2020, A Year of Old Things

I have already noted several times – usually when I write about video games – that our culture has a fetish for the new.

More than ever, I see it for the cultural and capitalist conditioning that it is – we are encouraged to speak about and to be excited by new things, because new things are, as a rule, more expensive.

And make no mistake, I am pro-capitalism. I just don’t like to feel manipulated.

This year, I decided to do an experiment: no new video games, no new books.

If I buy books or video games in 2020, it will be those that were published in previous years. (Or, in the case of video games, remakes of classics that I already know are important to me.)

My theory has always been that the best art is timeless. That the game or book that is five years old, if it was good then, it will be good today too. And after all, to me, it will be like new.

Fan of videogames and books that I am, will I be able to maintain this strategy? I don’t know. Let’s find out!

Painting: “Banquet of Syphax” by Alessandro Allori

Small Differences

The difference between a good writer and a mediocre writer can be as simple as having a notebook in the bathroom.

As a matter of fact, I just discovered that there are notepads and waterproof pencils to have in the shower – I simply must have one!

The best ideas come in moments of peace and tranquility.

The great mistake of many is to think that they will remember them later.

Because ideas are not like films or photographs, which are recorded in their respective media. Our brain is not a roll of film.

Ideas are like clouds passing over the sky that is our mind.

If we don’t capture them in a physical medium, we may never see another one quite the same again.

Does Anyone Remember Forums?

I hold great affection for the old internet “forum.”

It was on Sapo’s (one of the first Portuguese ISPs) forums (specifically, on the “GameOver” gaming subforum) that I interacted with other people online for the first time.

It was in this forum that I first wrote about video games – the activity that came to define my personal and professional life.

A shared space, a community, can change a life. It changed mine.

But today, I don’t know about equivalent spaces. The modern alternatives – Reddit, Facebook, Twitter – all seem to move very fast, to be overcrowded.

The old forums felt like virtual living rooms, where you would drink a cup of coffee and talk to a group of people with common interests. Social networks…. Despite being that much more linked to our personal identity, they manage to feel much less intimate.

Are there any “forum-like” experiences out there still?

Painting: “View of the Forum Looking Towards The Capitol” by Giovanni Paolo Pannini

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