Welcome (belatedly) back to GGAL!
Wow, its really been a while huh. So first let me apologise for my absence, I know the wait must have been unbearable. If I were you I would have given up on this blog out of protest, or at the very least only read the posts when they come into my email so that the blogger doesn’t get any views (this is what my roommate does and he’s such an ass).
Any who, if you are wondering where I’ve been, the answer is nowhere. I’ve been here as usual except I have been swamped with deadlines! Essays galore! And not even the kind that you can B.S. in an evening with a six pack of red bulls, though I may have helped out their share price with frequent, ahem, flying (hehe). No, I was doing some really heavy stuff, including an accounting paper which has definitely killed my love for Monopoly. And in the midst of all my suffering I came to a bit of an existential crisis (I mean what student honestly hasn’t). But while me contemplating changing my name and moving to Argentina was unlikely to have helped me finish my coursework, it did give me an idea for what to write about. So I’ve decided that GGAL is gonna have a little existential crisis of its own. Oh, and if you’re thinking, “what happened to the two-parter you said you would finish?”, then to that I say: Life is full of let downs. (I’ll get to it soon I promise)
When I first started writing on GGAL, I knew that I could give a unique perspective to things if I used video games as a reference. But now I’m gonna give you guys a little more context to my writing and why its worth sticking around for the ride. You see, I have two broad areas of passion in my life; my creative passion (which gaming is a core part of) and my financial passion (hence my doing a degree in finance). And having spent plenty of time socialising with creative people, I’ve realised how massive the disconnect really is. I have gotten to meet lots of creative people over the years (doesn’t that make me sound 50), from writers, game developers, Art’s majors and everyone in between. And while all these people are definitely awesome, they are rarely interested in the financy type stuff. And I get it for sure. Finance can feel like a different world and for many it can feel like a pretty bad one. Out of touch corporations, evil bankers, economic uncertainty, recessions, crashes, bulls, bears, taxes, confusing jargon, disappearing jobs and how then hell does retirement work!?!
Ok, breath. You alright?
Yes, it can all be pretty scary, money and finance is a language that only a select few can understand, and for everyone else its simply not a option. At least this is what I get told. But have no fear; GGAL is here! Being a person who loves to be creative just as much as I am fascinated by finance means that hopefully I can help to bridge this gap. Money and finance can be gamified just like everything else, sure it can be scary at first but the more you play the easier it gets (and the more fun). If you are the kind of creative person (or any other kind for that matter) who has written off finance or business as a universe that’s too alternate, then I’d like you to know that you’re in safe hands here. The future maybe be scary and covered in the fog of war, but one thing is for certain; its beatable. And remember, this isn’t coming from some guy who got rich 100 years ago and continues to preach about his outdated advice that has no use in the modern world. I am living it just as much as you, I’m not rich, I haven’t made, I’m simply optimistic. And honestly, theirs no reason why anyone reading this shouldn’t be too.
Every terrifying topic (all hail alliterator) will be be conquered! We are gonna play every level and I promise that we will come out the other side a little less scared and a little more confident. And while I may not know everything about every topic, I will endeavor to learn, or at the very least interview someone who knows what on earth their talking about.
So hopefully you enjoyed this little piece of motivation, it was definitely a welcome reprieve from writing essays that’s for sure. So does this change what you’ll be reading here on GGAL? Not really. All the different topics I was looking to write about (including finance) are still gonna happen, but perhaps now you can better understand the motivation behind what I’m rambling about. Oh, and if anyone wants to suggest any topics, finance or otherwise, that they’d like to see gamified into an article than feel free to leave a comment.
Thanks again for the patience for the last couple of weeks, normal order will now resume, thanks from all of us here at GGAL (just me), gud night, gud week and most importantly, GIT GUD!