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The Graveyard Shift: “Really? You?” Edition

Hi! Hi! Hi! Welcome to The Graveyard Shift, your nightly safe space to commune with your fellow nerds here on Talk Amongst Yourselves, Kotaku’s reader-run blog. Whether sticking to the topic at hand or throwing out whatever randomness is on your mind, hop on in!


Tonight’s Topic: “Huh, I never pictured you as a ___________”

So the subject of video games came up at work the other night. Actually, the discussion began, like so many do, as a discussion about retinal damage, which led to complaints about our crappy monitors, which led to gamer glasses, which led to “Wait, how do you know about that??”

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A couple of my coworkers were shocked - SHOCKED, I tell you - to learn that I play video games. “Oh I never would have thought” followed by an awkward pause. And hey, this isn’t the first time I’ve gotten an incredulous “Wait, really??” when someone discovers one of my dorky cool as hell hobbies. But I have to wonder, what is it about me that makes my interests so unexpected? I mean I have the thick-rimmed glasses, it shouldn’t be that much of a shock :P

So tell me - has anyone ever been totally surprised to find out about one of your hobbies or interests? Do you think it was because you don’t generally talk about them, or because you maybe don’t look or act like the stereotypical gamer/anime fan/modern dance choreographer/dressage champion?

Has no one ever been surprised that you’re into the things you’re into? Okay, tbh I’m not sure whether that’s a good or bad thing ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Ahem. Well. Whether you want to dive into the topic at hand or grace us with whatever randomness is on your mind, the Graveyard Shift is now in session!

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