereotypical mix of “gamer fuel” and Doritos?  Set the record straight, and I hope, break the stereotypes.


May 4, 2015 · 4:04 pm

No Time for Video Games?

So you think you have no time for video games… Well, you might have time if you’re doing one of these silly things:

  • Stressed out, wringing your hands, worrying about what might happen. Need to relax.
  • Roasting something in all its delicious natural juices and letting the smell awaken your stomach from its digestive slumber. Can’t think straight with the smell. Can’t reflect. Need distraction.
  • Watching the same movie, which you’re starting to get sick of, for the one millionth time. In your pajamas. Haven’t bathed. Smelly.

If you have time to procrastinate instead of doing meaningful work, then you probably have time to play some video games.

There’s time for video games in your life. In small bursts, and as part of a well-balanced life that includes bathing, you could unwind and have fun. Give it a try.

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April 27, 2015 · 9:48 pm

Eat Your Vegetables!

I’ve written several posts critiquing the silly things that people say about video games.  In my youthful exuberance, I neglected to mention that sometimes we should put down the controller. We should strive for balance in life.

And as much as I love video games, there are a lot of unfortunate controversies in this industry. I believe gamers could always treat each other and the non-playing public better. We need to face criticism about the industry with an open mind. We’re not all saints above reproach.

But this is obvious to most of you. I’m still going to say it because we need to recognize that it’s tough for some people to stop playing and stop saying stupid things. Let’s not let them ruin our good time.

So I think I shook my cane at you young whippersnappers enough for today. While I’m at, I’ll remind you to get off of my lawn because you’re killing my finely manicured grass with your coarse running shoes.

And, oh yeah, eat your vegetables!

(This public service announcement brought to you by Video Games Nebula.)


April 20, 2015 · 8:18 pm