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“It’s hard not to be romantic about…”

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This post is a result of Valentine’s Day being only a few days away, an obsession with baseball (and my third viewing of Best Picture nominee Moneyball over the last few weeks), and being constantly surrounded by an abundance of tech talk, info, and facts on a daily basis.

“It’s hard not to be romantic about baseball.” These were the words from Brad Pitt, acting as Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane that got me thinking…

While I can wholeheartedly identify with the statement, “being romantic” about something can really apply to any situation where any person has an undying interest in an activity, hobby, pastime, or amusement. For instance, “it’s hard not to be romantic about music,” or “it’s hard not to be romantic about video games.”  If you have a passion for listening to or playing music, or playing and even learning how to create video games, you would probably agree.

And for good reason.  With music, the combination of instruments and lyrics is endless, allowing one to appreciate that feeling that comes about when a perfect song blares over the airwaves.  Likewise, video games can be dreamed up and created about anything imaginable – including a world where a pudgy plumber can find love with the Princess of the Mushroom Kingdom (in the spirit of Cupid’s day), or something as simple as a yellow circle buzzing around a maze eating pellets and avoiding ghosts.

If something is worth enjoying then it most definitely has a “romantic” side to it – or at least some aspect where we get so engrossed in learning about and consuming it that it becomes an extension of our being.  Once that happens, why not fully pursue that activity?  Do what you can to turn a love for playing video games into a working knowledge of how to create your own game, or transform any other personal interest into a potential career and maybe even more.

  • Fin

    Hi, I’m just a thirteen year old and is going to sign up for the id tech camp this summer 2012. I’m interested in making games. I would like to make games like taking care of your virtual pet or something like that. (and I can take home a copy… Hopefully?) Problem is, I don’t know which category I should choose. I don’t like 3D RPGs but I do like simpering RPGs maybe something like pokemon. Can anybody direct me which category I can choose please? (remember, I prefer a virtual pet or pokemon RPG kind of game and I’m 13) Thanks!!! :)

  • Fin

    Oops i meant simple RPGs not simpering. thank you

  • Fin

    PS I’m going to attend at UC irvine