January 7, 2015
Have you ever thought "Damn. Our civilization is so advanced we're starting to go backwards!" No, really! If you are a parent, you are always hearing about these "Crunchy Granola Parent" bragging about how they've given up on modern conveniences like diapers ("we only use cloth diapers), cultivating their urban properties or apartment patios into thriving food gardens ("we made a container garden so we can know for sure we aren't eating GMO produce"), and hell, even making their own cleaning products! Okay, the last I'm guilty of but that's because we're too broke for the commercial stuff. Then again, we're so broke we have to live this "home-stead" style life because we can't afford to properly join the Nerd-World properly. Sadly, the afore mentioned Granola Folk do it because "it's a healthy way to live and saves the planet". They don't have to live that way. They work "REAL" jobs that require college degrees and can support a family without state assistance. Not us. We live on just my husband's job because we're so broke, I can't even afford to work because of the cost of child-care. Also, with how frequently the school calls, I couldn't even keep the job because my kid just CAN'T behave through a whole day in class so save his little damn life.
Regardless, Since we moved into this apartment 2 years ago, I had given up my "Pay by the minutes" phone to resubscribe to Magic Jack. The next year, Matt purchased a cell phone because he had started making and selling hand-made soaps. He said the phone was for business purposes and emergencies only, but he threw that little rule out nearly as quick as he made it. I admit, I was jealous as hell because now he can leave the house and be easy to contact without me having to always calling his work and leaving messages, let alone to go out and do whatever and be easy to contact. I only took that phone when I left the house to go somewhere in case Matt needed to get a hold of me. Sadly, we started having troubles with our phone line. Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm telling you now, Magic Jack is a great way to go if you need to cut costs and save on bills. Sadly, the service is crap for what they offer (free USA long distance, local calls, voice mail, call waiting, and caller ID. Just standard stuff). Not only that, but land-line telephones are becoming so obsolete that their quality is also not what it used to be. Seriously. If you want one that's going to last, get it at Best Buy and be prepared to shell bucks. We had this land line phone for all of just under a year and it started crapping out hard in October. By December, it just died.
Christmas came and went and my dad sent us a nice "Gift". Not saying what, just know I was able to finally get myself a cell phone! What did I get? A Nokia Lumia 530. Yes, I'm aware it's a Windows Phone, but kiss my ass! I love it so far! I feel like I have finally joined the 21st century! Do you know how many of my friends try to send me texts forgetting that I don't have a cell? Not only that, but when we message each other, I respond more or less right away, while they have to take the time and type out what their typing because they're responding from their cell phones.
Now that I have one, I'm nerding out like a Gramma who just got a Facebook account and doesn't know what to do with it! As of now, I have tricked out my phone with a Sailor Moon background and rings with the song that Chiba Mamoru's watch makes when it opens. Her transformation sound from the original anime is my text tone. Damn right. That's how I roll.
So, now that I have all these apps, app games, and a few pictures under my belt, I'm totally feeling comfortable with my status in life, even if I'm still just as poor and broke as I started.
November 29, 2014
This post was written during one of my Depressive Episodes.
I am not meaning to hurt anyone's feelings or offend anyone
who has ever experienced what I have described below.
Depression makes even the most diplomatic of people
into complete and total assholes.
Read at your will and with all this in mind.
It's two days after Thanksgiving (2014) and our car is completely dead. The clutch has gone to shit and will not go in gear. Car issues have always been a depression trigger for me. I've never ONCE had a car last me more than 2 years since the year I got my license. Even after I married for the second time, we as a couple can't keep a car running for longer. I'm in total "Fuck My Life" mode right now. I was thinking of ranting thoughtless, selfish bullshit, but I'm fighting to take the high road here and instead make this into something constructive. This is now an inside my head look of what a depressive episode looks like.
