I’m making a Documentary film about Videogames for my MFA Thesis project at Emerson College. As my friends can all tell you, I love me some videogames, but I noticed something during my time in grad school: Negative stigmas associated with gaming and stereotypes about gamers are still prevalent. Danny LeDonne’s game, Super Columbine Massacre RPG was accepted into the Slamdance Guerilla Games Festival, but due to pressure from the media (most of whom hadn’t bothered to play the game) it was pulled from the competition despite intense support from the judges.
Even now, most films about gaming tend to center on topics like violence, misogyny, and addiction. Yet, as an avid gamer, I know that games have so much more to offer the world. There is value in our play, and I believe that a deeper investigation of our own emotional investment will reveal to our critics what we already know: that playing games can be a deeply meaningful experience with a host of positive consequences.
COME FIND ME on FRIDAY OF PAX EAST 2012 if you’d like to be a part of my film. I’m looking for passionate gamers to tell me their stories. I’ll be there, wearing my adventure time shirt with a camera and a tripod somewhere on the NorthEast side of the convention center (to the right after you walk in.)
My hope is that together, we can share our love of gaming with the world.
Not many people know this, mostly because I have neglected to tell this story, but I met Emile at Pax East in 2012. It’s not a very impressive feat (Not that meeting him isn’t impressive, but if you go to a convention you can find him. Idon'tknowignoreme.) and it’s also really old news, however, the story I’m about to tell you really isn’t. My friend and I decided really late to get passes for Pax East and could only get passes for Friday. Now, I could go into the whole sha-bang about how I met Lucahjin and JoshJepson, who were nice enough to wait with me for Tim and Emile to show up and how I walked around with Tim for hours, but it’s too long and I’ll just skip to the part where eventually my friend and I left the group to do other things while the group went in search for Chuggaa. We found him first. He was nice enough to walk around with us for awhile and explain Find Mii and Find Mii 2. It was like listening to him Let’s Play, but he’s right in the room with you, physically there. Thatwasprettyfuckingcool.Yeah. So, we eventually sat down to get something to eat and Chuggaa asked us if we were going to go to the Thrown Controllers Panel. We both sort of frowned and told him that we were too late to get passes for Saturday and then something amazing happened. Chuggaa told us that he, Tim, and Jon had all purchased passes for each day of Pax East, but didn’t know that by being on a panel they would get their own special passes for free. He told us that he would give us their extra regular passes at the hotel they were staying at if we promised we didn’t tell ANYONE where he or his friends were staying. He, I shit you not, threatened to kill me if I told anyone. Now, I’m digressing from the subject to point out why he said that. During several conventions, fans have found out where Chuggaa is staying and sometimes continually annoy him while he’s in his room. One man was able to figure out Chuggaa’s room number because one of his friends worked at the hotel Chuggaa was staying at. I can’t remember if he kept showing up at his room or if it was something else. Another man at a different convention, called every room in a hotel until he got Chuggaa’s room and continually called him for the rest of the convention. Guys, I’m only telling you these things for one reason, please be respectful of these guys. Doing shit like this freaks them out and it’s just creepy and rude. Anyways, back to the subject, so my friend and I went to the hotel later that night and Tim came down to greet us, talked to us for awhile, and then realized he forgot that the whole reason he had come down stairs was to give us passes and… Forgot the passes. Oh Tim~ He came back down with one 3-day pass and three 1-day passes and handed them over. We thanked him and he went back upstairs to either sleep or doing some recording. Guys. That three day pass was $65. Guys. Those three 1-day passes were $35 each. Guys. Chuggaa and Tim gave my friend and I passes, that all together, were $170, for free, just so we could come to their panel. GUYS.It was all totally worth it in the end. Because he recognized from the night before and the Gir hat I had worn, Tim picked me first to be on his team (I wasn’t even raising my hand) at the panel and we won. I still have that pipe mug and use it. Regularly. I know he may never read this, but, Chugga, thank you so much for making Pax East 2012 the luckiest and greatest two days of my entire life. You didn’t have to give us those passes, but you did anyways. To me, you are truly a wonderful person. Thank you.
ONE MORE PAX post! At the end of Saturday, We ran into Evan Wilson (who is a semi professional photographer, i think? whatever, he takes awesome pics) and he took these extremely awesome photos of me and josh :)