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On Live Chats and Alcohol

Lately, I've been experimenting with drinking during the live streams. My feeling is that playing video games is fun, I'm funny, combining the two is funnier, and adding the lack of coordination that comes with drinking is the funniest. This, of course, comes after almost seven years with no alcohol at all; I've gone back to extremely social drinking, but that's about it, unless I'm in my house.

Last night's chat was one of those times when I decided that drinking was a good way to spice things up, and I even had a new brand of sake to drink. At first, it was... shitty. Too much coconut, too much pineapple, and just too much other shit made it taste more like Kahlua than sake. However, as I predicted, the taste became irrelevant as more of it went down. But sake does something funny: it kinda sneaks up on you. I basically nursed a few glasses last night while drinking, and felt nothing. So I drank a bit more. By the time I got half way through the 750ml bottle, I felt OK, and then... *BANG*. Everything hit me at the same time. Anyone who was at the chat last night, or who watches the archived video (which is on the Livestream page, and is being uploaded as I speak to our video page) can pretty much tell the point where "buzzed" (which lasted about five minutes) ended and where "holy shit" began.

The results were funny, yes. I tried playing Donkey Kong Country and Captain Tsubasa 3, with hilariously bad results. But there's also the auxiliary crap. Like the fact that I lost my balance so hard while using the bathroom that I literally fell through a cabinet above my toilet, which is going to need glue. Or the fact that I spent almost the entire last half of the chat beating the "show me your tits!" joke into the ground. Or the fact that I ran through a half a litre of 18% alcohol sake last night, and damnit, there's a reason I stopped drinking in the last decade. In short, while I made a funny chat last night, I would have reduced my dignity if I was among a group of people that haven't known me for as long as they have.

First off, I need to make this point clear: when I play up the "show me your body!" jokes, they're largely for branding and/or humour. By branding, I mean the fact that I've never been shy about my predilection for the female form, in all shapes, sizes and levels of curvature; for example, Helen even said "I don't have any tits, but sure. :P" (she didn't. :(*), and honestly, I'd be cool with that. But listening to last night's chat, I beat it into the ground, and a lot of that was because I was so shitfaced. I have a feeling that even people that know me well were uncomfortable listening, and that's not the intent; the jokes are intended to be light-hearted. (With that stated, if someone *wants* to show me their tits, I will not object!)

Another thing is that, flat-out, I don't need alcohol as a humourist, and in fact, it makes me worse as one. I rely on my wit to entertain people, and when I'm drinking, I ramble. I'm still intelligent (I held my own in a political discussion), and can still think, but my wits are gone. I don't need alcohol to make me funny like some people, and I don't think I was any funnier last night than I would be if I was sober, unless people really laugh at me going "HOLY FUCK MY REFLEXES ARE SHOT" while I die in an early DKC stage. Related to this is the fact that I swear more, almost to the point of excess.

Then there's the auxiliary issues such as me falling asleep on Aileen last night. She's in Atlantic City this weekend, so I don't think I'll speak to her until Labour Day now. I didn't realize this last night because, again, I was as drunk as I've been since I was in the military, where my debauchery is well documented. In short, because Aileen couldn't make the chat last night (her laptop can't handle video), I was a bad boyfriend to her.

I want to know what everyone thinks about Drunk!Bus vs. Sober!Bus in these chats (next week will be Sober!Bus for sure, because I'm 95% sure I'm seeing Aileen in NYC on Saturday), and I want them to be honest. I add alcohol mainly because hey, drunk people playing video games is kinda funny. But as last night showed, if I go from "whee!" to "Yikes!", I become sloppy, and frankly, I don't think it benefits my listeners or anyone else. I do this for you guys.

* - To clarify some confusion: this denoted that she did not show me her tits, not that I've confirmed she didn't have any. :P

Comments

mel_makoro
Sep. 3rd, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I don't think you should be drinking solely for the entertainment of others. If you're going to drink an alcoholic beverage at the chats, don't do it to the extent that you'll turn drunk. From the sounds of it, drinking to that point brings more detriments than it does benefits, so yeah... probably should lay off on the alcohol.

Definitely have some water nearby, at least. It'll prevent your throat from going dry, which will help a lot during stream sessions that tend to go on for two to three hours. :)