TODAY ON THE BASEMENT: Marissa recounts her trip to the UK to interview the cast from Game Of Thrones, including her story about HOW SHE LEFT VANCOUVER WITHOUT A WARM JACKET. (Don’t worry—it has a happy ending. Which involves buying a NEW JACKET. SHEESH. These TV people.) Also, Marissa tells the story of the time she rode in the elevator with Alfie Allen, A.K.A. THEON GREYJOY. Scott confesses his love for the Wii U., including his ongoing fascination with Super Punch-Out!! WHY SCOTT? WHYYYY? There’s also Batman: Arkham Knight talk, Majora’s Mask talk, New 3DS talk, and MORE MORE MORE! What are you waiting for? Start listening NOW!
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Watching this reminded me of those early gaming experiences I had with my older brother. Sitting on the floor right in front of the old stalwart CRT. Blowing into those NES cartidges when they didn’t work or banging on the top of the TV when the screen went funny. It was doubly nostalgic for me because one of my first indelible memories in gaming was watching my brother fight his way up to Mike Tyson in Punch Out. If he hit you ONCE, you would go down in a heap and it was basically game over. It was brutal and I thought it was impossible. When I saw my brother finally beat Tyson it opened up a world of gaming possibility for me as it showed me games weren’t impossible but could be surmounted with the right amount of learning and effort. That was an experience that gave me confidence where I otherwise lacked in school. Who knows, maybe I can trace back believing in myself to those early days playing Punch Out with my brother. Is that sad? Anyways…
I also had one of those ‘get serious’ moments. It was right between the end of the PS1 era and beginning of the PS2 era. I was now an adult. In University. I started working on writing a self-produced musical album. I, for a brief period of time, started believing the words of gaming naysaysers that it was all idle toy-playing for children. Artists don’t play games. Philosophers don’t play games. These are the mental tricks I had to tell myself to distance myself from the gripping attraction and real love I had for games.
What a load of horseshit. What was there for me when nobody came to my performances? A video game. When a girl rejected me? A video game. When I flunked a course? A video game. That’s sounds sad but in retrospect it actually wasn’t. It was a bit more sad that I pumped up these other things in my life as somehow being more real. Yes, games are escapism and therefore not real. But, in some ways relationships and careers and things of that nature can be a form of escapism too. Is a painter less real than a doctor? Is love of art less real than love of the natural world? Is money more real than happyness? They’re all valid for different reasons. The important question to ask is where to find the balance between these things. What they are, and what they aren’t.
A quote from Stephen Fry: “It is the useless things that make life worth
living and that make life dangerous too: wine, love, art, beauty.
Without them life is safe, but not worth bothering with.”
Marisa was way too grumpy to appreciate Scott’s humor, which in a sense made his humor that much more enjoyable.
Is reviews on the run gone? What is happening? Can I please get an answer?
your answer here . http://epn.tv/all/spotlight/vics-basement-2015/ the first pod cast of the year. they stated what the deal is in that link