So here's what's going on inside my head:
When I got the word this morning that the car has gone to shit, my first thought was "OF FUCKING COURSE IT DID! IT'S JUST AFTER FUCKING THANKSGIVING AND JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS!" When I went to post about it on Facebook, I turned it into "My husband made me look like a fucking loony moron when the car shit out on us in the middle of the intersection because he undermined an earlier post about the car by saying 'it's okay now. It's drivable again. Just a small issue." He ALWAYS pulls that shit on me because I'm blonde therefor I'm a fucking retard to him. Even when I ask him to stop treating me like a moron, he fucking continues in small doses to gauge my attitude about it. This is the same fucking Mr. Know-It-All who ALWAYS comes in from working on same car saying "Okay, I know what the issue is now for certain." goes back out, said trick doesn't work, comes in saying "Okay, I know what the issue is now for certain!" Each time he says this bullshit, he's looking more and more like my dad in HIS ability to "Fix" cars.
From there, I go into "I'm not worth this life." Does this mean I'm feeling suicidal? No. It means I feel like I have made too many of the wrong decisions in my life and that I am such an utter fuck up that I will never have a nice car, a house with a washer/dryer hook up, a husband who has a good livable wage job, or a child whom rarely goes to the Principal's office because he actually behaves and speaks like a PROPER 6 year old should. This one I'm still feeling hard core about.
As of just a few moments ago, I went into the memories of all those Holiday Radio Programs, or News Casts, or Internet Videos where a family (90% of them being single moms, single dads, then a different chart for it being children of abuse, homeless, then a whole other category for "Families of Soliders") where someone nominated them to be "Blessed" with either a fat wad of cash, a BRAND NEW vehicle, a house or nice apartment COMPLETE WITH WASHER DRYER HOOK-UP, and/or the chance to see their loved one in public again. All their faith is restored in humanity. My own best friend who is going through her own messed-up time with her and her children (and she fits the single mom stereo type complete with abused children) received a newly refurbished and completely working car for being a stereotypical single mom with abused children. Not saying she and these other families don't deserve these karmic kick-backs, but my brain and heart are jacking me up saying "What makes her and those other families more deserving of these massive blessings and not our own family?" Our family became VERY homeless in July of 2012 when Matt lost his job at Walmart over their usual "Walmart brand" bullshit because he was getting a little too mouthy about wanting the CSM he was already working but not receiving the pay for. NONE of our friends helped us save for one, but she tried placing us and our then 3 year old son into a fucking Crack House. Eventually, her then Mother-in-Law took us in for 2 months until we went into the Big Brother system known as the Salvation Army. Not only that, I was almost literally breaking my back working part-time in a plus-size women's clothing chain. With my scoliosis, I ALWAYS left work holding back tears of pain. I couldn't quit the job lest we lose our apartment with Salvation Army because BOTH PARENTS must be working to maintain their VERY temporary "home". Since then, did finally get a proper apartment, but with no washer & dryer hook-ups, as usual. Matt did and still works at a nursing home but now is the soul bread-winner because, as always, our 2 years was up with the car we had and I no longer had a way to work that didn't require daily payment plus we were spending more money keeping me employed, what with gas and a baby-sitter for me to even work, not to mention the pain of being constantly on my feet had finally affected me for the worse.
So now our second car is completely dead. My husband continues to work as a CNA and his barely livable paycheck and small potatoes food-stamps is all we have to sustain us. So why do we deserve a big blessing like a new and properly working car that will last more than 2 years with regular maintenance, or a proper home, or even enough money to pay off our student debts and/or all debts so Matt can finally try for his RN, less than any other family, let alone a single parent? We're hurting too. We're struggling just as hard to keep from hitting homeless status again.
