This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get

Games and Gaming, Gaming Culture

“Do you hate children, stav?” folks have been known to ask me, all quizzical-like, expecting me to demur, because come on, what kind of monster could hate children?

I tend to respond, as Mickey Rourke did, playing Charles Bukowski in the underappreciated 1987 movie Barfly, when asked about people in general: “I don’t hate children, I just feel better when they’re not around.”

But the truth is, at least in the limited time I have available for playing video games on my computer machine, that I actually do hate children and I wish they would just go away. With one small addendum: the children that raise my ire range in age, I suspect, from maybe 13 to, say, 33. So technically, I guess, they’re not children at all, except in one important way: like all humans with underdeveloped emotional intelligence, they can be complete assholes.

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Charity Achievement: Unlocked

Features, Games and Gaming, News

I built Levels Of Detail last year to be the public face of Mefight Club, the semi-private gaming community I started together with a bunch of other Metafilter members more than three years ago.

Mefight Club and this weblog have both succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. We have a stable of great writers and, er, talkers here at the blog, and the community over at the forum continues to grow as more grown-up gamers who cherish playing with friends hear about it, from Metafilter itself or through friends. Our ethos has always explicitly been to value fun, kindness, generosity and the occasional drink or three.

But today, well, today we outdid ourselves.

A few weeks back, one of our members thought that it might be a nice idea for the Christmas (and other non-denominational wintertime) holidays to get together a group donation to Child’s Play Charity.

Child’s Play’s mission is to collect donations for toys, games, books and cash for sick kids in children’s hospitals across North America and the world, and we thought that that sounded like a pretty damn fine idea.

Today, we donated $4155 to Child’s Play. That is, in the most literal sense of the word, awesome.

To everyone from Mefight Club who contributed: you folks are freakin’ heroes. I am honoured to be able to shoot, stab, blow up and otherwise commit mayhem on you in all the games we play together.

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