01 August 2015

Introducing Geekamory!


It wasn’t until about age 25 that I ever really considered myself a geek. Oh, I’d been engulfed in many geeky pursuits for many years prior to then, but I never lay claim to being a geek until I realized how much I was one already. The greater part of that acceptance came via the Internet, by meeting others online who were very much like me, and very much unlike me. Many hours were spent chatting with fellow geeks in countless AOL chat rooms, then in MMORPGs, and then in the world of social media, up to the current day. Being a geek about all the things I love to geek about, and sharing those things with other geeks, has been and continues to be a major part of my life.


Which brings me to Geekamory. In the time I’ve been entrenched within G+, I’ve met numerous other geeks that, to me at least, seem to be cut from a distinctly different cloth than those I’ve met in other social media. So it is here where I spend the day online, sharing geeky posts and commenting on the same, both due to my work, and in no small part due to burgeoning and firmly established friendships. Geekamory is my idea and creation for widening the scope and reach of those relationships in a more public setting, outside of my own Circles and Collections.


Here in the first new days and weeks of Geekamory, the main topics of conversation will be focused on video games, one of my best and favorite things to get geeky with. Click on the Collections tab to see the dozen categories already set up, and feel free to follow and subscribe to the ones that interest you. As (hopefully) the Geekamory community grows, we’ll be adding more geeky Collections as the want and need for them arises.


Geekamory aims to be more than a usual G+ Page or official Community; our goal is to be an improvement to those. To that aim, and in addition to normal geek conversation, Geekamory will publish and post video game news, original Youtube videos, and our own video game reviews. We also have multiple ideas being discussed in the staff room on how to use the full power of G+ to get and keep geeks talking, and also be interactive with the staff and the site.


The co-creator and official manager of Geekamory is none other than the outstanding Joanne Edison-Brown, aka Chiclet. In the short few weeks we’ve been connecting here in G+, she’s shown herself to be an avid and adept gamer, intelligent in a myriad of geeky fields, and quite the writer and conversationist. To say she’s merely helped me create Geekamory would be a dishonorable understatement. Make her your new friend. I think you’ll be glad for it. As long as you don’t insult Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Just don’t.

So, I bid you welcome to Geekamory! Kick your shoes off, pick out a comfortable fluffy pillow on the floor, grab your favorite beverage, and tell us about what you love. Let your geek flag fly!




15 July 2015

Jimmersion: My Video Game Philosophy


When Dungeons & Dragons introduced me to the art of roleplaying in 1980, I knew my gaming life (lives) would never be the same. Just about everything with that game meshed fluidly with my personality, and I became enthralled with it. The immersion factor was so much greater than books and movies. And, unlike books and movies, here was a form of entertainment that would never replay the same way twice.

Video games were also coming more into their own around this time, and I was already deeply in love with them. So as they became more interactive, I kept interacting, eagerly allowing them to flow with and through my imagination with each quarter, console, and computer I could play them with.

Over my many years of video gaming, I have developed a personal style of gaming, astutely summarized in the word ‘immersion’. My play style was recently analyzed and insightfully reported back to me when I came upon The Quantic Lab gamer survey project and its Gamer Motivation Profile survey. Here is a piece of that report that scientifically declared what I already knew:

Gaming Style for Jim Moreno: Calm, Strategic, Relaxed, Independent, and Deeply Immersed

The Immersion Components (83%)
Gamers with high Immersion scores want games with interesting narratives, settings, and customization options so they can be deeply immersed in the alternate worlds created by games. Gamers with low Immersion scores are more grounded in the gameplay mechanics and care less about the narrative experiences that games offer.

Fantasy (93%): Gamers who score high on Fantasy want their gaming experiences to allow them to become someone else, somewhere else. They enjoy the sense of being immersed in an alter ego in a believable alternate world, and enjoy exploring a game world just for the sake of exploring it. These gamers enjoy games like Skyrim, Fallout, and Mass Effect for their fully imagined alternate settings.

Story (72%): Gamers who score high on Story want games with elaborate campaign storylines and a cast of multidimensional characters with interesting back-stories and personalities. They take the time to delve into the back-stories of characters in games like Dragon Age and Mass Effect, and enjoy the elaborate and thoughtful narratives in games like The Last of Us and BioShock. Gamers who score low on Story tend to find dialogue and quest descriptions to be distracting and skip through them if possible.
Customization (65%): Gamers who score high on this component want to actively express their individuality in the game worlds they find themselves in. In games like Mass Effect, they put a lot of time and effort in the character creation process. In city-building games or space strategy games, they take the time to customize exactly how their city or spaceships look. To this end, they prefer games that provide the tools and assets necessary to make this possible and easy to do.

(You can read my entire Gamer Motivation Profile at http://bit.ly/1Muy5ij.)

So, when it comes to my Twitch and Youtube channels, for the most part, this is what viewers can expect to see - Jimmersion, my deep immersion in video games. My objectives are to relay to viewers 1) the game, 2) the character(s), and 3) the fun I’m having playing them.

To that end, I don’t busy up the screen with intruding overlays or various icons. I keep my vocal non-game related chat to a minimum, and very often don’t speak at all. Many games already have voices for the character, and that’s what should be heard, along with the overall game sounds themselves. I don’t do speed runs, power leveling, stat maxing, or any other cookie cutter crap. All that stuff just gets in the way of immersion, or is counter to it, and not at all how I game.

If you also enjoy being immersed in your video games, then you may also enjoy seeing how I do it. You’re invited and welcomed to check my video game channels, whether you are an immersion gamer or not. I bet we’ll find something we have in common.


13 May 2015

Dream Interpretation: CBS

Yet another example of just how strange my dreams are.

One of last night's was about a female partner and I watching a documentary about the history of CBS. 


Yes, the TV channel. So, exactly why is this strange?


  1. I don't know the history of CBS. At least, not that I'm consciously aware of. I've not even watched that channel is years, and my TV has been off since the last episode of The Walking Dead.
  2. I don't have any female partners, and haven't in many years. I don't even have any female friends, nor anyone, female or male, in my personal life who I'd call a friend.
So, it's gonna take some serious processing and investigation to figure out what my subconscious is trying to tell me with this dream. 

Dream Moods has an entry for television, but it doesn't fit. I wasn't watching a TV, or a TV show, nor was I playing a role in a TV show. We were watching the documentary at a movie theater, I think. The entries for movie and movie theater also do not fit with what I was fully experiencing and feeling. The documentary entry, while a good one, doesn't fit either. Maybe it's the eye? Nope again. 

Here's to hoping the answer will come to me, or reveal itself. This one has me puzzled.  

18 April 2015

Dream Interpretation: Balloons


When we dream of balloons it usually has one or more meaning.  Balloons can represent your love life or hopes and dreams.  If you so happen to be holding on to a bunch of balloons means that you are very proud of your achievements.

To see balloons in your dream indicate declining hopes and disappointments in your search for love.

To dream of a balloon represents a situation that gives you a cause to celebrate or rejoice. Uplifting of your spirit or enjoying a lack of restrictions. Acknowledging or noticing that something good has happened. Feeling good about noticing yourself getting what you wanted. Enjoying yourself realizing a goal or getting what you feel you deserve. Liking compliance or co-operation you are getting after not having it. 

Alternatively, balloons may represent relief you feel that a problem has gone away. 

To dream of a helium balloon represents situations that give you a cause to celebrate or rejoice all on their own. Automatic compliance or self-governance that feels good to notice happening. Liking yourself effortlessly getting what you want or feel you deserve. Feeling good noticing a problem going away on its own or failing itself. Enjoying full compliance or co-operation after not having it.