Lastly, I am feeling shame. I am tired of hearing "Why can't you just get a job?" I'm tired of "Why can't you just lose the weight so you won't be in as much pain...so you can get a job?" I'm especially tired of "Have you thought of trying _________?" Fuck every single person who says anything like this to people in crisis. I'm a stay at home mom because I CAN'T AFFORD TO FUCKING WORK! You haven't seen the cost of child-care lately, have you? Unless you're a single parent (especially a single mom), we aren't magically granted child care in this state unless BOTH PARENTS work full time. Because I have this painful scoliosis and less than a college degree, full time work is damn near impossible for this bitch to find. I also to refuse to work in Telemarketing again. As far as losing weight, yeah. I've been fat all my life. I've made MANY furtive efforts to lose the weight. I've even had a few gym memberships. I push and push and push myself in the gym. 50 lbs is my maximum weight loss. Also, I was no longer able to continue at Gold's Gym because WE MOVED 2 HOURS AWAY FROM IT! Where we live now, the closest gym we can afford is 6 miles away. Our car is shit and we don't have the money to get out of the fucking contract because of the holidays. And don't ask me if I've tried this that or the other thing to solve my God Damn problem. Unless I ask for fucking advice on what to find, I am in NO MOOD to hear your "Oh we did this and it helped a lot" crap. What I want right this second is an instant fix. I want right this second is someone to call and say "I have what you need and there are no strings attached. It's in perfect working order, brand new, and all I want is for you and yours to have a happy holiday and a good life. Just pay it forward."
And if you suffer depression or been in this state of mind, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.
So. Yes, I'm ranting but this is exactly what goes on in a depressive person's mind during an episode, like what I'm going through right now.
I promise, I will eventually get over this. Until I do, please tread lightly around me, do NOT offer me unasked for advice, do NOT say anything or post anything that will make me feel shame for who I am and what we have been through, and unless you have an instant fix for what is hurting my soul right now, the only thing you can do to improve my attitude is just either put in some phone-calls to people who CAN instantly fix my hurting soul & family, or bring me some fucking Dutch Brothers and your knitting/crocheting so we can just vent it out with a Craft Circle.
November 18, 2014
Watching a story on our local news here in Spokane where a non-vaccination mom FINALLY GOT IT! At first, this mom decided she didn't want "those nasty chemicals" in her children and that they should fight deadly viruses and diseases naturally. So when her oldest daughter got deadly sick with Whooping Cough, she finally realized the err of her ways! Now ALL of her kids are vaccinated.
PRAISE JEBUS THERE ARE CRUNCHY GRANOLA PARENTS FINALLY SEEING THE LIGHT!
I know that I've mentioned in a previous post the more obvious reasons and rebuttals to this debate, but now that more and more kids are going into schools unvaccinated and (big shock!) illnesses previously eradicated through modern vaccination are making a come back, I feel I need to address another thing one anti-vaccine mother had said.
This mom said, and I quote; "I want my children's bodies to be able to fight these sicknesses naturally." another AV mom said the same thing but added "...and we've been lucky, so far." Wow. If you are an AV parent who has ever said "...and we've been pretty lucky", congratulations. You have just summoned Murphy's law. Seriously. WHY ARE YOU LEAVING YOUR CHILD'S LIVES TO LUCK? And letting your children fight illnesses naturally? Let me drop some serious history on you AV parents out there.
The human race was SO damn healthy back before vaccines were created. Plagues never happened. The Bubonic Plague was a cover-up to keep humans from looking lazy. Polio? Naw. That was just bad parenting. Those parents just let their kids play in traffic and climb trees. Those kids became lame and died from enjoying the dangers of playing outside. And Mary Ingles from the "Little House on the Prairy" stories? She didn't really get Scarlet Fever which took her eyesight. Laura hit her with a 2X4 because she was a triflin' betch.
Also, that Ebola business blowing-up our news & media is all just propaganda to cover-up Obama's failing numbers.
C'mon folks. Are you not noticing the correlation between all these once dead illnesses in our country with this Anti-Vaccination movement? Before the vaccination was discovered, the human existence had a WAY lower life expectancy rate than we do today with all the medical advances we have available to us (at the right price). Your 60 year old mother may seem not as old to you, what with her vitamins, healthy eating, and regular yearly check-ups & mammograms. More than 100 years ago, 60 was considered fairly old! Why? Because vaccines weren't as developed as they are today. Heck, they didn't have as MANY things to vaccinate for as we did today! Go back 500 years and you'll see that 60 was damn right ancient. If anything, if you lived to see 60, you were probably already a Great-Great Grandmother. With life expectancy that short, you better believe they were marrying off girls young and turning them into mothers just as young.
