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Dress Code Gamer – Tech & gamer fashion clothes

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You can usually spot a gamer by the clothes that they wear, which is usually jeans and a t-shirt with their favorite game of choice on it, or a witty sci-fi reference of some sort. At least, that’s what the mainstream would have you think. We don’t all dress like that. In fact, a lot of gamers can have some pretty creative outfits to wear and we blend in just like everyone else.

Accessories have become a new way for gamers to express their love of the genre. Jewelry has become a popular way for gamers to express their fashion flair with Zelda Spiritual Stone rings, Steampunk cog necklaces and accessories, awesome Assassins Creed jackets…the list goes on.

There are some styles that can be a bit out there as well, such as dressing up like a superhero. I don’t mean wearing an Iron Man shirt and matching cap. You can now get T-shirts with capes attached for example.

Do gamers actually have a certain dress code though? It generally seems to be casual wear, the afore mentioned jeans and T-shirts with a hoodie thrown in. Clothing is usually black and shirts generally have what some would call geeky pop culture quotes. And don’t forget your slouch beanie!

I think a lot of it depends on what genre of games you like too. Some are influenced by a favorite character or game genre, like anime, and will dress accordingly. A lot of the styles worn now used to be considered geeky not too long ago. But geeky is the new black these days and I’m grateful for that because it means I don’t need to hide or buy a new wardrobe.

Gamer fashion has grown by leaps and bounds and has become part of the mainstream. We get to be as creative as we want these days and many of the fashions and accessories are really cool. I especially love the hoodies they are coming out with for WoW and Assassins Creed (which has that peaked hood).

What’s really interesting these days are the tech fashions coming out; glowing shirts with led lights, color changing clothes that are timed with the beat of the music you are listening to, and dresses that show your Tweets are just a few of the amazing things they are coming out with. I think where tech meats fashion, it’s all about functionality. Look at the new Google Glass for example. A wearable computer that can use voice commands to surf the web for you. Who knows how technology with infuse the gaming lifestyle with fashion in the future. I can guarantee it will be pretty interesting though.

There isn’t really a specific dress code for gamers to adapt to. Clothes are geared towards comfort and showcasing your favorite genre, game, or quotes. Add some of the fantastic accessories they have out there for gamers and you are set to go….gaming.

The Amazing Fireplace at the Arcade

A heritage building is very special to behold. It has historical value, appealing design features, and emotional associations having been around for so long. Most towns have one or two that are landmarks. In my area, there is one that is the location of one of my favorite game arcades. There are several, but this one has a special place in my heart. No other place is quite like it. It seems odd for a game venue, but in actuality is perfectly suited to the pursuit.

The façade is all brick with traditional classical accents like pediments and Greek columns. It is a feast for the eye. Here and there are flat pilasters with Corinthian capitals. It’s just the right amount of ornate detailing. The front door jambs are carved stone. It may be standard style as heritage goes, but it is unique in my neighborhood. These buildings are becoming rare as they are being replaced during gentrification of older urban areas. It is a shame and public outcry will have to save these lovely landmarks.

So, that being said, I love this arcade and go frequently. It has been restored inside for its new contemporary purpose. It was probably an office building of some type long ago, probably not a factory or warehouse. The walls are modern now and sleek. Lighting is designed for gamers like me. However, there is a surprise. A room off to one side of the main area has been left intact from the old days. It is a nice size and contains an amazing huge fireplace that had been modernised with a fireplace insert so that they could run it without interfering with the gaming machines. It is completely old world and the focal point for anyone who enters, intentionally or by accident. It could have been a library or meeting area. Now it houses special groups and parties upon request—not just for games. The fireplace adds so much warmth and atmosphere to a special occasion. It seems at odds with gaming, but really isn’t given the exterior style. Video games are now and the building is then; but it all works somehow.

What I like about the focal point fireplace is the placement in the room and the wonderful materials. It has a gorgeous carved wood mantle no doubt fashioned by a talented artisan with amazing skills. This kind of craftsmanship is rare these days. It is one of the Finest Fires I’ve ever seen! It has a rather simple brick construction with inlaid tile detailing—just beautiful to behold. Brass antique andirons grace one side. Granite completes the look in front of the hearth. I think most locals don’t realize the gem that exists at this particular arcade. With this blog, now you know!

In the winter, they light the fire using real logs—no gas. It is warm and cozy as a result, great on those rainy and/or cold days. I am thinking of renting the room for a birthday bash in the near future. I think my friends will be pleasantly surprised. It is a unique option and on the top of my to-do list. I am thinking about the guest list as I write.

The Trouble Faucet at the Local Arcade

When you are out for fun and social excitement at the local arcade, you don’t expect any surprises, like being completely showered with water (unless it’s pouring rain). It sounds harmless, but wait and see.

