Saturday, July 12, 2008

ICandee's Top Five: Not Gaming Edition

Sometimes I'm just "blah" about playing anything but still want to do something gaming related. Something to keep me connected while I wait for inspiration to strike on what game I'll play next. The thought occurred to me the other day that I may not be the only one this happens to and so with that thought in mind...

Please to enjoy...

ICandee's Top 5 Gaming Things to Do When You Aren't Gaming

1. Read: Masters of Doom

This book tells the story of John Romero and John Carmack, co-creators of Doom and Quake. Very interesting read, a must have for any gamers library that includes more than games.

2. Listen: The Katamari Damacy soundtracks

RuFfNeCk would argue this in favor of the Final Fantasy soundtracks, but for me the Katamari soundtracks from Katamari Damacy and We Love Katamari are ones I actually listen to in my car so they get top billing. Fun, quirky, sentimental and full of pop Japanese music from these games was the first set of game music that didn't want to make me knock myself out with my own controller after hearing it over and over.

3. Watch: King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

This documentary chronicling the rivalry between Donkey Kong champion Billy Mitchell and challenger Steve Wiebe is not to be missed. It's either the funniest thing I've ever seen or the saddest thing but either way it's the best documentary I've watched in a while. Not even gaming is exempt from a seedy underbelly.

4. Wear: Gaming Gear

I recently discovered a site for all your gaming gear needs and found quite a few that I would love to have myself. Now, as is the case with most geek wear sites, their womens section consist mainly of underwear (We wear shirts too you know!) and some cartoon character squeezing where you boob would be but their mens section is pretty extensive and enjoyable. They also have a collection of Zero Punctuation shirts which is cool.

5. Buy: More Games

OK, this was RuFfNeCk's suggestion for my fifth non-gaming selection but I reminded him that because he now works for the "gaming man" at a well known game store, he's become a corporate shill and his opinion means nothing. Of course, that was his cue to wave a shiny piece of free gaming schwag in front of my face and we just ended up making out for a while. So go buy more games!

If there are other things you do to game when you aren't technically gaming, please do share with them with the whole class! (And by class, I mean me)
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