Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A siren song I'm choosing to ignore

On the weekend I spent some time playing videogames with friends, specifically games 1 and 2 of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, as well as Call of Duty: World at War – for the zombie level – and then some old-school Halo: Combat Evolved, the game that we used to play regularly six or seven years ago.

Each of the friends involved owns an X-Box 360, and all expressed the opinion that I, too, should get one so I could join them in their online sessions.

Because, as it is, I don't own an X-Box; nor do I own a Wii or a Playstation. And I don't intend for that to ever change. But it's not because I wouldn't enjoy having one (or even all) – quite the opposite; I enjoy video games, so it's something I'd no doubt get hours of fun out of – and therein lies the problem.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A theatrical discussion

Sorry about the title. I couldn't come up with anything better.

Anyway, a recent back-and-forth following a comment on a Facebook group set up for people involved in the Adelaide theatre scene has revealed some very strong feelings about several issues, with one of the most significant being the divide between amateur and professional – amongst both performers/producers and critics.

Since I'm an occasional performers/producers and a regular critics it's a discussion I've been following with more than a little interest.