There are just some illnesses our bodies just CAN'T ward off naturally. I don't care if you're into non-GMO or have an all natural life style. Just don't leave your child's life to chance that a once defeated illness isn't going to find a way to your child.
November 12, 2014
|I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying|
...no really, that's the name of this anime!
It is no secret that my husband and I are total anime fans. We are fans to the point that we have made it our ritual to watch at least one episode of anime a night (well, most nights) together after the runt has been put on sleep mode. Don't get me wrong, we do not own a huge library of anime, pick one, and throw it in the Blu-Ray player nor do we have premium subscriptions to Crunchy Roll (although we do have one for Hulu & Netflix but we done seen all their dubbed anime). Instead, we get our anime through different sites (because we support net neutrality, thank you very much).
Now, I'm not going to state which sites we go to because there are so many we use and prefer (and I want to protect them from getting shut down). Not all anime sites will have everything you're looking for, but the amount of shows available in both Dubbed & Subbed it's sometimes hard to choose what you want.
NOTE: Not all anime are dubbed. If you can't find a dubbed version of what you're looking for, it may still be a new release in Japan or has not been optioned for dubbing in the US.
Having said that, here is my Top 10 List of Anime to Watch With Your Significant Other (or yourself if you're a single parent) After The Kids Are In Bed!
*links to the show via "Crunchy Roll" will be highlighted if available for preview. *subbed*
~these anime are rated NSFC (Not Safe For Children). What's the point of watching anime without kids if they didn't have at least some level of perversion or bloody mayhem?~
1.) I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying
This is a newer anime about a Husband & Wife. This concept alone is unique to anime because as some of my fellow otaku know, most anime like to focus on Teens or unmarried Young Adults (depending on the story's plot). This show is HILARIOUS for being >4 minute episodes. The couple marries (probably through an omai/arranged marriage) and lives together. It's unsure yet what the wife does for work or even if she does, but her husband is a total NEET (what us Americans would consider a Mooch). He barely makes a living writing on his blog. He is also a COMPLETE OTAKU (Extreme Anime Fan)! For the ultra-short episodes, the creators pack in a LOT of comedy per scene! They're almost like one-liners but with visual gags, situations, awkward situations, and Anime jokes. My husband and I did have a few good giggles over this one. Also: Broster. You'll get this after watching episode 2.
2.) High School DxD
I accredit this find to my wonderful husband. This anime is about a 16 year old boy, Issei, who becomes a demon and joins the Big Busted & Beautiful Rias and her group of Demons at the school. I also want it known that Issei is a HUGE PERV! His dream is to one day own his own Harem! This anime is packed with action and humor. Also, because this anime is quite obviously for the mens, there are BOOBS & BUTTS GALORE! Unless your Waifu is having none of her man seeing nekkid tatas & tushes, it's worth watching for ALL THE REASONS! As a matter of fact, the nudity is part of the funny because of how much it does feed into Issei's perverted nature! *though there is no link, this anime is available dubbed on Netflix.
3.) Attack on Titan
This is probably one of the single greatest Anime Dramas I have ever watched in my life! I have seen it called "The Walking Dead" of Japan. AoT chronicles the lives of Eren Yeager, Mikasa Akerman, and Armin Hammer (just kidding, his last name is actually Arlert). In about a 1000 or so years from the show's present, immense beings called "Titans" mysteriously appeared on Earth and damn near ate the entirety of human existence. 100 years from the show's present, 3 concentric walls were erected to house the last of humanity's existence. 5 years from the present, a massive Titan over powered the outermost wall, ultimately overtaking and devastating 1/8 (I'm guessing) of the remaining human population. When we finally get to the present, we see our main 3 protagonists joining the human's military and train in their efforts to try and take out the Titans at any cost. There is SO MUCH rich, complex, and emotionally charged story line in this action anime, it's hard not to get caught up in it. If you are a fan of TWD, as I am for sure, then this is one you just HAVE to watch!
4.) Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Suicide is not funny. In fact, if you ever feel you want to hurt yourself or others in anyway, REACH OUT AND SEEK HELP!
