The Corner of Screen and Street…

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screen-street-dlrTurns out I’m not the only one dressed appropriately for Call Of Duty. I heard the Call… My only mistake was not taking a picture with the zombies on the way out. What a gas! The future on 25-ft screens and all of the action was backstage. That looked like something from a science fiction movie– all of the gamers were sitting at long tables with headsets. “The meek shall inherit the Earth,” just like it says in the Bible… or is it Spiderman?

A lot of what’s happening on the screens is like boxing. It is perfectly age appropriate if you realize that the age of the traditional gamer at the moment is probably 20, exactly 4 months before Mike Tyson became heavyweight champion. There is a great degree of reflexive jabbing, stick and move, shoot and go, run to action in both events. These are military, boxing and jiu-jitsu terms and it’s perfect for the gender and age grouping that I saw in action at The Forum and there was a lot of action at the forum. The Forum holds 17,000 of your closest friends. I know. That was just the bathroom… (Stick with me. We talk about time travel in an upcoming blog and I’ll take you back to that bathroom in 1982 until then, it’s all allegations.) There’s a reflex in gaming similar to what you might have in a street fight. You learn to anticipate and almost levitate like a hovercraft. It’s different than grandparent games like chess, go or backgammon that pre-date what’s happening now digitally. I love what’s happening digitally particularly now that we’re at the corner of Screen and Street. That sounds like an actual place… and it actually is.

“There goes the gardener again chasing an *emoji.” (I intentionally got that wrong, that way you know I’m really in the know.) It’s only a matter of milliseconds before everything that you see on a screen will move down between the Baskin Robbins and the Ralphs. You’ll be chasing and be chased by the same soldiers, zombies and evil spirits through the alleyways between the Kroger and Duane Reade at all times of the day. The paradigm of how these games are played will shift immeasurably.

The idea that gamers are not athletes I think is argued as, “Representing Sweden Men’s 70m long rifle distance shooting, Dave Roth. It’s a very convincing competition this year in Rio. Crowd is silent. Keep an eye on that index finger. It’s going to move 1/8th of an inch. Silence. 1/8th of an inch.” “SWEDEN TAKES THE GOLD. SWEDEN TAKES THE GOLD.” …And they have a race riot that lasts three days and burned down the ancient bridge. Police have to move in but the police are celebrating too– they’re all related to the rioters. Distance shooting is all based on moving the index finger 1/8th of an inch, IF that much. The average gamer is thumbing and mousing his way through the competition more physically akin to what fighter pilots are dealing with. Their heart rates are up to about 400 BPM and they’re full of something that’s keeping them awake. In the case of gaming, it’s Mountain Dew. For professional pilots, it’s Adderall or something in between. The actual physical components aren’t really that much different than operating a combat helicopter. Their movements are both tiny, measured and studied. In this regard, most current gamers look like bass players. They’re employed ones, but musicians nonetheless.

I think about the idea that we struggle and die for our art in equal parts. One of my chess teachers wrote a book, Art and Struggle. You want that to register. Sunken cheekbones come from the turn of the century. If you couldn’t get yourself to the Left Bank of Paris like a real artist you could starve yourself and give the appearance of Tuberculosis. It’s much like the way that Louboutin sells women’s shoes and how I struggle to maintain sideburns. It brings us somewhat closer to the dream. It walks us right up to it. I get that but once we start moving off the screen and into the streets, those gamers are going to be called upon to operate on a level closer to Stormin Norman Schwarzkopf, “Black Jack” Pershing, Napoleon or Hannibal. Perhaps we will revert to an umbrella view of the gaming platform more similar to chess. Once you go boots on the ground, all those alpha apex football players who are beating up the nerds are going to take over again because they’re bigger and faster. The brains will come from the exact same place we walked past, the exact same headset and screen. The meek shall inherit the Earth. Isn’t it interesting that those two very opposites: the skinny gamer in a pair of Vans and the defensive 300 lb tackle on his way to pro ball shall finally join forces together in pursuit of total zombie annihilation. It’s almost Biblical… or is it Spiderman?


  1. MICK NUTTALL  —  September 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm


    She Bop She Bop’n Brud!!!

  2. Dave D  —  September 22, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Dave…blogs are nice. The “Roth Show” is too. But seriously. Get your ass back in the studio with Ed, Wolf, and Al and create a 12-song album of original tracks and hit the road.

    • Princess Lia  —  September 22, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      I’m with you, diamond Dave D~

    • Andoo  —  September 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Fuckin Amen on that Brotha!!!!!

