Gaming.

There’s this strange thing that happens with video games and sports. The more you play a video game, the more interested you become in the sport behind it.

It began with playing FIFA for me. FIFA is a football video game published by EA Sports. The real football don’t @ me.

I played quite a few games and once I got the basic controls in the game down (shoot, pass, lob etc), I started noticing subtler things like position, strategy of attack, player and team formations, passing ability, shoot percentages etc etc. I still haven’t learned all of it but I just realised the depth of the game. Just like the depth of the sport.

I think that fascinates me. Every game/match I play there’s something different going on. It’s remarkable how playable the game is. Every attempt at a game is an opportunity to do something new and different OR get better at what you were doing in the first place.

There’s another game we play just as much. Life. Resources, strategy, planning, compromise, bets and opposition are all elements in it. I wish to explore this gaming thread about what video games can teach you about Life without devolving it into a listicle.

I would love to know about your experiences.

Writing

I used to blog a lot. I used to blog quite decently too. It wasn’t till my brother shared this old post of mine with me that I realized a truth that Fred Wilson, aka the AVC, shared.

I started this blog for one reason – to blog. I had no preconceived notion of what that meant. I had no idea what that meant and I had no idea who or what my audience would be. So for two and a half years I have written a blog that was aimed at various times and various places

Fred Wilson

For years I have not been writing because the expectations were too much. Being around people who undermine you and ridicule you constantly but don’t praise any of the good you do added to that. Till I read that and realised that it’s not about pleasing the audience. It’s about creating something you have a unique talent and a singular voice in.

The eventual goal of all this blogging is to get this feeling.

I feel incomplete until I write something. Often it’s hardly worth hitting the “save” button. Sometimes it’s good. Once in a while it’s great. But it’s a routine and one I cherish. – AVC

I haven’t found a rhythm or pattern or daily schedule to stick to but I plan to do that today. This newsletter business seems to have caught on and everyone’s doing one. It takes years but eventually you need to be in tune with the medium you like and enjoy the most. That medium to me, right now, is writing.

Hi, I’m Karthick.

Artist Trung Voung's rendition of me.

Years before I had karthickgopal.com. I had it set up and registered with a guy who did coding. Big mistake. It was a hard lesson on why you shouldn’t outsource your identity and writing to someone else. I used to be big on Facebook with a lot of reach and content before going AWOL. I never picked up on Twitter even though I actively use it. But I have come to realize that algorithms, while great for reach, cannot replace your personal taste and preferences. They also cannot help you think better. It’s easy resharing memes and hitting that RT button. But it doesn’t make you better.

Writing does. Having an opinion and presenting that to the world can be achieved in many ways. The one that’s intuitive to me is writing. This is the remembrance of muscle memory. It is the re-discovery of what I thought was a creative endeavor that I could achieve without needing to spend years learning how.

But it is an attempt to learn creative curation. I don’t know what that means yet, just that I like the sound of it.

This space is an attempt at that. Expression without the Damocles sword of public opinion. Areas of current interest are video games, movies, psychology, and technology. Sprinkled with marketing and design that I do for a living.

I resurrected this idea of a blog on my mother’s birthday the 17th of December. I hope to see you in a year’s time with more friends.

Welcome to my blog.