Reticent Smear #1

It becomes easier to join in, once the first sketch has been made.

The canvas is already scrawled upon, so what can my daubs do to make it any better or worse?

I’m here, with my beard, and my gaming way of life. A life in digital entertainment that spans well over three decades. A life nurtured on banana milkshakes and Space Invaders.

I am no butterfly. I am more chameleon, who slyly and slowly slinks in to different gaming genres, lashing my tongue and tasting the new experiences. Shifting the very crystals in my skin to reflect the light differently and to colour myself as others, playing gleefully around me.


My gaming tastes vary wildly from moment to moment, but my enthusiasm glows with unfettered luminescence. I love change, and escapism. I want to fit in and co-operate online. To be part of a bigger something, together.

I am old, not necessarily wise, and have a family beyond my digital fancies. But here inside the game, I grow more radiant amongst my mature and considerate friends.

Shed your skin, and join me and the flittering butterfly on this journey.



Hesitant Mark #1

So how do you start on a blank canvas? I guess you start with a few marks, and then you go on to make loads more. Hopefully they coalesce to form some kind of coherent image. Hopefully they make sense as a whole.

This is my first, vague, slightly hesitant mark.

Laserbeards consists of two slightly creaky, beardy blokes, trying to fit gaming into their lives in a major way, whilst still working, still leading family lives, with kids and better halves. The idea is to appeal to other gamers of a similar ilk. The ones that aren’t trolling GAF or talking about gates.

The ones that just care about games.

The quiet ones.

The ones trying to thread games into real – inconsistent, time starved – lives.

It’ll become apparent sooner rather than later, that I’m a bit of a gaming butterfly. I don’t often like to sip from the same source for very long. I constantly crave new and shiny in gaming. I think it’s because I can remember what Manic Miner was /really/ like. Everything these days seems so like…. like I’m living in the future. I need to see as much of it as possible.

The point is… I’m not very loyal to one specific genre and mostly not to one platform. Wherever the new and shiny is, I try and be there. The one thing I’m fanatical about in games though is FROM Software, Miyazaki san, and their genius offspring, the Souls games and now Bloodborne. I will bore you senseless about these shortly.

Anyway. Hello. Welcome to Laserbeards!

/ OldBraveBeard /

Think of us as gaming's Hairy Bikers. Without the bikes. But definitely with beards.