Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Geeks pour one out for their homie

I saw on the news that Gary Gygax died yesterday. If you don't know who that is, it's probably because you were getting laid in high school. Gary Gygax is the guy who created Dungeons and Dragons. You see, before the internets were created, there was no such thing as World of Warcraft and movies like Harry Potter. Special effects were so rudimetary that film studios had to rely on cheap gimmicks like plots, story lines and full frontal nudity in order to get you to buy tickets to their movies. If you had nothing to do on a Saturday night and wanted to pretend that you were some wizard or warrior, instead of jumping on your computer you had to use your imagination (and some Dungeons and Dragons Rulebooks). I can't stress how big the death of Gygax is to geeks. It's like their Gandhi died.

I stopped playing Dungeons and Dragons when I was a sophomore in High School (right around the time I saw my first vagina). But I was surprised to read that Gygax still played Dungeons and Dragons weekly until his death. I guess some people have things that they never grow out of.



Speaking of things you never grow out of. I discovered Anime when I was 7 years old. I used to rush home from school to watch StarBlazers (and so that my brother wouldn't kick my ass in the school yard). My friend who works in the Japanese Embassy invited me to a private reception tonight with sushi and lots of japanese art, including Anime. There will even be some stuff by Takashi Murakami and Shigero Mizuki. Eat your heart out Geeks!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

He was only 69? I thought D&D had been around for a lot longer than that.

Anonymous said...

Geek much?

Anonymous said...

Where do they get the professional opera singers to produce these intros?
-Twoste

Capitol Hill 20210 said...

Interesting, I didn't picture at the D&D type.

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Anonymous said...

You were quoted in the Express today! Congratulations!

You can call me, 'Sir' said...

There was no cartoon as impressive as Voltron. None. Ever. Drawn by anime-ists, if I'm not mistaken.

HomeImprovementNinja said...

Anonymous: well, maybe you just feel old?

Anonymous: from the guy reading blogs about geeks?

Anonymous: Back then cartoons had class!

Capitol Hill 20210: we've all got our dark li'l secrets.

Aonymous : thanks. I'll pick up a copy at lunch.

You can call me, 'Sir': Voltron was great, but not as good as the original a decade before. Phoenix Five!!!

zandria said...

I bet the sushi served at a private Japanese embassy party would be SUPERB...yummmmmmmyyy...

HomeImprovementNinja said...

zandria: Yes, it was! And there was sake too!

SAILOR MOON said...

tHATS CRAZY,,,not that the guy died but that you admitted to playing that stuff. The kids in my highschool who were into that got beat up daily after school by other D&D members.... real bullies wouldnt mess with them because of the whole Colombine thing...and there was like a whole clique of them.
It was near creepy...

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Casey said...

You would surprised how many stocky farm kids you'll see living their 12-sided die lives on warships. The guy's influence is not measurable.

HomeImprovementNinja said...

SAILOR MOON: well I don't STILL play it!

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Casey: agreed!