  3. Priscilla Moya  —  September 22, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Is it Biblical or Spiderman??? I think it’s both. Another great read. Keep them coming. I still say you need to write another book. Love ya Dave! Blessings

    • Randy L. Siggers  —  September 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      This blog is his book in a way… A public diary for all to see. It’s easier this way, I would think… ???

  4. @NOTCHMusic  —  September 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm


  5. Eric  —  September 22, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Totally enjoying the blog….keep the writing flowing….the podcast and writing have to continue…the Tao Of Roth

  6. Lori  —  September 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Dave, love reading your blog. I want to see you on stage again! I want more Roth Show!

  7. Shane Biscuits Murphy  —  September 22, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Diamond Dave ,the most interesting man on any planet!

  8. Maggie  —  September 22, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I miss seeing and hearing you Dave! You are a wordsmith, I imgine your voice speaking to me while reading your blog, but I want More DLR!

  9. Princess Lia  —  September 22, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    He zigs, and he zags, all the way to the end. It’s all about the journey, mais non?
    Sing us a song, bubbie~

  10. Stephanie  —  September 23, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Yes, “The gentle-ones shall inherit the Earth,” , but sometimes must the gentleness also fight for the rights and also for the survive. Talking is silver, silence is golden – but sometimes it’s vice versa – it is all a kind of situation and necessity based. It is a cruel brutal rough world in which we live. We live in a time in which everything can be made clear and manifest, so we should use it for positive changes, and not for destructive negative changes or stuck into negativity.

  11. Don  —  September 23, 2016 at 9:40 am

    WTF is he talking about? Call Ed, kiss his ass, get Wolfie a nice piece of ass, and get Alex’s ass on the drum throne and do some VanHalen.Thats what you’re good at.

    • Randy L. Siggers, the L is for Local Idol  —  September 25, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Gee kid, who put you in charge? ?

  12. Inés  —  September 23, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Hola guapo, hablando de atletas y juegos, creo que un rock-star es en cierto modo un atleta para mantener esa energía, ritmo y performance durante casi dos horas; especialmente vos. ¿No seguiste con las competencias de entrenamiento canino? Creo que uno de los videos que más me gustó es ese que filmaste en el campo, con tus perros, donde te salta en brazos la oveja bebé. Te mando un beso grande desde el hemisferio sur, que sigas muy bien bombón eterno.

    • Elaine Kay  —  September 24, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Yeah, I liked the way that he caught that sheep too. What of it?

    • Randy L. Siggers, the L is for Local Idol  —  September 25, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Awww I think somebody has a crush on lil ole Dave ?? Oh shoot, it’s a Sunday ? I got school tomorrow, I gotta wake up early to set up my music playlist for the day!!! The king shall return, (you can just call me Randy)

  13. Unclebad  —  September 23, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Uh what. Was that from the basement tapes circa 1975 or did I miss my last stop. Dave your killing me man

  14. Gina  —  September 23, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Gamers train for a competition (for this reason we can call them athletes) they sometimes call party. The son of my neighbor made a gamer party. Party??? 12 18-year-old boys and 12 computers. No girls, no cool drinks, no cocktails, no sex, no drugs, no rock’n’roll??? Would you call 12 80-year-old and 6 chessboards a party? The highlight of a gamer party is probably a power breakdown.
    Apropos party: If you write about time travel, take us back to the parties too. Wild parties that deserve the name.

  15. Danny  —  September 24, 2016 at 12:41 am

    The military has been using video games as a recruiting tool for years but as you know there’s a difference between physically grueling training where you’re getting bruised and banged up vs hitting and waving at air, but the Star Trek Next Gen “holodeck” is a matter of when, which would be great for Jason Becker in VR world being able to strap on a guitar and play again, have Stephen Hawking get his thoughts across without him having to deal with typing one letter at a time, to type the words out, or a combat veteran who’s lost their limbs to be able to still mentally kick ass and train others in that world.

  16. Elaine Kay  —  September 24, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Man, you are WEIRD as all get out sometimes.

    I like it!

  17. Mariette  —  September 25, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Putting a silk spin on a be-attitude? Apparently the Greek for meek is praus which was the label given to a finished horse ready to execute airs above the ground on command, highly trained, powerful and tuned like your gamer’s levitating mind teaming with the strength and agility of a pro football player.

    The art of being meek/praus in life is a struggle, but if it’s accomplished, can the lagoon be negotiated?

  18. stew pajares  —  October 28, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    hey dave it never gets old. your a pretty interesting guy1


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