Everyone has that one safe wee space to retreat into. Be it a go-to book, game, film or TV show. It’s always there when you feel you need it, and you always get that familiar feeling of comfort from it. It’s just familiar and nice to dive into it and switch off from the world. For me, it’s wrestling. I can watch it any day, in any mood, and just get lost in it for a while.
It’s an industry that has branched into so many different flavours now, that the old adage there’s something for everyone really does rings true. There’s the mainstream WWE, which merges serious athleticism, comedy, drama and star power into its own unique product (male soap opera is a term the company has thrown around a lot in the past). I’d imagine that nearly every wrestling fan got their first fix of the squared circle from WWE/WWF.
Now though, you can tumble down the wrestling rabbit hole via YouTube and find a fantastic amount of different interpretations of the ‘sport’. From the serious to the surreal, I find myself dipping into parts of every kind – I’m like a kid in a sweet shop, except they’re serving up suplexes rather than sugar. I’m going to be writing about some of my favourite companies and feuds (sometimes just a little bit, other times I’ll write a lot), first up is Japan’s premier promotion: New Japan Pro Wrestling.
I’ve really fallen out of the habit of writing and it annoys me. It annoys me because I have ideas during the day, and come the evening when I sit down to write, nothing happens. I just stick on Netflix and melt into the sofa. I used to do this stuff for a living.
When I worked in newspapers I wrote every day. All day at the paper itself, then back home and on here to write up videogame or comic book stuff (because writing for a magazine/website was where I wanted to end up). It’s amazing what you can do when your career depends on it, I guess. I don’t have the necessity of writing since I left journalism for PR, but the need to create something still gnaws away at me.
Which is why I’m going to make a real effort to batter out some stuff and try and get used to writing again – for my own sanity. Reading some old articles like this interview with Judge Dredd creator John Wagner reminded me that I am capable, and shouldn’t be worried about others looking down on my content (an anxiety that has stopped me before). I’ll be looking to get some stuff out on videogames, wrestling and comic books soon.
The penultimate Christmas Memories post goes to Alan Williamson, who discusses why Christmas Nights is held so dearly to his festive heart.
These next two pieces from Kirk McKeand and Chris Spann both discuss the relationship between father and son. I was really moved as I read them, and it made me think a lot about what I think time of year is all about. I recommend you find somewhere quiet and contemplative to give them a read.
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This second batch of Christmas memories are like a wee slice of home for me, as they all come from Scotland. Members of Gamewank, BitSocket, and Twitter pal Kami Toman all get involved to reminisce about Super Mario, a 90s iBook game, Metroid and the Simpsons Hit and Run.
A couple of weeks back I was thinking of writing up a little post to share some of my Christmas memories involving videogames. At the same time I thought it would be cool to hear other people’s Christmas videogame memories too, so I asked them to contribute. They were given no parameters except being asked to share a memory or what springs to mind when they think about Chistmas and videogames.
There’s a good mix of people from devs to journalists and even some other industry types too. I’ll be sharing these on the blog every day this week. In this first batch Nicoll Hunt and Becca Roberts share their fave Christmas game. While James Spafford shares a few Christmas gaming memories, starting with a ZX Spectrum from Santa back in 1986.
Seems I’m on a bit of a roll! Had a blast playing this one. An incredible atmosphere created from a combination of charming visuals and cracking use of sound. It’s amazing how much has been squeezed into its tiny 50mb file size.
Definitely worth picking up.
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