When I moved back to the states from Germany in 2005, I often found myself alone. Since I love horror movies, every Friday a new horror movie released, I would go to a matinee by myself. I grew to love that alone time at the theatre watching all manner of horror movies.
Horror has an unusually high proportion of crappy entries, but I always enjoy watching them (well, I suppose not always, but the vast majority of the time). Since I went solo to the theatre, I never had to worry if anyone else wasn’t enjoying the film at hand.
It was great.
One of those Fridays, I saw Stay Alive; a horror movie about a video game where if you die in the game, you die in reality.
Let’s be real here: the movie isn’t great. It’s not even a great representation of gamers or gamer culture. It did get a faux Game Informer cover, though, and that’s pretty neat:
As a huge admirer of Game Informer, I find this crossover to be delightful. I also enjoy the faux game case:
I’m going to admit something right now: I put this movie on in the background often. More often than one might think. I don’t believe it’s an exaggeration to say I put it on once every few weeks.
That’s a lot of celluloid cheese.
Maybe it’s because I love horror movies and horror games and this combines the two. Maybe it’s because I wish I had friends locally who played games together (though, with online gaming, that point is mostly moot), or who wanted to gather to watch one of the others play. Maybe it’s because the game Stay Alive looks neat and I definitely would have played it were it an actual release.
Maybe it’s because of my favorite line in the movie:
Do I look like an assh*ole? Yes, I have the hyper blaster.
Whatever it is, I love it. It’s not even a guilty pleasure, as I’d have to feel shame or guilt for watching it so many times.
I do not experience those things about Stay Alive.
I think it comes back to the camaraderie of the characters (and Phineas in particular, who I find amusing), and wishing I had that in reality. I know it seems odd that I’d think such a thing about a horror movie, and a not terribly good one at that, yet I do.
I love the social aspect of gaming. I love looking online and seeing what everyone is, and has been, playing. I love Game Informer’s Weekend Warrior feature where people talk about what their video game plans are for the weekend. It’s why I often ask you wonderful people who come here and read my words what you will be playing that week or weekend.
I love games, I love people, and I love when people enjoy games. The whole process delights me.
Also, I have Stay Alive on in the background as I write this. It only seemed fitting.
I will never make apologies for how much I love this endearingly ridiculous movie.
With that I ask: what will you be playing this weekend? Do tell!
I will be diving back in to the DLC for Dark Souls 3 (I think), playing through more of Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and I’m hoping to play Hellblade. If Hellblade doesn’t happen, I’d like to make a solid push on Wolfenstein: The New Order. So many games, so little weekend.
I’d also like to say thank you to each of you who comes here and supports my writing by reading it. It means the world to me. Thank you, truly.
Cheers, friends! May all your gaming be glorious!