Grammar Blog: Week 10: What is Gaming?


I am a Las Vegas native. I was born and raised here. It turns out I also play an unhealthy amount of video games.

So I say the following as a Las Vegas person who also plays video games: I’ve always considered “gaming” a reference to video games. Gambling refers to a system, it could be a game, wherein one bets a certain amount of something in the hopes of winning more of that something. Probably something of a tangible value like money.

As an example: A game of blackjack for the sake of playing blackjack is an example of gaming.

A game of Starcraft II played for a bet is an example of gambling.

Gambling can involve games of all sorts, but gaming can be associated with games that are normally correlated with gambling.

Although there are video games with various gambling mini-games in them, such as Final Fantasy XII-2. I would consider those to be gambling simulators since no real money is actually won or lost, just in-game currency that cannot be paid for with real money.

So one could use gaming to gamble, but one typically gambles through the system of a game.

So take it from a native: Although I consider gaming to refer to video games, there are plenty that use gaming to refer to gambling.

Why are words weird?


GRAMMAR BLOG: WEEK 3. Correctness is in the Eye of the Beholder.


Full disclosure: I never played the game listed above. I just thought it was a cool title. Super Nintendo covers had a certain charm to them which isn’t really replicated anymore. That’s my subjective opinion that’s mainly based on five-year-old me’s perception of things and I’m sticking with it, because if there’s ever an answer for artistic subjectivity, it lies in the mind of five-year-old me.

I have no idea if I know what I’m talking about. So in a sense, grammar and artistic critique are very much the same for me. I just know it feels right when I see it.

But of course, correctness is varied in different contexts.

Let’s take a look at one.


Like I need to talk about more video games.

Formal: Overwatch is the greatest game Blizzard has released in the past five years.

Informal: Guys, Overwatch is the best thing Blizz has come out with, in like, a decade.

Slang (probably used in game): gud one blizz.

The formal one is the most accurate in its description because it leaves very little to open interpretation.

The informal one has information and has pauses in conversation that one is likely to hear. It also has an approximation of certain information, but it is not certain.

The slang sentence is one a player is likely to read in-game from another player quickly typing on a keyboard. It uses three words as opposed to the formal sentence that used thirteen.

Each sentence is correct in their own respective context, so when I mean “Correctness is in the Eye of the Beholder,” I mean “Correctness is applicable in varying circumstances and is up to the collective whole to decide the proper usage… in the Eye of the Beholder.”

But really guys, play more video games, it can’t hurt.

Pop Up Part 3: How I Learned to Pop Up: The Re Popening.


Alternate Title Thoughts: Pop Up E3. Popping Straight Up : How I Learned to Write Like an Old White Dude From the Forties. Pop Up (Pun Intended…WITH A VENGEANCE).

Writing is hard.


Okay. Sports writing is also hard.

In the articles I usually read, statistical analysis is at forefront and story narrative is at the back burner at best. I usually find that articles which¬†are simply about providing a more “human” narrative are often lacking in any kind of interesting or varied information. Playing the game the “right way” means a sports writer is complaining about how baseball isn’t played like it was in the old days. The wrong way being players showing emotion after a tremendous play or a close victory. In my experience, human narratives like those usually involve those right way and wrong way cliches, and I have little time or patience for reading about a writing yelling at kids to get off his proverbial baseball diamond shaped lawn.

But anyway, I suppose I should stop criticizing and start learning.

While baseball writing trends toward the romantic, that does not mean it’s useless. There are times when it can be poignant. There are fascinating human interest stories that actually do humanize their subject matter. Such as this one about Cuban baseball player Yasiel Puig. Yes that was a total shout out because, yes, as mentioned before I’m a Dodgers Fan.

I am emotional about the game when I’m watching it. Just because I embrace logic and statistical analysis for player evaluations, does not mean I am immune to the emotional turbulence of watching my favorite team play. It involves screaming profanities and clapping really hard. In fact, during playoff time, I am reduced to an imitation of myself that only knows “fuck,””shit,” or one of my favorites “fucking bullshit.” It’s really a treat if you have always wanted to see me lose my shit on an inning by inning basis.



Oh where was I?

Yes, baseball writing.

Well anyway, I know that emotional appeals using baseball and its players as the subject makes it easier to manipulate the audience. That’s why sports writers write the way they do. While I prefer to read something like this, and not something like this. The latter can include intriguing and thought provoking narratives, such as the Yasiel Puig article.

I also learned by reading other blog posts that there are other pieces writing too. For one, I found Tara’s post on game writing by Bioware’s lead writer, David Gaider, to be fascinating as I’ve always been interested to see how actual games are written. Especially by one of my favorite video game RPG (Role Playing Game. I do speak a little alien from time to time too, I guess.) companies. It’s a field I have always been interested in and to see how different it is from the other more conventional types of writing was really an enlightening read.

I also must thank whoever thought of this moment and whoever put this in. An amazing moment.

What can I say? I learned from myself and all of you. So thanks me and thank you too. I can only hope I was as informative as I was bloggy (Just wait for the urbandictionary entry).