Badass Married Guy’s Guide to Gaming: Why do you call yourself Ninja?


Easy.  Because ninjas are awesome. Done.  -Jay (NinjaJay81)

Really the story is a lot more complex than that with a lot of ins and outs, some real cloak and dagger shit.  Okay, maybe not that complex.  The truth is that I picked Ninja because I always liked ninjas.  For as long as I can remember I played every ninja game and watched every ninja movie I could get my hands on.  Then I played hockey and kind of wrongly decided to get Ninja put on the back of my jersey instead of my last name and caught so much shit, but I did not care.  I was the Ninja and I have not stopped being the Ninja for about 15 years now. So NinjaJay81 is just the newest incarnation of my ninja being.

But this is not the only instance where my real life has affected my game playing.  Recently I have been found myself looking for games that are more story driven.  Before, I really didn’t give a crap about story as long as the gameplay was hardcore enough, and I was happy.  But now I play games like The Walking Dead (PS3, PC, Xbox 360) or LA Noire (PS3, Xbox 360) that are almost all story with little game play, and am just as happy with them.  Did this change come with being married?  Nah.  Maybe it’s just as I get older I start to understand that there is more to life than stringing together hundred hit combos in God of War (PS2-PS3) or any other “hardcore” game.

The other thing me and NinjaWife talk about is little ninjas (kids) and how that would affect my game playing.  I think I will put away all the bloody games I now play and it will be time to bring on Lego: Starwars and Dance Central, at least until the kid gets older when I can pick them back up again. Or, at least, keep the bloodlust games hidden from the kid and play ’em all along.  I might ask for advice as we get closer to the time of baby ninjas.

I have wanted to tell the story of how I came up with my name NinjaJay81 and it kind of turned into a story of how the real world affects your game playing habits.  In fact, no matter what you are into, be it videogames or mountain biking, you can’t hide who you are and you really don’t need to–unless you are a Son of Sam type.  Then it is better that you keep that side of you hidden.- Jay (NinjaJay81)

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2 comments to Badass Married Guy’s Guide to Gaming: Why do you call yourself Ninja?

  • Chingachgook  says:

    Chingachgook is the Ninja of James Fenimore Cooper’s world.

  • ninjabee  says:

    I stole ninja from ninjajay. Because I thought beebeegun wasn’t scary enough.

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