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Synthesis - Columns

From 2008 to 2015 I wrote a weekly column for Synthesis Weekly under the name Zooey Mae. What started as an outlet to review graphic novels and comic books evolved over the years to cover everything from pop culture to whatever menial event was happening in my life. Looking back, I think I spent much too much time regaling Chico with tales of my allergies. 

Denim Denim Denim

Originally published in Synthesis Weekly: April 2012

I’m not a gamer. I suspect this is something most people get into at a young age, although I could be wrong. Most people my age, who were a product of the 80’s, began with Nintendo. Then on to Super Nintendo, Sega, Nintendo 64, X-Box, the list continues. Being that I never really got my fill of Nintendo as a kid, I’ve never been able to move on from it. X-Box and Wii systems are altogether too complicated for me, and those first-person games give me a wicked case of motion sickness. I’d much rather be idly fitting blocks into place with Tetris or hearing that ominous yet comfortingly familiar song from level two of Super Mario Bros. I guess that means I’m stuck back in my adolescence and caries with it a whole heap of analytical-worthy things I could dive into but would rather not. (Understatement of the year really). The point is, to me gaming is like anything else in the nerd-verse. Like RPG’s (role playing games like Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, etc), gaming is something I have a respect for, but no drive to get involved with as it seems incredibly time consuming, and my time is currently being used up with obsessing over the new Game of Thrones season (holy balls!), and trying to shake off the Joe-vs-the-volcano style head cloud that’s been living in my skull for the last week resulting in extreme allergies and a desire to stay in bed all day every day. ANYWAY, the point I’m trying to get to (unsuccessfully), is that last week beloved old-school gaming company Sega laid off a large number of employees, while rumors of a shutdown of the entire company is underfoot. They hushed wailing masses of nerds long enough to reassure them that they will continue making their top four game franchises, (but nothing else). This will include Sonic, Aliens, Total War and Football Manager. This makes me sad, but I suppose it was a long time coming. Damn you Wii, you ruin everything!

Last night I watched the season two premiere of Game of Thrones, and it was amazeballs. Amazeballs, I say! The acting is still really on point, especially fan-favorite Peter Dinklage, who is just the greatest thing ever. The episode did a good job of reintroducing the characters and plot, which are heavy in numbers. Sansa does a good job of gleaning a little pity from the audience, which she’s never really done successfully, mostly on account of her being the WORST HUMAN EVER. I’m hoping the show is gearing up to really stick it to Joffrey the worst, as he is clearly worthy of an elaborate and painful demise. The one criticism I have is the poor CG effects of both the direwolf and the dragons. I loved the way all of Jamie’s attitude melted away the second the direwolf was brought into his pen. You could almost see him pissing his sister-loving pants. Grosstown. 

Arielle Mullen