Having said that, ZSZS and I'm going to call it for now, is funny in the fact that it's about a suicidal high school homeroom teacher who has to deal with a motley crew of students...one of them who is OVERLY OPTIMISTIC! She is convinced that when someone is trying to hang themselves, they are trying to grow-taller so they can overcome bad things! That's about it. Just watch the first episode or two. If you don't think it's funny, I'm not going to question why. This is one you either love or just can't abide by.
Another great find by my husband! It's also another Super Pervy anime so brace yourself! MM! is about a freshman boy who discovered in Junior High that he is a SUPER MASOCHIST! The harder a pretty girl beats the living crap out of him, the more he gets off on it! He eventually comes to find the schools "Helping" club, whose goal is to help any students in need. He asks them to help cure him on his Super Masochism but in the end just make it worse! Not so much naked boobies & butts, but this anime just leaves me and the hubs in STITCHES!
6.) Panty & Stocking with Garter Belt
This show is about a crime fighting pair of angels and their preacher guardian. What's so great about that? Because Panty is a freakin' nympho, Stocking is a total glutton, and Garter Belt is...well, yeah. There is no real story line here, but this one is full of pervy, nasty, toilet humor. If you love that kind of juvenile humor (and I do), this is worth watching a few episodes of.
7.) Crayon Shin Chan
OMG. I just...damn. Like Herbert the Pervert on "Family Guy", you hate to love this show. These are the misadventures of 5 year old Shin. The animation is crap yet adds to the REALLY off humor of the show. How do I compare thee? This way; It's the Japanese "South Park" except the kid in question is IN PRESCHOOL! If my now 6 year old had a mouth like this in preschool, I wouldn't be a mother any more. 'Nuff said.
8.) Sword Art Online
Now, this is probably the tames of the listings here as far as adult content, but it does involve violence that translates into mortal deaths. SAO goes into this virtual MMORPG of the same name. Kirito and an abundance of other players log-in to the game only to be told they can never log out until the game is completed. Is that all? Of course it isn't. If anyone tries to log-out or if anyone outside of the game tries to remove their Virtual Gear manually, the player dies in real life. If you die in the game, you also die in real life. Because of this and the heavy nature of some of the episodes, I cannot recommend this anime to minors. Teens, yes, but not children. Regardless, this is another great show for a date night.
9.) Is This A Zombie?
Do you love Zombies? Do you Love Magical Girls? Do you love Vampire Ninja's & Necromancers too? Even if you're not, this anime is worth watching at least the first 3 episodes! Ayumu is brutally murdered then brought back to life by a cute little Necromancer in armor. Too bad she can't talk! So if his life isn't twacked out enough by that, he accidentally absorbs the powers of a Magical Pretty Girl...AND TAKES ON HER ABILITIES AND COSTUME (Stripped panties, flouncy dress, pretty white bonnet and all baby)! And when both invite themselves to live with him, let's just throw a Vampire Ninja Assassin into the group who also takes residence of her own accord! Just description alone made me watch the show, but watch for yourself. If only for the episode where Ayumu has to undergo his very first transformation sequence!
"Oh no..oh no...here it comes..."
10.) Baka and Test
My husband isn't as big a fan of this one as I am, but this is probably my most favorite anime of all time. Definitely can't watch this in front of kids because of all the references to boob size. This anime takes place in a high school which is testing out a new curriculum where students obtain and utilize chibi-sized avatars and hold class fights in place of formal grading. The class in question is the dumbest class in their grade; Class 2-F. Each class is sorted by entry grade levels, smartest kids in class A and so forth down to class F. From here, you see the exploits of Akihisa Yoshi (the main character) and his mates strategies their battles, function as friends outside of class, and relentlessly hit on Kinoshita Hidiyoshi (who has to continuously remind them that he's a guy.) I don't know how anyone not find this anime funny because I die each time I watch it. It may not sound like much from here, but just watch a couple of episodes. It's fantastic!
