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Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006, 12:31 am

Due to a surprising text this morning and a quick phone exchange shortly afterwards I'm going to be on Newstalk 106 (for non irish - one of the bigger, biggest?, city radio stations) this morning (thursday) at about eleven talking about computer gaming, online gaming and possibly gaming in general. If I can manage it I suppose I'll slip in a plug for Gaelcon.

Wed, Oct. 25th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)

A plug for Gaelcon would be much appreciated!

Wed, Oct. 25th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)

Oh - they're national now, btw, not just dublin anymore :-)

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)

Oh good, 'cos I was only having a panic attack last night thinking "Holy christ, what the hell am I doing going on a city wide station yakking on about gaming?" and now I can upgrade it to terror wondering what I'm doing talking about gaming to the entire nation. Mercifully it'll be daytime radio so I won't be sermonising to the morning or evening commute.

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC)

Oooh congrats. Radio fame is the new television fame - well done you.
As for terror; try picturing everyone in their underwear.

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)

I should totally call myself an "expert" for future reference. I bet that'd get me on telly.

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)

I want to freakin' hear it. Make it happen!

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 07:40 am (UTC)

http://www.newstalk.ie seems to have the option of listening to it online. I will be one of several people on the show so if you're hoping for an entire morning of my dulcet tones then you're going to be disappointed.

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 08:25 am (UTC)

Who interviews ya?

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)

Brenda Power I think, no idea who it is, I don't get to listen to the radio at all.

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 09:34 am (UTC)

In internet parlance, she's a n00b. She only got the timeslot, now called, "Your Call", or something like that, a few weeks ago. Before that it was Declan McCarthy doing 'city edition'. The difference, aside from she's only really settling into this radio slot herself, seems to be that it's a Joe-Duffy-like show driven by what the 'public' call in and witter about.

So to be honest, I think you should gird yourself for misconceptions and wild rumors put to you by people who are more irate & rude than normal because you can't see them. I.E., think a big livejournal community :) However, it is much more likely that the demographic is a bit younger & more cosmopolatin than those Talking to Joe.

Good luck. I'll be listening.

By the way, I think we passed one another yesterday or the day before in Temple Bar (or perhaps Trinity).

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 09:36 am (UTC)

Honestly, that sounds easier to deal with. Time restricted radio is not a good forum to get through the minutae of a well constructed point. It'll be a lot easier to deconstruct mad generalisations.

I doubt that was me, I don't think I've been in town all week. I have many doppelgangers though.

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)

Get ready for some sort of right wing looney to attack you about violence in gaming, GTA, Bully, computer games responsible for obesity, computer games responsible for pretty much all of the problems of the youth of today, computer games responsible for the holocaust....

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 08:48 am (UTC)

One of the advantages of being a complete and total nerd is the standard five point merit "retain utterly pointless and trivial information" granting me a +10 circumstance bonus to being able to refute plainly idiotic talking points by having the facts. I'm sure they'll raise the addictiveness of WoW and the health issues associated and while I agree in very very vague terms (WoW is certainly addictive) I'll be sure to make the point that any ill health one suffers as a result of playing games is that person's fault.

I've been arguing against those viewpoints for years now, I certainly hope someone DOES try to bring them up because it'll make for an easy debate.

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)

But that's like saying someone who's a heroin junkie..." Well it's their own fault!". You don't come accross as very sympathetic to people with any kind of addictive personality disorders. Society has a duty to protect people from addictive pursuits that can damage the balance of a healthy lifestyle.

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)

Actually I have a lot of sympathy for drug addicts and anyone with a chemical dependency (might not come over that way but I do) but there's a world of difference between heroin and whatever endorphins are released while playing WoW. At the end of the day though you have to take responsibility for your own actions and as addictive as WoW might be (having elements of pokemon, lotteries and guaranteed rewards following a fixed grind) it is still the player's decision to keep playing instead of getting some sun/exercise/food. They're not going to suffer explosive stomach cramps, hallucinations and intestinal disorders if they stop playing.

Option B is that I blame the game and absolve the player of responsibility for whatever negative effects the addiction has on their life and I don't believe that for an instant. If I get the chance though I do hope to hit on the social addictiveness of the whole thing.

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)

Rule 1: Do *not* expect the journalist to know what they're talking about, except in the most cursory of ways. WoW has only been "news" for a year and a bit... the journalists will still probably be talking about GTA...

Rule 2: See rule 1.

Corollary to Rule 1: Because of this rule and the "necessity" to have differing PoV, they will have an "expert" for you to argue with.

Option 2: They won't; instead you'll get slagged for being a geek.

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 09:16 am (UTC)

Oh no doubt on any of those counts. I've boiled that down to
a) GTA is no worse than most 18 cert movies, probably better on account of the less graphic nature of the violence
b) Hot coffee (because that'll never ever go away) - anyone with a connection that can download that stupid joke has a connection capable of letting them see high quality real life versions of what is depicted there.

All this said, they'll probably get one soundbyte from me and hang up :)

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 09:35 am (UTC)

Will I call in & talk about how GTA has made my driving worse?

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 09:37 am (UTC)

That would certainly serve to help one of my "games make you do X" counterpoints :)
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Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)

Part of me just wants to go on, spout rhetoric that has massive, easily exposed flaws, swear like a sailor and threaten anyone who questions my opinions :)

Oh, and call them fukin n00bs
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Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 09:34 am (UTC)

No, I figured that being rational and intelligent and portraying the hobby in a sympathetic light would work better. I've not played much XBox live or used teamspeak all that much so I'm hoping that the insane "tourettes" sufferers are a minority

We should be there saturday, probably not sunday on account of partying that night. I never make it on sunday anyway so this shouldn't come as a shock :)

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 10:13 am (UTC)

She's just previewed the bit Glen's bound to be asked to speak about -- "computer addiction" (re: games, and a clinic for it reportedly set up in Amsterdam). I'll bet that wasn't the message given to Glen.

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 10:15 am (UTC)

Awesome! thats complete garbage!

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)

Oh gosh darn it! I was so busy ranting on somebody else's LJ I didn't see your post and missed the whole dang thing. Blast-o-roony.

Ah well, it probably wouldn't have done my blood pressure any good. After being an avid listener to Newstalk for a while I now *DETEST* it, and will avoid listening to it at all costs. Apart from George Hook (and even he slipped into it a lot) it's full of opinionated, over-blown, ignorant, short-sighted pinko arse-wipes just like me, and the shouting and swearing in the car whilst listening to it was doing me no good whatsoever.

...I'd have made an exception for you though... :)

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)

Actually, I suspect I was being the overblown and opinionated one but it was along the lines of "God almighty, you people will call *anything* addictive". I don't think I'll be invited back.

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)

ahaha. Sorry I missed that.. You didn't talk to a Niamh did you?

Thu, Oct. 26th, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)

Not that I recall. Two blokes and the presenter Brenda. I think a woman texted in saying that her husband was addicted or something but that was about it.

Wed, Nov. 1st, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)

Saw this entirely too late to listen in :-(