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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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I'm Not Into Time, Man

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Anybody remember that Cheech and Chong line?

I could always relate to it; I've never been into time either. Clocks and calendars usually go against my grain or cramp my style. I manage to keep my appointments and meet deadlines and all, but I hate having to do it. I feel much better when my schedule is completely clear.

Lately, though, time is catching up with me, and that's making me revise my perspective.
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Paring Down Further

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Over the weekend I made some progress (I feel) toward bringing my gaming life into a good place.

For one thing, I got some confirmation that my style of gaming is probably outside the mainstream. Whether it is or not doesn't matter, but looking at it from that perspective clued me in on what I ought to focus on for my own satisfaction.
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Something to Cling To

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For me, games have often been a teddy bear or security blanket--a refuge from the hustle and bustle, the stress of day-to-day life. No matter what happened in the course of a high-school day, I could come home and lose myself in a wargame that afternoon. The game was absorbing, and soon all my attention would be on it; the rest of life could wait.
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Difficulties of Bringing Back the Day

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Most anytime I mention a video game I'm into, someone says, "Oh, I played that back in the day." Then the commenter goes on to say how much better or worse the sequel was, but that's all in the past tense too.

I'm not the only one playing older games, but of course the experiences I'm having are old news to many other gamers. They've been there, done that, and moved on.
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Conscious Gaming

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This is a follow-up to my last blog post, where I slapped my forehead and wondered aloud why I collect so many games. Maybe I've taken a step in correcting that: I made it through GOG's summer sale without making a single purchase. But now I'm carrying the thought forward a bit.
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The Simple Life

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I need to take a lesson from the Minimalists. I've subscribed to their blog for a long while, but after reading a few articles I started just deleting them when they turned up in my inbox. Too much clutter. Kind of ironic, huh?
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Foolishly Wishing a Game Would Fool Me

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I grumbled a bit on a GeekList this morning about my weekend experiences with Civilization V: Brave New World. Thought I'd say a little more here and maybe get it out of my system.

Basically, I had won a couple "duel" games on Emperor level (the second highest), and then I got puffed up and played a couple tiny-map games, where my butt was severely kicked. I went from thinking maybe I was pretty good at the game to feeling like a hopeless failure.
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Buying Is a Lot Quicker Than Playing

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For a long time now I've been thinking it's great that the price of older games has dropped so much. I had given up on so-called abandonware and been too lazy to install DOSBox and try to run the CD games I have lying around, so GOG was a dream come true. For a couple dollars I could immediately get right back into playing games I used to love.

Just recently I discovered that Steam also offers deals like that sometimes. That's where I went to buy an X-COM bundle (now GOG has it too, so I could've waited and had everything in one place, but oh well).
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Growing Older and Pickier

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Some time ago it dawned on me that I wasn't into board gaming the way I used to be (and I blogged about that). That was OK, because now I could spend more time on video gaming without regret.

However, now it seems time is catching up with me again. Video gaming isn't quite as wonderful as it used to be either. It could be just a passing phase, but I'll bet it's more than that.
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AI Companionship

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It's an old theme, but I guess it's alive enough in my life: robots don't make good companions.

When it comes to video games, the main draw for me has always been the single-player option. I've loved games all my life, long before I ever saw a computer, but getting other people to play has always been a problem. So, if I can play a game all by myself, great!
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