Spooky Trailers: Tremors (1990)

It’s October, the spookiest month! I love love love horror movies, so for October I’m going to be highlighting some of my older or lesser known favorites thanks to YouTube’s huge backlog of trailers.

Official Rating: PG-13
My Scary Rating: 3/10
Quote: “Broke into the wrong god damn rec room, didn’t ya you bastard!”

I saw this in the movie theatres when I was a youngster, and it remains great. A nice blend of humor and scares, young (so very young) Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are the leads with a really great supporting cast.

The State of the Blog: October

I’m moving in six weeks.

Moving sucks at the best of times and is a huge disruption of one’s life. And of course if that isn’t enough of a challenge you can always add some difficulty levels, including:

1) The move is over a border, from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA.
2) I’m bringing two angry senior cats.
3) I’m doing 95% of the work on my own.
4) I’m participating a 24-hour video game marathon a week before the move. (PS: Donate and win games!)
5) It turns out that some bad neighbors have a horrible bedbug infestation, and three weeks ago I found some in my apartment.

Let’s talk about that last one for a bit. People like to keep their bedbug problems a secret, and I understand because they are fricken’ gross. But because of that searching for information on the internet only really turns up forums full of people who either have never had bedbugs but have an extreme phobia about it that consumes their life, or people with horrible stories about how they’ve lived for 25 years with the bugs and they will never go away and now they’ve just accepted their new life as the weird bug person.

After reading some of these sites, you may find yourself losing hope. “I could just start taking meth,” you might say, “because in the long run it will probably be a cheaper and easier path to full neurotic collapse.” But it will be okay! You will have to do a lot of work for a bit and things that were previously easy like getting dressed and going to bed will not be easy for a while but if you are vigilant and do the work now I promise that you are not going to end up posting insane things on the internet from your house made of bugs.

(I knew I would be okay when I figured out that bedbugs are best handled with strong organization and a slightly compulsive attention to detail. It turns out I am their natural predator.)

So where was I? Oh right, moving to America! Did you know that when you move to America your credit history doesn’t come with you? You just kind of show up with a new passport and a smile and a story about a fair-to-middling credit history that is sealed back in your home country while bank managers squint at you suspiciously. Welcome to just one of the many exciting facts I have learned recently.

Long story short, I’m going to be a little preoccupied for the next 6 weeks. As a result I will probably be posting less stuff, less often. I also have less time to play games, so some of these posts might be more about pop culture (like horror movies in October!) or more personal life stuff like this one because it’s my site and I’ll blog if I want to. I’m going to try and not miss any episodes of Cat Context or Game On, but we’ll see how it goes.

Thanks in advance for bearing with me, dear reader! I am truly super duper excited about getting this move done and starting my adventures in the land of blue jeans, guns, and machines that make 99 different flavors of Coke.

Hypothesis: There is no such thing as the “WoW Community”

A reminder that I’m giving away games to folks who donate at least $5 to Extra Life!

The topic of this post is just an idea I’ve been kicking around lately.

I frequently see people refer to the “World of Warcraft Community”, and I’ve absolutely used the phrase myself in the past. But more and more I think that’s ascribing a sense of collective where none exists. It’s less a “community” than simply a huge and diverse audience of people who enjoy playing World of Warcraft.

Think about it — a large number of people around the world play pool. Some just play on the odd Friday night, some play professionally. Some folks don’t think about the metagame at all, while others are avid members of the Pool Monthly forums. Is this a community, or just a whole bunch of pool players?

I would define “community” as a group of people who share an ethos. I absolutely believe that there are communities within WoW players — there are guilds, and groups of friends, and high end raiders, and people who chat together on the MMO-Champion forums, just to name a few — but on the macro scale, I’m just not sure.

WoW players share a similar hobby, but everything else varies. What people enjoy doing, how many people they enjoy doing it with, their philosophy on optimization, or PvP, or solo content.. it can all be wildly different from player to player. It’s hard to make any blanket declaration about WoW players beyond “they like WoW”, which makes the “community” label a little tenuous.

