Art, Life and Beer (A Post From One Week Ago)
January 21, 2007 § 4 Comments
I wrote this last week and meant to post it then… oops!
I think it’s blatantly obvious that art mimics life. I think what might be a little hard to see is that life mimics art, but that too is quite obvious once given some thought. The ebb and flow of these two things is pretty fucking cool.
While typing the above it hit me that what is considered art is also a somewhat limited. I believe when many people think about art, they stay in the realm of things like paintings, sculptures, music, movies, etc. In reality, art goes much deeper than these. A running back spinning and twisting and turning 40 yards into the end zone is a work of art. Really clean code (programming) is art. A well written book on economics can also be a piece of art. Art seeps into every facet of everyone’s day to day life.
Knowing this makes it easier to understand how life mimics art. Micheal Jordon, the Da Vinci of basketball, was (like Da Vinci) imitated by quite probably millions of people around the world. There was a time when I tried my hardest to pick up Jackie Chan’s acrobatic skills. And the Billionaire Donald trumpet even has his own TV show (that gets broadcasted here in Taiwan) so even I can enjoy the trials and tribulations of an apprentice.
And what do you get when you look apprentice up in the dictionary?
1 a : one bound by indenture to serve another for a prescribed period with a view to learning an art or trade b : one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art, or calling
2 : an inexperienced person : NOVICE
Not all arts are trades, but all trades are arts.
LIFE The Video Game
The ramblings above are all linked to a new game I’m playing, Oblivion. I bought this game when I bought my Xbox because of the high rating it received, but shortly after I sold it because I didn’t like it. Something inside of me has recently been telling me that it is a really good game and I just didn’t understand it. Last week I had an opportunity to purchase it used, so I scooped it up.
The interesting thing about this game is that you have TOTAL freedom in what you do, and there are probably thousands of things to do in the game. There’s the main story line, which is what I tried to follow the first time, but then there are TONS of side quests. On top of all this freedom is the ability to customize your character and choose an occupation. This just adds another layer of complexity to an already complicated game.
Well, all this freedom made it hard for me to focus. I just kind of ran around doing a bit of this, a dash of that and a taste of the other thing. Enjoying myself, but not really making any progress forward. After doing this sort of “aimless” gameplay for a bit, I noticed that I really liked thievery. I found myself spending almost all of my time breaking into houses and selling the goods. The character I chose wasn’t really good for thievery, so I decided to start a new game and choose to be a thief. Once I knew what I wanted to do in the game, it was really easy to progress forward. I did numerous missions and have gone up many levels.
This game pretty much directly reflected life. In the game, if I tried to be an archer, a magician, a thief and a knight all at the same time, I’d just end up sucking at all of them. But if I choose one trade (thief for me) and progress in that field, it’s really easy to move forward. It’s also easy to try other fields once you’ve established yourself in a main one already (because at that time you have more gold and items availible.)
Anyhoo, it’s a really cool game and the first I’ve played that has mimicked life this way (and done a good job of it.)
Three Cheers for Beer
In an "unfortunate" turn of events I ended up going out three times this week (last week 10th, 11th and 12th. ) Wednesday night I had free tickets to a dance club. Thursday night was the Forumosa Happy Hour.
And Friday was the ritual beer night with the homeboys. I noticed I was looking a little rought Friday morning (haven’t trimmed me beard in a while.) What do you think?
This is why I’ve been an “absentee” poster for a bit.