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beyond the Kuiper Belt, over the sea

Internet Celebrity

June 21st, 2010 by Kit

The internet is a weirdly wonderful place sometimes.

I was playing TF2 last night, and first off, I ended up playing with some of my internet idols: Lore Sjöberg and Mark Rosenfelder. I knew I was playing with Lore—both recognizing his voice and having his steam username. But when I was playing as a medic and healing someone with the username Zompist, I knew it was Rosenfelder, and was excited.

And the internet makes that kind of contact easy—we were all there to play a game together. I just happened to wander into the right place. It’s not like there was much meaningful communication, as we were mostly focused on the game, but that’s almost the point. It was casual.

Later, with different people, there was another weird and awesome moment. In an arena game, it had gotten down to a Sniper and a Heavy. Without words, they faced each other and the Heavy swapped to melee. So did the Sniper. And they duked it out hand-to-hand. The Heavy even gave the Sniper his Sandvich.

OK, that paragraph won’t mean much to you unless you know TF2. But it was cool.

On another note, I’m increasingly thinking about grad school and what I’ll do there. I’m quite excited. I have an apartment, I have friends, I have research questions. The latest notion to pop into my head is that twin languages are really interesting. We’ll see if I keep at that, but it serves as a good reminder for me of all the strange little corners of human language that don’t get enough attention.

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  • Ben N

    Oooh, TF2… is the one part of the Orange Box that I’ve never quite gotten to work satisfactorially under CrossOver, which is disappointing because it looks like a really cool game. Knowing that people I know are playing is some incentive to give it another try, especially now that a native Mac version is in the works. Not that what I really need now is an excuse to play more video games…

  • Ben N

    Did my last comment get swallowed?

    I never quite got TF2 to work under CrossOver, which is sad, because it looks like a lot of fun. Knowing that friends of mine are playing it is a great incentive to give it another try, especially now that a native Mac version is out. Now to get SWIL’s online gaming faction hooked on Galcon (It’s like Diplomacy, but fast-paced and short. And in SPACE!).

    Not that I really need more excuses to play video games right now.

    BTW, I have no special affection for Verizon as a corporation, but this is why I love FiOS: I’m downloading the Mac versions of HL2, HL2Ep1, HL2Ep2, and TF2, and they’re coming in at approximately 1MB/s each.