In What Are You Playing This Weekend? we discuss gaming and such with prominent figures in the pop-culture arena. We always start with the same question.
Gabe Serbian is the drummer for The Locust, a renowned art-punk-grind band from San Diego that’s set to reunite at ATP in London this summer. He now lives in Austin, Texas, where he plays drums in local hardcore and punk bands like Wet Lungs and Skycrawler. Serbian talked to The Gameological Society about his Skyrim singularity and playing long-form games without memory cards.
The Gameological Society: What are you playing this weekend?
Gabe Serbian: Same thing I’ve been playing since I got my Xbox, Skyrim: Dawnguard. That’s pretty much it. Nothing is as fun to me as Skyrim.
Gameological: The other games just don’t do it for you?
Serbian: No, it’s—this is the first video game system I’ve had since PlayStation 2, in the probably early 2000s or something, and, I dunno, the map is just enormous and you can just run around. It’s just cool because you can just do whatever you want. If you don’t want to play missions, you can just run around and fight stuff. It’s just fun to—I don’t know, fight animals or bandits or make potions and stuff.
Gameological: Have you ever played any music that utilized video game sounds?
Serbian: No, but I’ve always been into the—I had this plug-in on a program that would do an 8-bit crush of anything, so anything you did would sound like early Nintendo or Atari games.
Gameological: Like, you could play The Locust, and it would sound like insane NES music?
Serbian: I never tried that. I would just make keyboard lines and crush ’em. It was pretty cool.
Gameological: Do you ever play drums at home?
Serbian: No, because of my neighbor. But I kinda want to start just to fuck with that neighbor. I don’t care to practice at home, it would just be to piss off the neighbor. Just for the satisfaction to know I am irritating these people.
Gameological: Did you grow up playing video games, or was your focus just music from the start?
Serbian: Yeah, I had a Nintendo and was super into all the Mario Bros. games and Zelda and stuff like that, and then, like I said, I got a PlayStation 2 and would play Resident Evil forever. I didn’t even have a memory card, so I’d just try to stay alive as long as I could, and then I’d die and have to start all over again.
Gameological: It’s like when you play Nintendo when you’re younger, and you couldn’t save anything.
Serbian: Exactly. I knew I could get a memory card and start saving my progress, but it took me a while to do that because I would rather spend my money on pot or something like that, you know?
Gameological: The funny thing is, games like Resident Evil, at that time weren’t designed to be one-shot games like the ones we grew up with.
Serbian: Yeah. It was also a point where, I get into video games every once in a while, but when I got into Resident Evil it was this new type of game that I had never played before, and it was really cool, and it was scary even. I’d play it at night and stuff would just jump out at you out of nowhere and I’d be low on life—with no way to save it.
And now, we put the question to you. Tell us what you’ve been playing lately, and which games—video or otherwise—are on your playlist for the weekend.