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Confessions of a Reluctant Video Gamer

I was in my twenties when video games arrived on the scene, so to me a game is something you play on a board or with cards. But despite my best efforts to resist, I've been drawn into the electronic madness. A selection of my experiences can be found here. Feel free to comment, if you like.

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Time for Reevaluation

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This past weekend I did a lot of video gaming and learned a new game or two. But by the end of it, I felt curiously overwhelmed and dissatisfied. I resorted to my old standby, Master of Orion, but even it took a bad turn and left me unsettled.
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Sports, Puzzles, and Games

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Aha! I think maybe I'm closing in on an answer to my lifelong confusion over sports and puzzles versus (tabletop or video) games. For years I've insisted that I hate sports and puzzles but love games. But that has often left others wondering what I meant; and when I'd see the blank looks on their faces, I'd start wondering myself.
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A Delightful Gaming Getaway for One

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Over the years it has been very common for gamers to talk about "desert island" games--which few games you'd love to be shipwrecked in paradise with. That topic pulls me in every time, because it's pretty much my whole motivation for gaming. Always has been.

In fact, it seems odd to me when people in those conversations insist that they'd need fellow gamers on the island. To me, that drastically changes the whole picture. Getting away from social interaction is a big part of what makes me daydream about the desert island in the first place. If we're talking about board games, I can see wanting an opponent (though there are plenty of good solitaire board games), but "single-player" is the primary way of playing most computer games--and my main reason for playing them.
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Steering Clear of Whatever Spoils the Fun

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I don't know why I play games. I'd need a shrink to tell me, and maybe even that would only give me a small piece of the picture. But I do know that games are fun--or can be--and I like fun.

Every now and then, though (more often than I'd like, for sure), I'll be playing a game and suddenly realize I'm not having fun anymore. So I like to take note of whatever's spoiling the fun so that I can try to avoid it in the future.
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Is Gaming a Way of Life?

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I've been surprised by some of the replies to VGG threads I've tuned in to lately. It sounds to me like there's a small (?) contingent of video gamers for whom gaming is not just a casual pastime or absorbing hobby, but a way of life. I don't know what these folks are like offline, but the impression I get from their posts here is that they not only play video games for many more hours a week than even I do, but they also identify with gaming the way Bruce Lee identified with martial arts or Steve Wozniak with personal computers.
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A Few Experiences and Many Thoughts

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I don't know yet what this blog post will be about. Let's just see what crosses my mind.

I played some games yesterday, looking for some happy experiences, and I got a mixed bag.

At lunchtime, I whipped out my handy-dandy DS Lite and resumed my Advance Wars game. I was playing a Dual Strike scenario, and when I left off, things hadn't been looking good. Now they got worse.
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The Compelling Illusion of Achievement

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The more I explore, the narrower my view becomes, it seems. Lately I've opened myself to trying games--and types of games--I'd always purposely ignored. But although I'm getting the "coolness" factor of these new games, I'm also finding they don't really suit me.
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The Fear Factor

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Chris Crawford wrote, long ago, that one reason people enjoy playing games is that it's a safe environment. You can meet challenges without risking anything. That may be so, but I find that fear still keeps me from playing games.
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A Tyro's Impressions of Four RTS Games

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Did you have to look up "tyro"? I don't think it's used much anymore, but I first saw it in a wargaming magazine, decades ago. It means novice, newcomer, newbie, or noob.

Anyhow, I'm new to RTS games--except that in the late 1980s or early 1990s I played The Ancient Art of War, which some say is the first RTS game. A few years later, as I understand it, Dune and Dune II came along and set the standard for the genre.

I don't know these games well enough to say anything intelligent about them to a group of experienced gamers. So I'm going to just ramble a bit and report how the games I've tried seem to me so far.
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Which MoO for You?

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Last night and this morning, I played three short games of Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares. I did it mainly just to add another point to this GeekList, but I also wanted to revisit the game. For years I've been hearing about how much better MoO2 is than MoO1.
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