...and there it is! There are other great anime to watch with your adult loved one. If you have a recommendation not on this list, please share in the comments below or on the Knerd Mom facebook page along with a brief description of what it's about. Just no actual Hentai/Pornographic anime like "La Blue Girl" or anything. Soft Porn is one thing (Ecchi) but straight Hentai/Porn (meaning there is full on penetration, fellatio, cunnilingus, finger play, etc..) is right out. We're talking Date Night, NOT Sexy Time! That's a post for a whole other day!
October 31, 2014
Pedo-Bear wanted me to say on his behalf:
HAPPY HALLOWEEN AND LET YOUR CHILDREN ROAM UNATTENDED! and REMEMBER KIDS, IT'S OKAY TO TALK TO STRANGE BEARS DRESSED AS FRIENDLY GROWN-UPS! THEY HAVE THE BEST CANDY!
Then I remembered that I have a six year old and kicked Pedo-Bear square in the nuts because he's a bad bad bear. So, let me revise the above statement...
HAPPY HALLOWEEN KNERD PARENTS AND NERDISTS A LIKE! IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, REMEMBER TO KEEP THEM IN SIGHT AT ALL TIMES WHILE TRICK-OR-TREATING and if you can't be present for them MAKE SURE THEY ARE WITH A RELIABLE GROWN-UP OR EXTRA RELIABLE OLDER TEEN! and as always: IT'S NOT OKAY TO TALK TO STRANGE ANYBODY, EVEN IF THEY CLAIM TO HAVE THE BEST CANDY!
Now that my obligatory PSA is out of the way, I hope all of you have a great Halloween!
This year, I let Luke pick-out his costume for the first time. When he first told me he wanted to be a Kitty, I was skeptical. I figured "He's just saying whatever he's watching about on TV." The next week, I asked and he said "I want to be a kitty." Seriously? So I said "Are you sure?" then he finally adds "Yeah. I want to be a Green Kitty." Oookay. Now it sounds a little more like the weirdo I've come to raise. "Yeah, a Green Kitty, huh." Then he finishes flawlessly with "Yeah, I want to be a Green Zombie Kitty!" THERE'S MY BOY! I have to say, I worried there for a second!
Well, we waited until the mid-month payday to figure out what we were doing for the kid's costume but sadly, we didn't have enough left over after rent to get this done. Then I got creative. My lucky stars aligned and sure enough, Ravelry just happened to have a free pattern for a Cat Ear Hat! Also, I lucked out again when I found a multi-toned green yarn in my stash! So to work on the hat I went. I even had enough afterward to make a tail that slides over his belt and hand from behind!
Let me just say, this kid is STOKED about his hat and tail! I even found a cheap eyeliner pencil (less than $1) so we can draw a kitty nose & stitches on Twerpus' face! So now I need to go coordinate an outfit and track down this kid's belt so he can get his Cat Zombie swagger on tonight!
It's going to be a fun night!
October 10, 2014
|Majestic as F*ck|
I first learned about the Jackalope when I was just a little kid in the 1980's. My Dad's mom, Ol' Noreen, had a bust in her kitchen of said animal. I swear to Bob I thought it was a real thing! I never questioned the validity of this masterpiece, I just went right to the assumption this was something she had seen, done, and hung on her wall like a prized buck. It was probably the single best item in her house she owned, as far as I cared. One day, I asked Gramma what this rabbit was called. That was when she told me about Jackalopes.
According to Wikipedia, Jackalopes were the creative genius of a taxidermist in the 1930's because he thought "Hey, how many people would buy a stuffed rabbit with horns on it's head?!" It turned out that a lot of people bought it. Hell, I'm sure the second he put this beautiful creation out, people lined up around the block saying:
The great depression era was terrifying time with little interest in not much else.