I have my favorite game place, my usual friends and sidekicks that go along (or not), and a regular routine when I get there. I go casual enough in simple clothes, hang out, play until I am thoroughly saturated, and go home. However, recently a few fellow gamers decided to go out after. This was pretty special as we don’t often indulge. Like I said, I have a routine.

I donned some better duds for the occasion. A great top over jeans is fancy in my book and I was proud of the look. So on it went and out I did go. The evening was uneventful at first. I know what to expect and get what I come for. You bump into people if it’s crowded, but no big deal. I was a little cautious about moving around and considered myself lucky by the end of the night that I had no spots or stains on the beloved blouse. I really made an effort to keep it pristine.

Yes, I had done a good job of dodging some rambunctious newbies. Some people get over excited and I get that. But I was wary nonetheless. So I decided to get ready to go, signaled my friends, and headed for the washroom to freshen up.

I waited my turn, went inside, turned on the light, and took a glance in the mirror. Everything looked fine. Then I looked down, saw dirty hands, and set out to do the washing task. It turns out their faucet in the bathroom was broken, so I had to go use their little staff kitchen area. For what was an otherwise very unassuming arcade, they had a really nice staff kitchen that was decked out with a really fancy faucet. I turned on the faucet gently, but whew! Water came spewing out in a gush. Panicking, I grabbed the knobs and twisted and turned them fiercely. After a short while, I did succeed and stepped back to take a breath. Inhale, exhale. I had survived the onslaught. Or so I thought. My top was soaked. The beautiful, delicate fabric was drenched. Didn’t respond well to the water. It wrinkles as it dried and left an obvious mark around the edges of the affected area. You can’t just hope for the best.

It was ruined. It had to go to the dry cleaners, and pronto if I wanted to ever wear it again. I was devastated. I love that blouse and wanted to look good—all night. I thought quietly for a moment, then grudgingly reached for my trusty backpack. I had an old tee inside that I keep for who knows why. It ain’t great but it would do. I put it on and thanked my lucky stars it was at least clean. I rolled up the top and stowed it away.

I ventured out to find my awaiting gang. They looked puzzled as I said, “don’t ask!” They did and I explained. “We love you whatever you are wearing,” they joined in together. “Let’s go.”

The Frogger High Score

In 1998, the Frogger episode aired on the popular Seinfeld hit series during the final season – here’s a brief highlight reel of the show. The shows seemed to be about nothing and yet everything was fair game. Any subject was good for a few laughs. In this memorable episode, the plot line featured George still with the historical high score on the old Frogger video machine at Mario’s (the local pizza parlor hangout soon to be closed). He has had over 860,000 points since High School. This was a big moment for him and he must do something to preserve the game for posterity when the old stomping ground becomes defunct. Maybe it is a symbol of some kind of past success amid present failure. Munching his last slice of pizza in Mario’s with the gang, he thinks about buying it and taking it home, but it can’t be unplugged or it will shut down. What to do? He has been preparing for this moment his entire life, he says.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Kramer to the rescue. He knows a man named “Slippery Pete” who can help coordinate the movement of the Frogger machine from its long-time home to its final resting place. He suggests stealing a battery. Shortly thereafter, George finds the man playing the game on battery power with only three minutes remaining – something that definitely wouldn’t have happened if they had decided to use a small generator like this rather than some kind of battery powered system. Tension. Suspense. The game’s memory must be remain intact or all is lost.

Another power source must be found. There it is across the street at the pharmacy, and the machine must be transported at all costs. Traffic is dense and the scene cleverly mimics the arcade game itself with the zany cartoon frogs battling vehicles in the road. The curb is a stumbling block for George, however, who insists on doing the job alone; and all seems futile. It turns out to be true when a Freightliner smashes the cabinet into bits and pieces as Jerry mutters, “game over.” Anguish. It is a comedy of errors and as funny as any vaudeville skit. Jason Alexander allegedly performed his own stunts and had to nimbly jump out of the way of the approaching truck and then the airborne wreckage. He said it was a close call. It all adds to the legend in retrospect.

The Frogger was an actual arcade game inaugurated in 1981 in which players directed the amphibians to safety and their eventual lily pad homes. It is still played today and now has nostalgia value. It is simple, like many of the games during the golden age. The frogs only had to navigate rivers, roads, and assorted hazards. A joystick manipulated the moves. Simple was also George’s solution. But alas, it didn’t work. Of note is the useful battery/generator that was supposed to keep the Frogger game alive. The moral is clear. Have one handy in case the power goes out during an earth-moving game. Carry it to an arcade, your friends’ homes, or any possible venue. You won’t lose your record wins like George. A sorry ending for a well-intentioned plan.