In response to "Silver Screen Button Mashing" from The Escapist Forum: As the lone gamer in my group of friends at college, whenever I talk about gaming I usually get blank stares and jokes about me being crazy. And then they discuss whatever was on TV. It's been my experience that most avid TV viewers are seldom gamers and vice versa, so it's a lot easier to make jokes about gamers rather than for gamers. More people can relate to laughing about their friend who plays video games because they just don't care about gaming.
On topic of the article, I must say that I CANNOT stand the very concept of Big Bang Theory. Maybe it is because I go to RIT and know plenty of other geeks and nerds that aren't the pocket-protector-buck-toothed-snorting-awkward-virgin stereotype, which is what the main characters of the show all are. I much prefer Spaced because Simon Pegg himself is an avid geek and gamer, and the shows and films he works on with Edgar Wright and co. shows it. I also enjoyed Chuck, because, even though they'll get some details wrong, for the most part you can tell geeks are behind it. More to the point, while the main characters are all clearly geeks, they aren't an outdated stereotype that plays us all out as being pathetic losers who can't interact with "normal people".
I also think Reign Over Me should have a special note here, as one of the film's writers or producers (can't recall which) wanted to make sure that the scenes where Adam Sandler's character was gaming were accurate. They used Shadow of the Colossus to create a metaphor for Sandler's character and what he was going through, so in one way it was being used artistically. Also, in the scene where Sandler is showing Don Cheadle's character how to play, they didn't have a script. Sandler had played the game a bit, so they basically just recorded the two playing and talking about the game as themselves. They even show a trailer where Sandler is like "now you wanna stab it in the wing", and they show that exact boss from the game.
This is what needs to be done, instead of, say, Free Willy 3, where the kid is playing Star Fox on the SNES, fighting the boss at the end of the first level, and when he is told to shut off the game he says "but I'm almost at ten thousand points, mom!". Anyone that grew up in the 90's knows that isn't how games worked anymore.
....as for what I was doing watching Free Willy 3, well, sometimes you get bored and put the TV on anything.
In response to "Dungeons & Dragons Owns the Future" from The Escapist Forum: Clever comparison with Athenian tragedy. I think there's a huge, unexplored territory lying just a bit further out, too: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides composed what they composed, and gave birth not just to drama but also more or less to literature, because writing and reading were just barely coming in as a public thing at the time they were working, and the incredible advances offered by the new technology of writing just blew away the seemingly modest potential of oral composition.
To grasp what I think is the true ancient parallel (cf. http://livingepic.blogspot.com), you need to go back to Homeric epic, with its improvisatory character.
So perhaps it's actually Gary and Dave who finally brought oral tradition back to us!