Gamerboy’s birthday was yesterday, but so was Thanksgiving. So he got his cake, presents, and friends yesterday, and his official blog post today.
At 16, Gamerboy is taller than DJ, and absolutely dwarfs me. Not one for social niceties, he can be brusque; but on the other hand, he will still snuggle close to me while we’re doing school together. We’ve learned a lot this year about talking things out and understanding how to handle big emotional moments.
He and Bookgirl have a cordial relationship most of the time. He and Sparkler (after years of almost constant bickering) have hit a point where they enjoy the same nonsensical, almost surreal, humor. Since both are energized by funny social interaction, the two of them are very loud together in the evenings. Gamerboy and Ranger are still navigating their big age gap, but they share a love and aptitude for games—they just saved up their money together to buy a Nintendo Switch—which is a good foundation for a couple of brothers.
Interview with Gamerboy Jones on his 16th Birthday
Thanks for joining us, Gamerboy. Let’s talk about you, while you fiddle with a little jar of toothpicks and destroy at least three of them in the process.
Q: What are your current interests?
A: T-posing, Discord, pigs, video games
“T-posing” is a current internet teenage thing where they yell “T-POSE!” and then stand with their arms straight out. It’s funny, so I am reliably informed. “Discord” is a video/voice chat platform where all the kids hang out because Facebook is for old people.
Q: Any romances?
A: I have no idea if I am capable of romance, so no.
Q: Tell me about your gaming.
A: I like Darkest Dungeon, a turn-based RPG where you defeat monsters, get loot, and hope your characters don’t die. You have to deal with your party’s mental health as well as physical health. It’s hard. I like turn-based single-player games better than online multiplayer games.
I also like Pirate 101, Slay the Spire, and Binding of Isaac.
Q: If somebody googles any of these, will it freak them out?
I just got a Nintendo Switch and I have Let’s Go Eevee and Darkest Dungeon on it, and I’m getting Kirby Star Allies.
Q: What are some favorite books/genres?
A: I like short stories anthologies, particularly sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery. I find short stories to be more interesting than full books.
Q: What is a game you hated?
A: In general, I don’t like racing games. I find them to be very, very boring. Pretty much any game with a vehicle, or any vehicle in a game, I find boring.
Q: Any ambitions in life?
A: To be a functioning adult in society and to do something in the world probably to do with games.
Q: Anywhere you’d like to travel?
A: No. Thanks for asking.
Q: Why are you fond of pigs?
A: From Minecraft, kind of. Baby pigs are very cute. And mini-pigs do not exist; “teacup pigs” are just baby pot-bellied pigs, but breeders say they’re miniature pigs and all of a sudden they’re huge grown-up pigs that walk around and crompch* stuff. Kind of like me.
*Crompch is the internet way of saying crunch, which means eat.
Q: What is one of your earliest memories?
A: When I got a Little People’s castle set with a toy green dragon, when I was 4.
Q: Where do you like to spend your time?
A: In my room, with like 15 electronics. Or in the living room, on the computer. Basically, inside the house.
Q: Any thoughts on turning 16?
A: The passage of time scares me. I want to stay a little boy who doesn’t have to worry about taxes, and rent, and money, and having to fend for myself.
Q: Any positives?
A: I’ll get to drive, I guess that’s cool. I get smarter hopefully. And can make games someday.
Gamerboy is a complex bundle of humor, anxiety, passion, and obliviousness. He’s shown great strides in maturity and empathy over the last year, and nobody is funnier, louder, or more nonsensical than him.
Happy birthday, Gamerboy! We love you!
He picked out a Pokemon plushie for his siblings to buy for him, but then gave it to me and said he wanted it wrapped anyway. I hate wrapping gifts, and this seemed supremely unnecessary. But I wrapped it up and gave it to him…
… and lo, it had evolved into a yellow Birthday Bear Care Bear! It was a great moment.
(Then I gave him the Pokemon, which I had wrapped as well.)