You know those days where you're sitting in your room, office, or kitchen and you want to do everything but work, so you find yourself online? Whether it's Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Moviepilot or just Google.
About a week ago, I had one of those days. And it was bad. And as we all know, when you have more things to do, you find more distractions.
I had a paper, two exams, one quiz and a presentation all due within the next two days. So, naturally, I watch the episode of Gotham that I was behind on. And I was ignoring the ads, as usual, when something caught my eye. A big fiery explosion that panned across my screen was enough to draw me back into what was going on, taking me away from the paper I was handwriting.
This one, right here ^^. Right above me ^^. That's the image I saw. I thought, "wow, that seems cool." *CLICK*
I came to a page of wonders and laughs titled Video Game High School (VGHS). This short Youtube series made me wish that I could live in this world. These people were awesome and they did awesome things and lead awesome lives. Also, the conflicts were so unreasonable and easily solved that made life seem simple. Simple enough that one wouldn't go out of their way to avoid writing a paper (not that that stopped me from trying).
So, naturally, I binge watched every episode in about three days. It's not as big of an achievement as it is binge watching How I Met Your Mother or Friends in one week, but I felt pretty confident.
So, now that I've seen it, I want to share it with all of you.
As the trailer above shows, the series takes place in an alternate reality where sports are not a thing. Instead of watching the Super Bowl every year, we watch FPS (first person shooter) championships. Instead of NASCAR, drift racing.
In this world, our lives revolve around video games. Now, for most people, that's no different than their normal lives. But for the the rest of the world, this is a strange and intriguing thought. Sure, we have pro video gamers that get paid to kick ass at Smash Bros. or Mario Kart. But it's not to the same extent involved in this series. They have high schools and colleges dedicated entirely to video games for crying out loud.
Like most shows, movies and books, the series has normal issues. A forbidden love. A brutal bully. A lack of money. Friends betraying friends. Rival high schools.
And then it has outrageous conflicts. The bully being completely unreasonable and entirely over confident. The rival high school has a goal to destroy VGHS because they never grew out of that damn awkward middle school phase (see "Dear Person That Pissed Me Off" to understand that reference).
And then they've got more down to earth issues. The hero, Brian D, loses his scholarship to the high school and almost gets kicked out. Almost every major character has issues with their parental units (divorce, death, etc.) Cheating in elections.
The show is hilarious, ridiculous, down to earth, and saddening all at once. I would be in my dorm room (and mainly with the most recent season) my emotions would shift from a high ten to a negative seven in a matter of seconds. If my roommates didn't think I was insane before, they sure do now.
The series had come to an end, and I was upset by it. But at the same time, it ended on a great high. It felt put together, well held up and just absolutely wonderful.
Each joke and bit of humor was followed up with an equal amount of action and excitement. There was never a dull moment. The visual effects, the script, all of it was wonderful.
Even Law, the most unlikable character of the whole series (minus the Barnstormers), you end up having these . . . feelings for once you reach the end. His unreasonable attitude doesn't bother you anymore. In fact, there's a good chance that somewhere, deep down - deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep down - you might actually like him.
The entire series is wonderfully funny, exciting and heart-wrenching. You love these characters. Even the minor characters. You grow to love them all. No matter how strange and unreasonable, they all have a place in your heart.
I love this series. I love these characters. I love everything about VGHS. And you should too.
That is all, go about your daily business.