Old-School Zombie Games – Vidjagame Apocalypse 419

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Question of the Week: Do you have a random tie to fame? A friend or family member who’s famous (or infamous) for something, maybe? Tell us about it/them.


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7 thoughts on “Old-School Zombie Games – Vidjagame Apocalypse 419

    1. QotW: I went to school with MC Hammer’s nephew. Him and I were classmates. I didn’t believe him at first (but they did have the same last name), but he gave me some “exclusive” info at the time, like when Hammer would be on TV for some interviews, the name/tracklist of Hammer’s next album at the time, and he let me listen to a few tracks.

  1. Steven R Donaldson is my cousin. The leper themes from his early work are based on his childhood in India. My aunt and uncle were missionaries there. Apparently he’s a real jerk.

  2. QotW: Besides being Laser Time’s person that gave Mr. Antista cookies that one time, I’ve had a few random ties with The Fame. I was an extra in a movie that I think was called “The Silent Treatment” (the fact that I can’t even tell you if that’s the actual name of the film should tell you all you need to know about it), Dylan Sprouse came by my job years ago looking for dog clothes and to catch up with his buddy that was my coworker, but my biggest random tie to The Fame is probably how I’m the one that got the information out there of when Commander Shepard’s birthday is.
    To keep it short, I was big into editing fan Wikis at the time, and a teaser trailer for Mass Effect 2 came out saying what Shepard’s birthday was, but it was written numerically. I asked one of the people working on the game on Twitter “hey, does the date mean this or this?”, and they clarified. I got to add the information to the wiki, and now that’s a thing in the Mass Effect fandom. Course, I don’t really have a way to prove this as this was a conversation that happened on Twitter over ten years ago, so that sucks for me.

  3. QOTW: I was in second grade in 1992, and the new kid in our class, along with his brother, were the kids kicking Arnolds airplane seat in the beghinng of Kindergarten Cop. They are credited as Airplane Boys #1 and #2. This gave the kid some instant cred, and a sure fire second grade ice breaker. I felt like he let it get to his head, and it is ultimately where he peaked. He doesn’t have any other credits on IMDB.

    If I might add an answer to Chris’ attempted question about hometown filming locations, Killer Clown’s From Outerspace was filmed in Watsonville and Sacramento, California, which is just about two towns over from where the Airplane Boys and I grew up.

  4. QotW: My cousin Martin Sensmeier is an actor in Hollywood. He got his first big role playing “Red Harvest” in Magnificent Seven. Staring Danzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and directed by Antoine Fuqua. He’s had small parts in several other movies and many TV shows like “Westworld”, “The Liberator” on Netflix, “Wind River” with Jeremy Renner and the latest movie he’s in is “The Ice Road” which is a Netflix exclusive. Damn that means I’ll have to subscribe to Netflix again. He also did some voice acting in a game called “Tell Me Why”. That’s on Gamepass so I’ll be checking that out.

  5. QotW:
    Greetings VGA. I’m a family physician in Maine so wanted to thank you and Laser Time for enjoyable content during the pandemic.
    Two things came to mind with the QotW on very different end of the spectrum.
    First a college classmate with the last name Ironside. While one other fellow nerd would do his best Optimus Prime voice and call him Ironhide, I asked him one day “Hey man, any relation to the actor Michael Ironside?” and indeed he was. I think he was shocked anyone knew of him. He was a second or third cousin, or maybe a great uncle. Not a close relation, but still cool to me.

    The other very different one was last year. I was seeing a patient on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He is a pastor and a professor of religion and African American culture so we got to talking of Dr. King and he mentioned his mother actually knew Dr. King. Later that day he sent me a picture from a newspaper and there was his mother, behind Dr. King during one of his speeches. Very inspiring to see even if I never directly met this woman.

    Anyway, keep up the great work gentlemen.

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