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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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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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So I'm a Control Freak?

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One time, probably a few years ago, my wife offhandedly told me, "You're a control freak." She didn't mean much by it; it had to do with the now-forgotten context of that moment. Nevertheless it stuck in my mind.

It came to me again last night when I was finishing up the evening by playing Casino on my phone. I learned that game many years ago, but I never played regularly until now, so I have a lot of skill left to build. Meanwhile I keep getting surprised and blurting out things like, "What?! You cheating so-and-so! No way could you have had that card." (The rational, dispassionate version of that is I need to mentally count cards and assess the odds better.)
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Just a Kid with New Toys

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This morning I spotted yet another game on sale at GOG, AI War: Fleet Command. It had apparently gotten rave reviews, and it looked pretty great, so I bought it.

Then, just after checking out, I saw an ad for another game I hadn't heard of, Sword of the Stars Complete Collection. It also got glowing reviews, and I was out a few more bucks.

In both cases, I noticed I was pushing the limits of my CPU, so my next step was to install the games just to see if they'd run.
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Zeus and Blue Moon

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Apparently I like novelty as much as anyone. Often I tell myself I prefer traditional games and games I'm familiar with, so I ought to be happy sticking to a few that are tried and true. But next thing I know, I'm off sampling something else.

This past weekend, it was Zeus: Master of Olympus and Blue Moon (versus the Keldon AI, which kinda makes this card game a computer game).
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Full Circle

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Thanks to insightful comments from Luke and Marko, I seem to be making a major course change in my gaming career. That is, I'm focusing on a different kind of game now, and it promises to be rewarding once I've adjusted to it. I'm worried, though, that it might take me all the way back to my gaming roots.
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Defining It

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OK, so exactly what kind of game do I like? Every time I try to tell someone, my message seems to get garbled (judging by some of the feedback I get); so let me try to sort it out here, if only for myself.

I know many people wouldn't even ask themselves the question; the moment it occurred to them, they'd shrug and say they like lots of different kinds of games. I guess I like a few different kinds too, but my tastes don't seem to be all that eclectic.
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Moods--Who Needs 'Em?

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I guess I've made a lifelong hobby out of trying to decide which games suit me best. But every time I get it narrowed down, my mood shifts: suddenly I'm lukewarm on the game I recently decided I was passionate about, or else I'm now in love with a game I was indifferent to a few days before.

My quest would sure be a lot easier if I didn't go through moods or phases.
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