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.

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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.

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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Day 57: Prepartions for school

Today’s plan was to buy the school uniform and some stationary for school. I got a good nights rest again, waking up at 11 and getting a good 10 hours of sleep. I spent the majority of the morning playing Bejeweled 3. Joel was supposed to come over early, but he only ended up getting to my place at around 1. Despite having 15 hours of sleep, he was still tired.

First stop was the uniform place. I picked up the school shorts and a new trousers while Joel got 2 School Shirts and 2 shorts. Pretty boring stuff. We then stopped by a small snack shop “A DAN.” They have the most amazing curry there. We used to go there all the time when our school had a renovation, which forced us to spend half a school year in our sister school’s spare floors.

Joel then went off to dance practice. It would have been a bit of a waste time if I left so I decided to do something productive. I went to Daiso (the asian equivalent of the one dollar store) and “Zhi Fu: the most well-known stationery store in Macau. At Daiso I picked up a spray bottle for my plant, a towel for exercise, a case for my camera and a magnetic pen holder for my locker. At Zhi Fu I picked up a ocordian folder and two notebooks. Last year I had an ocordian folder and there just so damn useful!

Think I’m prepared for school? Wrong.  I haven’t even bought my school books yet. We have a tendency to not use half of them so I’m going to play it by ear.

Tomorrow is going to be the last Friday of Summer. My good friends Martharoot and Morgan are both leaving to other countries to study. My friends and I are going to see them off at the ferry. It’s really sad to see them go, more and more of my friends are going abroad to finish their studies. Wonder how many of us will stick around the whole way. At this point its pretty hard to jump of the boat.

My birthday (September 13th) is a pain to celebrate most of the time. This is because it is right when school starts, when parents are the most strict. I had this idea of staying the night at a hotel with a couple of friends (either Grand Lapa or The Westin). The problem is, we can only use the membership for low traffic days such as Sunday. Pity.

Day 56: The Second Leg of the last journey

After a long day out it was time to find a place to sleep (spontaneous sleepover ftw!). We decided to go to Tasha’s house but due to our poor decision making Liam and I ended up without taxi. It toke us half an hour to get a taxi, with our friends arriving and showering before we even got into a taxi. Liam and Bruno had a puking contest to pass the time. Eventually we got a taxi but not in the way you would expect. My friends Ivan and Cassidy where visiting a nearby friend’s house that was with us. Their taxi driver was closing up shop, but agreed to drive us to Macau. A God send.

Sleeping at Tasha’s was nice as always. I always feel a home there. Everyone got showered up (except John :P) than despite for being up for nearly twenty hours we watched some movies, first Quarantine 2: The Terminal. The boy is so stupid in that movie. Next was the last half of Shark Night. Really bad CGI and highly improbable story. More comedy then horror.

Afterwards we all just drifted of to sleep. I slept around 6 and was awoken at about 1 by Joao. He slept at Joao’s (taking on for the team since there was no room) (there are two Joao’s, I shall call one Joao C. from now on to prevent confusion) and called everyone in the house multiple times. I had 10 missed calls when I finally picked up.

I was so happy. I have no idea, but when I awoke I was just so happy. I was sleeping with my green hoddy that I had the foresight to bring and was just so light and happy like. Kinda like a happiness hangover.

We all were in a bit of a state of suspended animation. We just sat there making fun of Channel V stuff. We all ate some form of Cup Noodles and got dressed and left for lunch. Guess what we had? McDonald’s.

When I finally arrived home I was greeted by great news! Logitech, without a doubt (ok, maybe Corsair) is my favourite peripheral producer. They have a branch called Ultimate ear which just released their first headphones and a new boombox! They all look so appealing and must sound great! I want them despite buying new headphones recently. I’m such a materialist. Then I saw the trailer for the new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It looks soo good! I’m such a nerd 😛

Off to work on the China Blogs now. Wish me luck!