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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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My Video-Gaming History

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I was just thinking about TV, movies, games, and computers, and it led me to review my video-gaming past. I think it goes something like this:

(c. 1965, at age ten) Games were played on tabletops; TV shows were viewed when aired.

(c. 1970) Abstract games and lightly themed family games gave way to realistic wargames which brought slices of military history to life on the tabletop (but mostly in the players' imagination). These games were basically just elaborate chess variants, but I loved 'em.
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I just finished playing my first mission (and part of the second) in Battle Isle 2, a twenty-one-year-old game. The whole series was available at GOG.com for a few bucks, and it got positive reviews (though all GOG games seem to, so maybe they just have good shills), so I decided to take a peek and see what I missed out on years ago.
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Panzer General and Its Offspring--and GOG Galaxy

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As I mentioned last time, I just bought the GOG version of several "General" (or "Five Star") games. Since my purchase, I've been playing them quite a bit--all of them!
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Is the Past Overrated?

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I just bought a few more video games from GOG.com:
Fantasy General
Panzer General II
Pacific General

I played FG when it was new, and at the time I couldn't get enough of it. It was just what I wanted in a game, and I enjoyed it for hours on end.
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So, I finished Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast and was pleased about that--pleased enough that I moved on to Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and also went back to make a little more progress in Planescape: Torment.
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I don't remember when I started playing Baldur's Gate (with the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion), but it must've been months ago--maybe over a year. Two years? I'm not sure. But at any rate (specifically, at the varying rate I played), I got to the end of it yesterday.
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I guess I'm probably not the only gamer who's inconsistent in his choices. But for some reason, I've always wanted to be more consistent--to settle on a type of game that I like and stick with it. It just doesn't work out; I always get my fill of one kind of game and turn to another.

My latest change is from TBS games to classic RPGs--Baldur's Gate (I and II), Fallout, and Planescape: Torment. I had read good things about these games, so I bought them on sale at GOG.com, figuring I wouldn't be out much even if I didn't care for them. Right away, though, I was hooked. I found the games pretty cool and didn't want to stop playing.
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Active versus Passive Gaming

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"Don't just sit there like a bump on a log. Get up and do something!"

My dad used to say that to me sometimes when I was a kid. Left to my own devices, I'd usually choose to stay in my room and read, play games, or daydream. I could work hard and do reasonably well when I had a job to do, but without obligations or deadlines pushing me into action, my preference was for what others would perceive as inactivity. In short, I was lazy.
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Am I having fun yet? Am I utterly overwhelmed yet?

A few days ago I bought yet another pair of games from GOG.com: Imperialism and Imperialism II. So far I've just read the manual and tried the tutorial, but the games look promising.

I still remember when the first one was brand-new. I liked that it was set in my favorite historical period, but I hated that it was so focused on economics. All my free time was being taken up with other games anyway, so I passed.

If I had any sense, I'd have passed it up now too--for the same reason. But now I'm starting to get into Imperialism, and that's taking time away from my getting further into all the other games I've bought.

How to be selective?
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Are 4X Games for Me? Only If I Make Them So.

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I've been playing end-to-end games of Civilization V: Brave New World lately, ever since I (belatedly) bought the two expansions and other DLC. But at some point in every game, I catch myself thinking (or even saying aloud), "Man, this is boring." So, what's with me? Why do I do it? And would some other kind of game be better?
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