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TV and Me

I mentioned once before that my mom is the one who got me so into watching TV. We haven’t always been big TV watchers. TV has changed a lot in the last 15 years, gaining more popularity as time passed. Growing up, my dad watched more TV, but he has always been into Discovery/History channel shows. My mom has always been a reader, reading usually a book a week. And me, I was a total tomboy.

I was lucky enough to grow up in a neighborhood of kids my age, mostly boys, and in a time where playing outside from sunup to sundown normal. I spent my days playing kickball learning how to skateboard with the boys. My dad got me into playing video games at an early age; we had a Super Nintendo and would often play Super Mario and other games. I never really cared for anything on TV besides the occasional cartoon, but I’ve always loved to tell stories; writing became an interest at a young age. I used to make up stories and poems, and I loved to perform for my parents.

In 2004, when Lost first premiered, I had zero interest in watching it. My mom told me there was a new show starting about a plane crash on an island that looked really good and she wanted me to watch it with her. I declined, and she threatened to ground me if I didn’t watch it with her (she was half-joking…she wasn’t that mean). So I ended up watching it, and I got super into it. Even after that though, I still didn’t watch much else. I tried to get into a few others at the time, Fringe and Heroes, but I had a hard time committing to watching them weekly and fell behind. Lost was the only thing that kept my interest.

Fast forward to the last few years…my mom has watched basically every popular show on air from the start: Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Dexter, etc. I still didn’t watch anything, because I spent all of my time with my friends. After all of my closest friends joined the military and moved away, I had a lot more free time (not to say they were my only friends, but I spent every day with them prior to them leaving). Netflix had become increasingly popular with streaming TV shows, so I started to catch up on all of these shows that my mom and the whole internet was going crazy over.

Now, as you all know, I watch a lot of TV. Some people might see this as being lazy or me having too much free time, but that isn’t true. I’m not just sitting around watching TV all day. I go to school full-time and work almost 30 hours a week. I do other things besides watch TV: I love to go hiking and spend time outdoors, I go to the movies with my friends, and I play video games. I spend a lot of time on the internet, and I even read from time to time. TV isn’t my only interest, but it is a big part of me. The writing that goes into today’s shows is incredible; the stories being told are enthralling and the characters are so real, you actually care about them. It’s fun to get lost in another world. For some people, reading is their way of doing that. For others, it’s movies. For me, it’s TV.

Walkers are Everywhere

Since The Walking Dead is on tonight, I thought I’d talk about something TWD related that doesn’t have to do with the show for a change.

A lot of times, when video game companies come out with games based on movies or TV, they don’t do very well. For example, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. I’ve never played it, and I don’t really want to based on what I have read/seen.

While this TWD related game didn’t do well, The Walking Dead Game by Telltale Games has been incredibly successful. If you’re a fan of the show, you will probably really like this game. Even if you’ve never read or watched The Walking Dead, the game is great on its own. It has its own characters and its own storyline.

If you’re unfamiliar, this game is episodic. It’s split into “seasons” and “episodes”, much like a TV show. There are currently 2 seasons, each with 5 episodes. A third is currently being developed. The Walking Dead Game has received global acclaim, receiving over 80 Game of the Year and other awards.

The great thing about this game is that it focuses more on telling a good story rather than having a lot of action. In an interview with Game Informer, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman talks about what interested him in making the game with Telltale Games: “They came to me with a proposal that involved decision-making and consequences rather than ammunition gathering or jumping over things; I was impressed by that.”

I have to mention it get’s really emotional. You have to make split-second decisions that determine who lives and dies. The last episode of the first season had me in tears. I’m not going to spoil anything; just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, or even if you’re not, give The Walking Dead Game a play. It’s a really great story, and a really great game. I still have one episode left of the second season. I don’t want to play it because I know I’m going to have a hard time waiting for season 3, and I know I’m probably going to cry!

Counting Sheep

I’m falling asleep as I type this.

I haven’t been posting as much recently, but I promise there’s a good reason. There have been a lot of (positive) changes at my place of work, and I have been working a lot more than usual. I mean, I went from 14 hours/wk to 38 hours/wk. A lot of hours plus being a full-time student doesn’t leave me a lot of time for other things.

I have still been watching my shows, but not when they air. I’ve been relying a lot on my DVR because I can’t even stay awake to catch the primetime shows (except Sons of Anarchy…I will always stay up for Sons of Anarchy). My point being, by the time I get around to watching something, it is days past the air date so discussion is long over. I’m still reading other blogs and keeping up with everything. Once things settle down at work, I will try to post regularly again.

I’m going to bed now.

Mom

It’s always nice to have someone to watch TV with. For years, watching TV has been bonding time for me and my mom. It all started back in 2004, when Lost first premiered. My mom told me she would ground me if I didn’t watch it with her, and so it began…

Now, we watch almost every show together. Sometimes we’ll start one on our own and get the other into it. Sometimes there is a show we don’t both like, so we go solo on it. But for the most part, every show I watch, I share with my mom.