Writing About Random Themes and the Power of Random Topic Generators

I’ve run into a problem. I’ve not really been playing games lately. The only game I have been playing as of late has been Minecraft, on a Pixelmon server that recently had an update that gave cool rewards based on the amount of Pokemon you have caught or bred. But even that is a limited thing because I’ve somehow managed to catch 95% of all Pokemon (all 809 of them) and the only ones left are the Legendaries which are insanely hard to obtain. Even if I was playing regularly though, I still wouldn’t have a lot to talk about. I’ve pretty much exhausted all the Jovian Concord content from Warframe and I’ve already spoken about Minecraft 1.14.

Writing Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

So what else do I talk about? Sure, I could talk about the latest games that are coming out, but no one here gets free copies of games to review and I don’t really have the money to buy all the new stuff – I balked at spending €11 on Pokemon Go yesterday after realising I probably had more time playing Pokemon Go than I do Team Fortress 2. Sure I have the money for it but spending money makes me insanely anxious. Even just buying a chocolate bar from the shop can a tough one for me.

I do have a Steam Library filled with untouched games though. I could play some of those. I’ve got a handful of games installed right now, I just haven’t gotten round to, uh, running them. There’s also a lot of games that I started, played like five minutes of and then never really got back to. Then again, I did uninstall a bunch of them. Especially Fallout 4, which I really just didn’t enjoy. Honestly, I reached end-game in the first mission when I was literally given some power armour. After that, I kinda didn’t care any more.

But that’s all rather… pointless if I don’t really want to play games in general. If I can’t find the desire to play games I love, it’s going to be even harder playing games that I might not love.

What I’m trying to say, in a really roundabout way, is that I need to write about other things. At least, I have to if I want to keep the Daily SPUF daily, because someone around here has to write and publish articles.

So in the next few weeks, we’re going to see some different and somewhat random articles. I’ll probably still do a bunch of gaming articles. After all, there’s always updates and we’ve got Tennocon coming on July 6th, something that I actually bought the digital pass for (because I wanted the armour). But I’m also going to be using some random writing prompts to keep the writing juices flowing. The one I’m randoming through right now is writingexercises.co.uk, which just happened to be one of the first sites I chose that didn’t look like it was made before 2010.

Although I say that, an article about how I built websites in 2010 might be… interesting?


Luckily, we already have a whole section dedicated to more random things. The only difference now is that it’ll get a bit more use.

Either way, there’s going to be some odd articles for a bit while I try and sort myself out. I may be a mental wreck right now but writing is a good thing.


Also known as Doctor Retvik Von Schreibtviel, Medic writes 50% of all the articles on the Daily SPUF. A dedicated Medic main in Team Fortress 2 and an avid speedster in Warframe, Medic has the unique skill of writing 500 words about very little in a very short space of time.

2 thoughts on “Writing About Random Themes and the Power of Random Topic Generators

  • June 8, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Procedurally generated writing is getting so good, it’s crazy. Long gone are the days of ALICE and monkey-typewriter nonsense, computers nowadays are capable of so pretty amazing scripts, largely due to advances in Markov chain coherence and an ability to vaguely weight nouns and themes that were mentioned before. This computer-generated mystery was so good I’d read it as a genuine full-fledged short story.

  • June 11, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Unfortunately that means two things: fake articles will be even easier to create and spread and I’m going to be out of a job as a writer soon.


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