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Video Game T-shirts – [Alice] Geeks Out

In case you haven’t heard, I have the coolest kid EVER. To be fair all parents say that, but mine is pretty damn cool.

I love him for many reasons but one of my top reasons are that even at 8 ½ he has one of the wriest wits I know. He is also very much his own man. He wears mismatched socks every day and sometimes he even rocks a faux-hawk. He is a goofball and I love me some goofballs.

I am not sure if I have forced him into the Geek world or whether he came to it naturally or if it will even stick (I’m pretty sure it will) but I do know he enjoys a good Geek t-shirt when he sees one; he is a bit video game geek.  Here are some of his favorite video game t-shirts from Redbubble.

 

Video Game Documentaries – [Alice] Geeks Out

I started playing video games back when the only option was the arcade. I spend most of my allowance at the putt-putt golf arcade behind the Tallahassee mall. I had moved on by the time consoles became popular. I would occasionally play with friends but we never bought a console for our house. I got re-interested in my late 20s. At that time, I played mostly on my computer and only occasionally.

One the things I become interested in after arcade video games was film. One of my favorite types of films are documentaries. I love documentaries because I love people — with all their foibles, passions, inconsistencies, sadness, etc. I find people fascinating (myself included) and documentary films are a wonderful showcase for personalities.

These two interests came together in 2011 when I was the film festival coordinator for Phoenix Comicon. Part of my job was to search the internet for quality films that I thought would appeal to Phoenix Comicon attendees. Video game documentaries. Why not? I have watched quite a few since then –  here are some of my favorites (for various reasons). I would love to hear about your favorites in the comments. And, if you haven’t, I totally recommend that you watch these whether or not you love video games.

1. King of Chinatown

This is the first video game documentary I ever watched. I was amazed at how invested I was in Wong winning the championship. It is also an interesting study in the relationship between two people tied together with a common goal. Or at least what they think is a common goal.

Educating [Geeks] S2 E08 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Part 1

In this episode of Educating [Geeks] Bri, Megan, and Andrea give Alice an education on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This episode covers the start of the game through Link’s sudden realization that he got to skip puberty. Alice talks about her challenges with playing on a different console and the hosts discuss their favorite aspects of gameplay. Stick around to the end to hear the hosts come up with drinking game rules for the game!

Cassie’s Best of Season 1 Episode – Katamari Damacy

When we were asked to pick our favorite Season One episode of Educating [Geeks], I didn’t hesitate: Katamari Damacy, featuring Alice, Bri, Megan, Sara and me.

My selection was immediate, final and firm – and I’m still not quite sure why. The video game, hailing from Japan with a global following, is alright. I’m not a big fan of it like our resident Katamari expert Megan, and I was definitely the worst of the group at playing it.

But there’s just something so endearing about a cute, beleaguered, little alien dude who has to “roll around a sticky ball and pick sh*t up,” as Alice so eloquently describes it in the E[G] episode.

Meet Guest Host Chako

John Chakravarty (or Chako) is a part time corporate cog and an all the time winner. He writes, draws and occasionally stands in for Channing Tatum at autograph signings. Chako was introduced to Star Wars at an early age by his brothers. This introduction grew into an obsession that included comics, Sci-fi literature, table top RPGs and lots of video games. Chako spends his days sequestered in his apartment writing novels (that will soon become major motion pictures), attempting to put Bruce Banner in his fantasy football lineup, and spending time with his wonderful woman-friend and two dumb dogs.