We all love video games. But have you ever thought about those days when you were just getting started with one of your favorite–or not so favorite–titles? You would mash random buttons on the controller in frustration, trying to make Mario or Master Chief do something–anything–impressive other than wasting rounds and rounds of ammo shooting at the ground/sky/yourself.
Now, one local gamer and comedian is capturing those moments and preserving them as part of a hilarious new YouTube series. And, as a bonus, she is a former Geek of the Week!
Hannah Harkness, who co-hosts the monthly Comedy is Liberty open mic at the Trocadero and also appears in the Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast, combined forces with pro-dom/kink sex educator Brian Oestmann to create “Haneurysm,” a weekly webseries dedicated to Harkness’ frustration with new video games. Episodes are added every Thursday and, so far, the duo have covered titles like Five Nights at Freddy’s, Superhot, and even Goat Simulator.
Harkness and Oestmann were generous enough to hit pause long enough to give us an in-depth look at Haneurysm.
What was your inspiration for the series?
Hannah: Brian tried to teach me how to play video games over a series of mornings and it went so hilariously bad that we decided to set up a camera. The dynamic between my confused angry reactions to the games and ADD and Brian’s frustration with me is comedy gold.
Brian: Hannah’s absolute suckage at games, originally observed when I handed her Minecraft and she proceeded to spin around in circles looking at the sky for five minutes.
What video games have you actually played?
Brian: Besides the ones in Haneurysm, I’m pretty sure she only played the Stanley Parable before.
Hannah: Before Haneurysm, the only games I ever truly played to win were DDR, Katamari Damacy, and Space Channel Five. Do the math, you’re speaking to a lady with serious Otaku fangirl stripes. Other than that, I have had a long storied history of losing interest in games as soon as they get difficult. Brian is right, I also played Stanley Parable–he introduced that to me and it’s my favorite now.
Have you stuck with any game after playing it for Haneurysm?
Brian: It’s cute that you think that A.) winning is a thing Hannah cares about, B.) that she has enough attention span to game when I’m not forcing her to.
Hannah: What he said.
Anything else to add?
Hannah: This web series also is a reminder that you don’t need to be great at video games to enjoy them. It helps, but in a culture where you can log on to a server and a 13-year-old boy curses you out for not being perfect, it can be difficult to remember that it’s just a game…and that you are there to have a good time and escape life.