We’ve all heard our share of First World Problems, ranging from “my internet isn’t fast enough” to “this iPhone isn’t tall enough” or “there’s no wifi here!” Most are ridiculous complaints about things that we simply take for granted every day. But this post is not about those. This is about the very real struggles that gamers go through every day… when they’re playing “other” games.
There are a lot of reasons to do it, but I can think of plenty not to too.
The main reason to do it: the pwnapple.
My iPhone 3GS is jailbroken because I need it to be. It’s locked to AT&T in the US and the only way I have to unlock it is to jailbreak it and install an app called Ultrasn0won it. And that’s fine, I don’t use the jailbreak to download paid apps for free (I don’t actually know how,…
They say that to become a better writer, you need to read a lot. Well I don’t have a lot of time to read because I’m too busy gaming, and since the advent of voice actors in video games there hasn’…
So I decided to start a new blog. And here it is. I give you: GAMERSWIFT. All video games, all the time. Except when it’s about other nerdy stuff. The main thing is it will never be depressing. Well, mostly never.
Again, it’s been a little while since I did an update here, and after today it might end up being a good deal longer before I update again. It’s hard to say. I’ve ended up with less and less to tal…
I’m not moving on, I’m… expanding my horizons. I think it’s time to write about something I love and am passionate about.
I feel like it’s been a while since I properly looked at how I’m really doing. And there’s a good reason for that – I’m not getting any better, not really. Hopefully, though, that’s about to change.
After several weeks of slowly cutting the dosage down, I am now currently two days off Citalopram. I think it’s too early to tell if it’s going to mess me up being finally off it or not, but we’ll…
Not sure why I felt the need to censor myself there in the title, but whatever. Fuck it.
Oh, that’s why.
You could argue that technically I’ve been poor pretty much my whole life. My parents were never exactly “rolling in it” when I was a kid, and even less so when they divorced. Mum was on the DPB (Domestic Purposes Benefit) for a while there, and working at the same time which meant she had…
It wasn’t necessarily by choice, and it wasn’t exactly easy, but I’ve done it. For the first time in just over four years, I just went seven days alcohol-free.
But I will never, ever wear this shirt.
I didn’t say anything about it before, here or on twitter, because one, like I said it wasn’t entirely by choice, and two, because I wasn’t sure if I’d make it. I’ve tried before to go more than a…
Incredible, beautiful and honest, and has an EXCELLENT soundtrack, by the way. I am glad I was up all night so that I didn’t accidentally not see this. Much love.
Last year was an incredibly difficult year. I’m the type of person that huddles up and shuts down when dealing with tough times and so I immersed myself in comics and music while trying to find answers. The books that resonated with me the most were Marbles, Anything That Loves, and basically everything Erika Moen has ever written. I listened exclusively to what I call, “Comfort Food Music”. Music that I’ve loved since I was a kid, but suddenly I rediscovered and found new meaning in the Ani Difranco songs I’d been listening to for 13 years.
When it finally came time to figure out how to tell to the people I love about what I was going through, a comic seemed like the only way I could do it. I could be honest and open without having the stress of talking to people face to face. It gave me a much needed creative outlet, something positive to pour all of my emotions into when nothing else could hold my interest. I put more of me into this project than anything I have ever created.
Sharing this story, publicly, was at the top of my list of New Years Resolutions. After the work of others gave me a new perspective, a sense of understanding, and belonging, I just wanted to be able to give something back. I hope that someone else who is lost will find this comic and that it helps them move one step closer to finding out who they are. You’re not alone.
I am lucky. I am lucky to have the support of my family. I am fortunate to have a fantastic group of friends that I can truly say I love like brothers and sisters. Without their continued love and support, I would never have been brave enough to share this with all of you.
It’s never too late to be honest with yourself.
<3 Erika Greco
Special Thanks to Amy T. Falcone for being my rock along the way, pushing me to finish this comic every time I wanted to quit, and for 5am breakfast at The 5 Point Cafe.
Music played such a large role in the creation of these pages so I included a soundtrack.
(Inspired by the way Chynna Clugston scored her Blue Monday comics.)
All songs by Ani Difranco — YouTube Playlist
- 32 Flavors
- My I.Q.
- Talk to Me Now
- Out of Habit
- Rock Paper Scissors
- Falling is Like This
- Two Little Girls
- You Had Time
- I’m No Heroine
- School Night
- In or Out
- Little Plastic Castle