In honor of Groundhogs Day
Gaming is great because playing is great. As you get older you will hear people say “I don’t play games,” well here is me telling you those people aren’t living their happiest life. You don’t have to invest in a $500 console or join a guild to enjoy gaming, just finding something that puts you in a state of play is an overall positive. But sometimes things get out of hand and a game starts to rule your entire life. When that happens it might be a good thing to step back and reassess how much of your energy you really want to be giving to a game before you really let it own your life.
The OG console Tetris is one of the finest achievements of videogame design in the history of the industry, it helped lay the foundations of what gaming has become. The cell-phone version is a life-stealing menace that will have you forgetting the world around you and striving for that perfect line. The game will suck you right out of the subway and into your phone and before you know it you have missed your stop … by two miles. Nothing but love for Tetris and it’s overall contributions to the gaming world, but can they please give my soul back?
World of Warcraft
When grown men are willing to sacrifice their relationships with their children over a video game I think it safe to say that videogame is a life stealer. WOW became such a time suck for so many that to the casual gamer its entire reputation is based around it’s wildly known ability for sucking people all the way in. World of Warcraft is an absolute achievement in so many facets of gaming, but it is also a game that will have losing hours of your life in front of the computer screen.
Dungeons & Dragons
It’s the OG RPG and it’s still stealing lives away in 2020. Dungeons & Dragons has been an all-encompassing role-playing extravaganza since 1974. It is a terribly fun and imaginative game that has been enticing nerds to retreat into their own fantasy for more than four decades. But, I guess they need to put so much of themselves into the game to shield them from remembering the god awful movie their beloved game once spawned.
Many gamers might consider the inclusion of this game blasphemous but they might not know the amount of time and effort a certain kind of dude-bro puts into franchise mode. More than one person has sacrificed a job, friendship, or relationship in pursuit of the perfect NFL season in John Madden’s classic NFL video game franchise, and it doesn’t make them any less gamers because they do it in football jerseys. For these digital grid-iron warrior their lives are just like EA Sports, it’s in the game.
Unless I’m mistaken, I believe you just lost “The Game.” If you don’t know what I’m talking about I suggest you stop reading now, but if you do, then you know how maddening it is. If you hate yourself enough to have continued reading, the game is essentially a personal mind game. The object of the game is to not think about the game, and if you think about the game you lose. I have been playing the game for nearly two-decades and like the first person who told me about it said back in middle school, once you start playing there is no going back … Welcome to the rest of your life playing the game.