Facebook Files: What Kind Of Hobbyist Are You?


Welcome to Facebook Files, where we talk about nerdy things. Here’s a rundown of how things work: Every week, we look through our Facebook group for the best community discussions. The ones that stand out are published on Siliconera as part of this feature every weekend. If your topic isn’t chosen one week, don’t lose heart…it might get picked up the next!

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This week’s discussion revolves around our hobbies. Some of us are into videogames and not much else. Others are nerdier, and also indulge in collecting comics and action figures. Some of us even like to do normal things like reading books (not related to games!) and cook. Tim decided to find out what his fellow Siliconerites were into.


Tim wrote:

So I want to know what everyone is into, and what kind of games your into as well.


For games, I’m into almost everything, I play mostly everything that comes out of Japan to here, and quite a bit of FPS. All the triple A titles in NA I usually pick up, not saying I play them all but I’m part collector, and if its hyped right, I’m usually on that ride. RPGs are my fave though, but way too time consuming. I’m way into anime, manga (North American versions of manga collection 1000+) and figure collecting, pretty much anything to do with the anime culture of Japan really.


Music is pretty much for everyone, I don’t consider it a hobby of mine, but anyways, I listen to J-musics only :P


Another hobby of mine is cooking. I plan to make traveling around the world a hobby of mine when I’m rich too…


Anton wrote:

I’m mostly an RPG type of gamer. Majority of my collection consists of JRPG’s. But there is bit of variety in there.


As far as other hobbies, I’m way into music. It’s been my passion since I was little. I play guitar and drums, and was teaching myself piano at one point. However, I mostly just enjoy listening to music. Rock, pop, indie, hip-hop, jrock, metal, electronica, punk, ska, jazz, old-school country, whatever!


Mind you, I only listen to good music. It’s weird to say that, but I’m sure other music fans out there know what’s good and what’s not. I own hundreds of albums, be it on cassette, CD, or vinyl. My favorite band is dredg. If you’ve never heard of them, check them out.


Stephen wrote:

Also into anime, but I’m a big fan of just a select number of series. It’s rare that I watch a new series, but I do every now and then if I find it interesting enough. I don’t usually bother watching most of what’s out there though. As for manga, I’m not really a fan but I certainly don’t dislike it.


Outside of games/anime, I’m a huge classical music fan. So much that I would dedicate my life to a career in it, but I’m not sure if I can as I’m 19 and don’t play any instruments. I should seriously start though, as it could lead somewhere if I put enough dedication into it.


Mattias wrote:

I don’t know if you can call this a hobby but I’m a composer by trade. I’ve scored a few indie games and I’m studying to become a full-time composer both in electronic and traditional "classical" music. I’ve taken classes in Musicology and Film Music and I love to casually analyze music in most context. I’m an especially big fan of Igor Stravinsky and american minimalism like Steve Reich and Philip Glass.


I’m also part of OverClocked ReMix, both on staff and as an artist. I’ve got numerous remixers up under the handle "Another Soundscape" and I have credits in Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. I even collect retail VGM releases. I’m basically a HUGE video game music nutter in every way imaginable.


So, how nerdy or non-nerdy are you? Fire away in the comments; we’d love to know. Me? I tend to have games on my mind 70% of the time, but I do like cooking (or trying to, at the very least) and reading. I used to scanlate once upon a time as well. Recently, I’ve been getting back into manga and anime after taking a break from both for a while. I even watched TV for the first time in a year the other day! (It was The Shawshank Redemption)

Ishaan Sahdev
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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.