The social evolution of gaming

***This post was conceptualized during the summer of 2012. Although I made a post everyday, it never made it around to making this. So today, on my little “creation day” im finally going to get this out of draft limbo***  

Over the summer I realized that my gaming experience had become more social than ever. More and more I abandoned my haven off single player games to play games with my friends. Great examples would be left 4 dead 2 and League of Legends. For the entire summer I never played alone. We explored these new worlds together.

It was not limited to that either, when friends came over we played games split screen using controllers. It brought back memories from my youth where my brother and I continuously played n64 and ps2 all day.

However the term social gaming has taken for the worst in the form of Facebook games. Big companies farming the public with in game purchases. Notifications and updates. Ugh.

Although solo games offered an arguably more immersive experience  if continually choose “social games” over them. I suppose it had something with the wanting to fit in with them, or it was fun to do just about anything with them.

Mobile gaming also had a resurgence this year where I live, in the form of the games Candy Crush and Puzzle and Dragons. Everyone. I mean everyone played it. It was a fad, but while it lasted everyone had some common ground, something to talk about and share.

Thank you for reading my unorganized thoughts on how games have evolved into my social experiences.

The Last post of Summer 2012 :'(

Well I did it. I successfully wrote about all 60 days of my summer holiday with only minor hiccups. Along the way I have gained 10 followers, received over 50 likes and collected a total of 282 views with 22 on the busiest. I have made 122 posts and have  914 tags. I’m quite happy how this random idea turned out. I will definitely do this next summer and hopefully continue to blog during the school year.

  • What I did this summer:
  • Went out more
  • Bought tons of new things
  • Played League of legends a ridiculous amount
  • Went to China for 4 days
  • Met a girl
  • Ate myself silly
  • Spent time with my cousins from America
  • Relax and let my brain deteriorate

Before summer started I had all these dreams of what I wanted to do. I was gonna read, create, dance, play games and improve myself. I did that somewhat, and to be realistic how was I suppose to cram so much into one summer? I’m glad how it turned out, and wouldn’t have it any other way :). Thank you to everyone who have read my blog and supported me including my friend Roberto who lives all the way in Germany but is the most supportive of them all. My friend Miguel and Lyka are now regular readers now which I really appreciate (tunks!). And last, but no means least is my friend Marilda. Not only does she read it sometimes she likes to talk to me about it in real life a lot to especially through Twitter Direct Message.

Thanks for reading and I hope you had a good summer!

I’m so embarrassed

Day 60: The Final 24 Hours of Summer

My last day of unadulterated freedom. Hard to savour really, considering I have manged to catch a cold again. I’m not prepared to go back to school. I don’t want to be restrained. I don’t want to have wear black shoes, shave or wake up early. I haven’t even bought the books yet. Guess I’ll have to walk in and see how it goes…

Jessica was at Sunday School today (the girl I met on the China Trip). She had gone a trip straight after the one to Hing Ling to a place called Chong San. It was her last day her before she returned home to Hong Kong and started school like everyone else. She had bought a tiny Brazilian Turtle in Chong San, and hot damn was it cute! I wish I had brought my compact, but it was basically the size of my palm and was kept in a small plastic cage with air holes on top. Sunday school went off without a hassle (Randy kept picking on me though -,-!) and we played Wolverine at the end of the class. It’s full name is actually Wolverines of Miller’s Hollow.

We had lunch at a Tennis Club, as we often do on Sundays. Including the things we normally order like spaghetti and salad, we had this fried breadcrumb pork chop today. Mmm. The Tennis Club is a small Portuguese Styled restaurant that sits on the side of the reservoir by Macau Tower. It can be described as small, homely and professional.

Since this is the last day of summer I toke some time sift through to-do-list. Here are the videos and photos from photography day (that was about a month ago!) Had to make a Flickr just to share em all!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/williamthehalo/

Also here are the photos that I toke around Venetian on Movie Marathon Day.

And a compilation of videos I toke while there:

I toke a small nap after returning from lunch and then watched the 5th Naruto Shippuden Movie called: Blood Prison. My brother’s computer had been acting up all week so I had to help him try to fix it. Thankfully, my friend Star-Kron was on hand to give me tips, download and instructions. This wasn’t the way I intended to spend my last day of summer, but gotta help my brother out.

We then had dinner at in all you can eat Japanese buffet. The service was kinda bad. We sat down twice, only to be rudely asked to move. Unlike a normal buffet you need to order what you wanna eat, it being still unlimited. The food was incredibly sub par. From sushi to tempura to even miso soap. They also came in incredibly small portions. The only thing that they didn’t screw up was the coke.

