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Enjoying the Modern World

Discussion in 'Pandora, Year 1 - 7' started by Sakura Kasugano, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. Being someone with plenty of gaming experience, the controls were natural for Sakura and once she started playing, she was easily dominating it, although her eyes seemed to be completely focused on the game and so was her mind. She was barely paying attention to anything in her surroundings.

    That is until she remembered that she was supposed to be playing with someone else. She glanced at Robb’s screen and saw that his performance was being… less than ideal, but it was fair for someone playing for the first time.

    She took notice of the fact that he was looking towards her to get a better idea of how the controls work from someone more experience and once she caught his gaze, she smiled at him. It was a cheery smile that was mostly meant as a silent way of telling him to just enjoy himself and not think too much about how he’s doing at the game.

    Of course the fact she was looking at him meant she wasn’t looking at the game and when she looked, she saw her car was driving into a wall and her smile suddenly turned into a grimace as she actually had to go in reverse, be sent significantly behind in terms of placing and then back on the race to try and get back to first.

    "This is why I shouldn’t be allowed to drive…" She thought to herself, just a little bit embarrassed.
     
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  2. Robb Stark

    Robb Stark A Song of Ice and Fire

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    Robb had trouble with this game. Mostly because he had never driven in his life and everything about the controls was vividly different from everything he had ever known in his life. It wasn't even like the things he had adapted to the most: his cellphone and his microwave. A steering wheel was still an entirely foreign object and despite the fact that he had selected automatic as instructed, Robb was helpless.

    In fact he might have been freaking out just a little bit because it felt overwhelming to him. The pedals, the wheel, the noises, how large the screen was, where he was sitting, and how he kept running into walls. That was a bad thing obviously because Sakura wasn't really running into walls and neither were any of the other cars. Which meant that he was hopelessly losing and that didn't even have to be explained to him but Robb's eyes were wide and almost panicked as he continued to try.

    He took a breath and tried to crank the wheel in the other direction but he just slammed into another wall. Of course Robb had his foot all the way down on the pedal for the gas, but he didn't understand that such a thing was not required. He just felt stressed enough to not think that portion of the game through. Instead he kept glancing between Sakura's screen and his own, trying to piece together what he was supposed to do.

    Her hand motions were far more gentle and precise. Robb tried to keep his own in the same way, finally moving forward instead of running into every wall by the starting line. He couldn't quite get a good look at her feet from where he was sitting and Robb was not the sort to lean over to look at a woman's feet so he continued to run into things with the gas all the way down, it just happened a little less.

    He lost by time out, unable to complete the track, and everyone else seemed to pass. Instead of saying anything Robb sort of sighed and closed his eyes. "Video games are rather stressful." It was halfway meant to be a joke. Robb just couldn't understand why people did this for fun.
     
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  3. Despite her slight mishap, Sakura was able to place in a good position in the race. Not first place, since racing games weren't her strong suit, but good enough. The same couldn't be said about Robb who didn't even get to finish the race before the time ran out. Admittedly an embarrassing performance, but not at all unexpected given who he was,

    He concluded by saying that video games were stressful, something that made Sakura giggle a little. She knew that he was only half-joking about it, given how into it he got when he played, he was probably taking them way more seriously than he really should.

    "They're being stressful because you're making them like that." She pointed out with a smile on her face. "I really respect how you give your all no matter what you're doing, Robb-san, but some things just aren't meant to take seriously and video games are one of those, at least if you don't wanna be a professional."

    She had to wonder what he would think about the fact that some people were paid to play video games for other people to watch, or the fact that video games were even considered a sport in modern times. That sure would leave him bewildered, but that beyond the point she was trying to make.

    "I mean, it's a game, so you want to win, of course. But at the same time, it's not like there's anything at stake. You don't have any money to lose and your reputation won't get ruined because you can't win a game. It's like..." She tapped her chin with a finger, glancing upwards as she tried to think of a game that would be played during his time. "It's like playing cards, but just between your friends or your family without making any bets. You're just playing, trying to win while also trying to enjoy that time with them and it doesn't really matter if you win or lose."

    She hoped that what she was saying was making sense because this was actually being a lot harder than she was expecting it to be. Trying to reach that balance between saying that he shouldn't try his best, but also telling him that he shouldn't stress himself out too much playing it.

    "Just... take it easy, you know? If you pressure yourself too much, you're gonna start panicking when you make a mistake and then it just keeps getting worse." She smiled at him. "Wanna try again?"
     
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  4. Robb Stark

    Robb Stark A Song of Ice and Fire

    Posts:
    653
    Occupation:
    City Watch Commander
    Location:
    Pandora
    Race:
    Human
    Age:
    22
    Alignment:
    Lawful Good
    Directory:
    link
    Perhaps video games were not meant for Robb. They did not seem relaxing nor fun. He would have preferred a horseback ride through the forest or even an afternoon people watching in the market. Or taking a nap, if his mind would let him. This was just stressful and something that Robb thought he wasn't a fan of. Practicing swordsmanship would have been just as intense but more rewarding. No this was... not for him in the least bit. But Robb was respectful, listening to Sakura as she spoke on the subject, obviously passionate over what she was saying.

    She was trying to get him to understand that taking it easy was part of the process. He just didn't know how to do that very well unless there was physical labor involved. This was stressful instead and though he felt like he would be disappointing the young woman seated next to him, Robb couldn't lie about it either. "I don't think this is for me." He smiled back at her though it was a touch sad and he shrugged his shoulders. There was far too much in the room. Far too much involved in video games and it was all a little overwhelming at this point.

    "I think taking it in small doses might be best." Which meant he was going to leave. If that wasn't clear then he would make it clear, as politely as he could manage. Robb stood from the seat and made sure that everything was in place on his person, as much as he could. There was a lot because he carried around enough gear to be able to fight at a moment's notice and his sword was easily strapped back on. He could have worn modern clothing. Could have been carrying a gun instead of a sword but all those things still felt unnatural for the red head.

    "I do appreciate you trying to help me out." Thanking her for her time was the least he could do. She was the one who had invited him and as it turned out, Robb was not good at this. Perhaps not good at socializing like this either anymore but that was a minor thing. He could push his way through that one. Video games? Not so much. "Perhaps I'll stop by another time." Maybe, likely not, but there was always a chance he'd want to try at least one more time to make sure it was something that he didn't want to do. For the moment, Robb had had enough. He offered Sakura a bit of a wave and a nod to say goodbye before heading towards the front door to leave. A nap was sounding really good after all the noise inside.
     
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  5. In the end, Robb decided that this kind of thing just wasn't for him. A disappointment for sure, but not something Sakura didn't see coming. It would've been great if he was able to find some enjoyment in it, but perhaps that was too much to ask, or too soon to ask of someone who was just now being introduced to such modern things, even though he had been in Pandora for far longer than her.

    Sakura stepped out of the seat and looked just a little disappointed as Robb thanked her for trying to introduce him to this kind of entertainment. She couldn't help but wonder if she had done something wrong in her "teaching" that could've been changed so that he would find more enjoyment from it, but there was no point in dwelling in those things now.

    "No problem, really. This is kinda my job, after all." She laughed a little just to keep the mood up a little. "I'll see you some other time, then."

    She figured the chance of Robb dropping by again was pretty low, but even though he hadn't enjoyed himself nearly as much as she had hoped, it was at least fun for her to spend some time with the clueless Watch Commander even if having fun at his expense wasn't really ideal for this kind of thing.

    Waving him off, Sakura prepared herself to go back to her work routine. In the end, there were definitely worse ways to spend a birthday.
     
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