This Halloween I promised myself I would pay extra special attention to the amount of gaming inspired media

For the first few (read: 6) hours before Halloween evening, I did what most gamers would do: got into the occasion by playing some Halloween inspired games, such as the Nazi Zombie mode in Call of Duty: World at War, and the Living Dead Double EXP playlist in Halo 3. An epic moment was when I, playing as a human in Halo 3, strung a chain of headshots on 5 zombies. I also found an epic strategy in Nazi Zombies involving the Wunderwaffe DG-2, the Ray Gun, and some Monkey Bombs.

After those idyllic hours had passed, it was time to get ready to go trick-or-treating. Yours truly went as Scarecrow from Batman Begins. It took a while, but I added the final finishing touches to the mask. I was now ready to scare some kids.

After walking the streets for a while, it was clear to me that this wouldn't be a gamers Halloween. Besides a mass of licensed characters like Batman or Spiderman, there wasn't a single game-related costume or decoration anywhere. I would have lost hope if I hadn't gotten so much candy to cheer me up.

(Tip: Older gamers, as long as you look and sound like a kid, you can go trick-or-treating without shame. Just wear a mask that covers your face.)

Finally, there it was: a pumpkin carved in the shape of Raccoon Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3. I went up to the house and, surprise, they gave out some of the best candies in the neighborhood: full-size chocolate bars.

Finally, it was getting dark, and my kid brother, whom I was escorting, was starting to get tired. He decided it was time to go home. I agreed, mostly because I had no choice. Besides, I had already gathered enough candy to guarantee myself a sugar rush for half of the next year.

Once at home, I still didn't want to get out of the Halloween spirit, so I assigned myself to giving out candy to trick-or-treaters. Every time a new batch came, I would always play a new trick on them. Whether it was hiding in a corner and suddenly emerging, or pretending I had no candy left, fun was had by all (but mostly me). Then, I saw something else. A kid(dressed up by spiderman) was being escorted by Master Chief! Finally, a concession to us gamers.

So, in total, I saw a total of two game-inspired Halloween pieces that night: Master Chief and the Mario pumpkin. A disappointing night, but it's a start.

P.S. In case you're wondering, I got a load of full-size candies. No, I won't tell you what neighborhood I'm in.