A Recollection of Groundhog Day, VHS, and Parental Custody Weekends

Posted by Will Ooi | Posted in Film, Writing | Tags: , , , , | Posted on 16-10-2015-05-2008


Watch that first step. it’s a doozie.

Whenever the thought of my estranged father enters my mind, it’s not him I see, but aisles upon aisles of VHS tapes for hire at Civic Video.

Our weekends together would start with movies, and they would end with even more movies. We would head into the city on Saturday to catch the latest blockbuster at the cinema – Terminator 2 and Speed were my favourites – and about an hour before I was due back to my mum on Sunday he would drive us to his local video store and allow me to pick one film to take for the road. He’d encourage me to choose any title I wanted, generously including the new release overnighters despite their hefty late return fines and even more ridiculous ‘Buy It Now’ – or rather, ‘If You Lose It’ – prices of several hundred dollars, but I’d always just pick a weekly movie to save him any trouble. Yet for some reason on this occasion, which unbeknownst to me would be the very last time I would see him again, I took my time and went with the flick that had just come out that week: Groundhog Day.


Now writing for The Good Men Project

Posted by Will Ooi | Posted in Football, Japan, Travel | Tags: | Posted on 20-01-2015-05-2008


Articles linked below:



– The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game – Oct 11, 2014


– The Farce of FIFA’s Ethics Committee Findings and the Case of the Unlikely FBI Mole – Dec 6, 2014

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– Same Song. Different Beat: The Experience of Soccer in Japan – Jan 17, 2015


FIFA is Dead. Long Live Football – Jun 3, 2015… Read More

Now appearing on Screen Robot

Posted by Will Ooi | Posted in Gaming, Writing | Tags: , , , , | Posted on 13-02-2014-05-2008


I am now writing for UK-based entertainment website Screen Robot, so this post will be used to provide a collection of links to articles published there :-)

Full List:

The unending dedication of Mario Paint Composer – December 3, 2013

Football Chairman – a developer interview and behind the scenes look – December 11, 2013

Five lost controllers of gaming – December 19, 2013

The nine most memorable stealth sequences in gaming – January 22, 2014

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