After dinner we went for a walk by the sea-side.

Once home I finished watching the rest of my movie and wrote the final posts of the summer blog.

Trip to Hing Ling China: Part 4 (Day 52)

My Trip To Hing Ling China: Part 4

Another false start to the morning. I had thought the morning call was a dream twice in a row now. I had breakfast as normal, albeit with a bit more enthusiasm with it being the last day. I’ve been having the same breakfast for 4 days in a row.

The rest at the time at the estate was spent in the chapel with bible study and preaching. My house, house 2 and house 5 were tied for house cup. Our prize was a small pile of lollipops. I.was.overjoyed.

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Day 59: The Last Weekend of Summer

Today I went with the family to shop at the newly opened San Mui in my area. It feels really new and fresh but nothing special. Bought tons of snacks and drinks (including a Blue Girl that I’ll share with my dad later). Bring on the zombie apocalypse :D!

Finally finished most of the blog posts for my trip to China. That toke up the majority of my afternoon. Despite it being the last Saturday of summer no one is going out. Hopefully something will happen.

Turns out something did happen. After a few lazy hours at home I finally went out with Liam to get his uniform. On the way we bumped into Lyka and Miguel. Lyka had church, but on the way we had to pass through a famous tourist area known as Old Taipa. Miguel toke the liberty to snap some shots as we pretended to be tourist from Canada to get free samples.

It was kinda of weird being in church with them. Their church felt a lot more professional and holy than mine. There was also some difference in procedure, such as kneeling while you prayed. We also saw lots of our teachers there. Guess there coming back to Macau. We bumped into our teachers called Mr.Mike who had gone to Venezuela to visit his wife’s family. My friend Miguel later pointed out that while talking to her that I refered to one as my teachers as Ms.Camel rather then Ms.Cambel. He and Liam wouldn’t let it go.

Everyone split up and went home afterwards. I walked Miguel home but ended up having subway. I kinda felt like we were going out for the sake of it, it being the last day of summer and all. It’s sadly coming to a close.

Trip to Hing Ling China: Part 3 (Day 51)

My Trip To Hing Ling China: Part 3

The third day started poorly with us horrendously late for breakfast. The first time my father tried to wake us up I thought it was a dream! At least breakfast was improved today. They had brought in bread and coffee! Having grown up in America it was much easier for me to digest.

We then going on a tour on a river known us the “Plom.”

Our Boat and home for about 3 hours

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Trip to Hing Ling China: Part 2 (Day 50)

My Trip To Hing Ling China: Part 2

The next day started early with a crappy breakfast that would be repeated for all four days of my stay. Some watery congee and assortment of weird dishes that I don’t like. I ended eating noodles and salted peanuts for breakfast.

We then had a quick bible study after breakfast. I was spared most of it due to a sudden and painful stomach. As I returned, I noticed no one in the breakfast hall. It was time for chapel.

Before Chapel though there was a really weird dance class being held by a woman named Wendy. It started out with some basic stretches but as soon as she started these amazingly gay moves all the men left the dance.

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Day 58: Goodbye Old Friend

I came home from the date. I was exhausted in body and in wallet. My body started relax and prepare for a night of sleep. My mom was thanked for sponsoring me and I wandered over to my computer. “Dude come over, we are having a sleepover.” I had to look twice to make sure. I love my mom for being so considerate. After all off that stuff back to back she left me go. I was at home for about 2 minutes.

In Macau, normal buses stop at midnight which are then replaced by Night buses. The problem was, I didn’t know how to use the night buses. I had to sprint a hill to get to the bus stop in time. Thankfully I made it for the last round of buses. I arrived at Joel’s house sweaty and out of breath.

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My First Real Date

I was so nervous. I sat there in the lobby wondering what would happen. I fidgeted every time the lift door opened, half hoping it was her and half hoping she would just ditch me. In a short few hours I had arranged my first “proper date.” My rational behind it was summer was almost over, so I might as well do something memorable. I’m glad I toke that risk 🙂

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The Rest of Day 57

I then spent a few good hours in the afternoon trying to edit videos from the trip. I swear that sony vegas is the bane of my existant. It loves crashing, or lets me comepletly finish editing but then refuses to render it. A hair-ripping experiance. I also had to sift through hundreds of photos and start on the China Trip Blogs.

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