Back in South Africa, I spent a large portion of my free time playing computer games in a room adjacent to the living room. My mother had a penchant for calling this room ‘the cave’, or ‘the nerd cave’. Now that we have moved to Korea, our entire apartment isn’t awfully much bigger than that room was. Our home has become the new cave for Kristen and I, and we have spent the entirety of this weekend reveling in nerding out through DotA2, Game of Thrones, BioShock, and Assassin’s Creed. It made me realize for the first time that the name my mother had coined is the same name that Plato gave to an all-too-relevant allegory.
I have never read the allegory myself. I came across its general idea tangentially through a strip from one of my favourite webcomics, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, which is the picture above. The strip can be found in its original form here: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3110. SMBC is a fantastic strip, and I would recommend it highly.
As Kristen and I spent our entire weekend watching shadows, we felt no regret that we had not done something more adventurous or social. We simply enjoyed each other’s company and the company of our two foster cats, Kichu and Catsby. Here the boys are, in all of their furry glory. Kichu (on the left) is a boisterous, cuddly, and chatty cat. His favourite things are playing with lasers and waking me up at ungodly hours of the morning for no good reason. Catsby (on the right) is the polar opposite – he is calm, reclusive, curious, and likes to go about his own business. His favourite things are exploring the mythical contents of our cupboards, and sleeping under our bed. We are currently only fostering them, but they have already become a part of our little family.
In the coming weeks, we are heading across the country for a Frisbee tournament on the beach of Pohang, and also beginning to compete in a nation-wide Frisbee league. We may not have much time to spend in our cave in the coming weekends, so we thought that we should make the most of our time while we still could. And we loved every minute of it. We may simply have been playing games, but as gamers, there is little that we enjoy more, especially when we experience the new worlds together.