As far as stories of about the Jackalope mythology, here are a few Wikipedia have suggested:
The jackalope has led to many outlandish (and largely tongue-in-cheek) claims as to the creature's habits. It is given the pseudo-taxonomic descriptor Lepus temperamentalus. It is said to be a hybrid of the pygmy-deer and a species of "killer rabbit". Reportedly, jackalopes are extremely shy unless approached. Legend also has it that female jackalopes can be milked - as they sleep belly up - and that the milk can be used for a variety of medicinal purposes. One of the few ways a Jackalope can be caught is by leaving out a bottle of whiskey, as it is the jackalope's sustenance of choice. It has also been said that the jackalope can convincingly imitate any sound, including the human voice. It uses this ability to elude pursuers, chiefly by using phrases such as "There he goes! That way!" During days of the Old West, when cowboys gathered by the campfires singing at night, jackalopes could often be heard mimicking their voices. Legend has it that they are dangerous if approached. It has also been said that jackalopes will only breed during winter electrical storms,
In hindsight, I do regret not asking for the Jackalope head after Gramma passed away. I do write this post in memory of her and her epic life & stories. She would have been 93 this week. Rest in Peace Gramma Noreen. I love you and miss you!
September 14, 2014
I want to apologize to you, my faithful readers for all the depressing posts about depression. Though a necessary discussion it was for the time, I am LONG over due for a good and proper post about all things parenty and nerdy! With that, I give you...
(and why you need to teach this to your kids!)
Gamer Eetiquette simply put, is also known as "How not to be a total douche gamer".
Before I start in on the rules, here is some simple parental common sense; Monkey See, Monkey Do. Are you fully aware of the kind of gamer you are? There are all sorts of gamers in this world and it's okay if your brand of gaming is a little louder and mouthier than most. Another important thing we need to teach our children is to never be afraid to be yourself. Aside from that, it's pretty much inevitable that if you're a gamer nerd (like myself), then your kids most likely will be gamer nerds as well. This applies just as much to Table-Top Gamers & LARPers so EVERYONE pay attention!
Without further ado, GAMER ETIQUETTE
1. IT'S JUST A GAME! This is THE golden rule of gaming in any form. Just because the game gets hard, frustrating or even if life keeps you from being able to find time to play...it's just a game. It doesn't rate that high on your list of priorities.
2. IF PLAYING WITH NOOBS, BE PATIENT WITH THEM. BETTER YET, TEACH THEM THE GAME AND THEY WILL IMPROVE EVEN FASTER! Think of it this way, you are the master; they are padawans. Teach them the ways of the force.
3. UNLESS THEY ARE SOMEONE YOU KNOW WELL, PLAY NICE AND MIND WHAT YOU SAY! You want to get reported? That's how you get reported. As a woman gamer I can tell you know that if I was playing online with a guy or two and one of them asked me to go back into the kitchen and make them a sandwich, I would have no problem pulling a total bitch move and sniping them from the top of a tall building. Just saying.
4. DON'T BE POOR SPORT. SEE RULE #1 FOR REASON
5. SET YOURSELF A TIME LIMIT OR A REASONABLE BLOCK OF TIME FOR GAMING. Life has to come first. Bills have to get paid. Homework has to be done. Chores must be completed. If you have ever had to get the latest game and then complain about how you can't pay the rent on time if not at all this month, then maybe you need to reconsider your priorities.
6. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PLAYING THE GAME, DON'T JUST LEAVE IT OUT FOR PIECES TO GET LOST, DISCS TO GET SCRATCHED, OR IN THE MACHINE TO GET ETCHED TO HELL AND GONE. PUT IT AWAY!
7. ALWAYS SAVE YOUR GAME! IF THE POWER GOES OUT BEFORE YOUR NEXT SAVE, DON'T PANIC! TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND CHANT RULE #1.
8. THE GM, DM, ST, ETC... DOESN'T HAVE A VINDETTA AGAINST YOU. S/HE HAS A VINDETTA AGAINST EVERYONE!
9. NEW VERSION OF A GAME? DON'T BE A DICK TO YOUR STORE CLERK. ALWAYS RESERVE A COPY AND PAY IN ADVANCE.
10. IT'S JUST A GAME! Yes, I posted this twice. This rule is the Alpha & Omega of Gaming Etiquette.
I'm sure there are other rules but these ones more or less apply to all styles of gaming, or so I tried. I would like to emphasis how important this is to teach rules like this to your budding gamer(s).
Do you have unspoken rules of gaming you need to express? Share them below in the comments or comment on my Facebook Page!