July 22, 2004: Uber GooberI just got back from the Alamo Drafthouse, an institution which used to be unique to Austin but is now spreading . . . which is good. The basic formula is "Show quirky films and serve people dinner while they watch." Great formula.
I was there to give a brief introductory talk to Steve Metze's new film about gamers, Uber Goober. Since I had not seen the film, my talk consisted of (a) determining that the audience was mostly gamers or, at the very least, people who game, and (b) pointing out that we had emerged from our days of persecution, and now ruled the world, but we were STILL GEEKS. Then I (c) sat down so they could watch the film.
Now here's the funny part. This film was made in Austin. Steve M. and his crew drove over large parts of the civilized world, not to mention Lake Geneva, to interview various gaming personalities. But he never interviewed me; I'm not in the film. He asked me, during the Q&A session afterwards, if I remembered why. All I could recall was some vagueness about scheduling. He said that yes, that was one way to describe it. And then he reminded me and I remembered exactly.
When he first contacted me about the film, the description didn't sound exciting. It sounded deadly dull. And I told him so. Because I don't have time to get involved with all the cool stuff that comes by me, let alone fool with the boring stuff, and this didn't sound like a good use of HIS time, let alone mine. And I was up front with him about that.
So apparently he printed out that letter and kept it around, just to give him something to be mad about when his energy was flagging . . .
So he finished the film. And I got to see it, and I laughed in most of the right places, and on the whole:
Whoa. Help me down from this soapbox. Point of this rather long entry: I'm glad this film got made and I'm glad I got to see it. Hit the Uber Goober site if you want to know more. Yes, he sells the DVDs online.
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