Why does it matter? Two reasons.

First, because when you take away the community angle, it becomes much more evident that being prescriptive about WoW players is a lost cause. You can’t argue that the “WoW community” will love garrisons or hates optimization or whatever because you can’t really rely upon the notion that they’re a collective. (I think you can say “the majority of WoW players” should you have that information.)

Second, if you stop assuming that everyone in WoW will hold the same common beliefs as you because you all play the same game, then you’re going to be a lot less disappointed. You won’t be surprised when someone loves the game but also lobbies for totally opposite political views as you, or has a different opinion about how to behave online, or even just when you really liked that zombie invasion back in the day but they didn’t.

There are a huge number of WoW players, and there are a huge number of communities that exist within that pool, but calling it the “WoW Community” is assuming a homogeneity of thought that I don’t think actually exists.

The Great Extra Life Game Giveaway

It’s a month away from the Extra Life marathon for Children’s Miracle Networks, and we’ve already raised $400 — that’s 50% of the goal! That’s so cool. To kick off the month leading up I’ve gone through my stash of games (and had some very kindly donated by my guildie Jhun) and I put together a list of what I think are the best 15.

Donate at least $5, and pick your game! It’s first come, first serve.

All games will be Steam codes or transferred to you via Steam, with the exception of The Sims 3 which is on Origin and has a stupid DRM process.

(If you’ve already donated: a) you are awesome and b) let me know if you’d like one of these and it’s yours!)

UPDATE: Even more games! Added to the list: Darksiders, Defender’s Quest, Red Faction: Armageddon, and Monaco.

Bastion Dust: An Elysian Tail Papers, Please
Borderlands GOTY Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Reus
Cave Story + Guacamelee The Sims 3 + two DLC
Don’t Starve! Mirror’s Edge Thomas Was Alone
Dungeon Defenders Complete Orcs Must Die! + DLC Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War

Or how about a code for 400 gems for the Guild Wars 2 gem store, kindly donated by ArenaNet?

Or how about a code for a Blossoming Ancient pet in WoW?

Cat Context 60: Divinity: Original Sin, ArcheAge Launches, Dragon Coins
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Cat Context 60: Divinity: Original Sin, ArcheAge Launches, Dragon Coins

cat context vertical Cat Context 60: Divinity: Original Sin, ArcheAge Launches, Dragon Coins

Interested in learning more about the games we cover on the show? Follow the new Cat Context Podcast curated list on Steam!

This week Liore, Ellyndrial, and Arolaide are talking about Kickstarter RPG Divinity: Original Sin, the launch of new MMO ArcheAge, and addictive mobile game Dragon Coins.

The Arolaide household has been playing Divinity: Original Sin in co-op, and Aro talks about how much they’re enjoying this throwback hit. Speaking of throwbacks, Elly and Liore admit that they haven’t played Baldur’s Gate and then Aro swears a lot. Is it cool to skip a classic game because it’s intimidating, or are we just chicken?

Liore has been playing ArcheAge, or queuing for it at least. She talks about her impressions from Alpha, and concerns about the future of land ownership for less than hardcore players. Elly agrees — if ArcheAge can support more casual farmers (with fields and cows and stuff) and the more competition-minded players, it could be very successful.

Also we can’t stop freaking playing mobile gotta-catch-em-all title Dragon Coins, even while recording this episode! Elly talks about Magic again for a few minutes! Liore held hands (wings?) with a virtual pigeon!

Like to watch? This podcast has a livestreamed video version:

http://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=eJysS98jqRg

If you enjoyed this podcast, please “Like” or “Favorite” it in your media consumption method of choice! It makes us feel nice.

* Dragon Coin codes — Aro: 5665-1013-7386 | Elly: 2480-9318-2782 | Liore: 2201-8594-0458
* Free Music Archive page for our theme, in THE crowd by The Years

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