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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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It's Not Just Nostalgia

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I've been a fan of Good Old Games (GOG.com) for three years or so. At first I saw it as a chance to play favorite oldies and try some good games I'd missed the first time around. But it's turning out to be the best source of the kind of game I like best.
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Genres and Styles and What's Fun (At Least for Me)

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For some reason I've backed off on strategy games and spent a lot more time on RPGs lately. I never do anything like that without reflecting on it--and blogging as I reflect--so here goes.
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When the Heart Rules the Head

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I just came back around to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Planetary Pack again yesterday, and I've been reading a strategy guide on it. Pretty impressive article--go take a look, if you're at all interested.

Anyway, what's on my mind is how far I am from the writer's attitude, to say nothing of his competency. He's clearly a winner. Not only does he say so himself, but his article has all the earmarks of excellence.
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Reminders to Myself

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My life of game playing has given me a few nuggets of wisdom. If I could apply it, I'd be better off. Meanwhile, I'll jot some of it down.
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Where Are the Small Video Games?

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I'm getting exasperated. It seems like I've been on an endless search for a game that suits me, but I can't be that hard to please. When I think about it, what I want isn't much really.

Yet, apparently that's the problem. I don't want much, but video-game producers are out to satisfy all those other gamers who do want a lot. So every time I try another game, I'm overwhelmed by its size, length, or complexity.
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Maybe a Spinning Point

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Last blog post, I said I seemed to be at a turning point. I had pared down my active-play list to half a dozen games and thought maybe I was about ready to get deeper into one of them for once. But since then I've installed and uninstalled several games, trying them out and usually deciding against them. So maybe I'm just at my usual spinning point, where I go round and round and can't make up my mind what I want to play.
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Yesterday was some kind of turning point for me, but I haven't been able to make sense of it yet. Something big happened. But what?

For a few days, and especially yesterday, it seemed I just sucked at everything. I played six or eight games of Master of Orion 2, trying to relearn it, but--even though I was playing on Easy--I got overwhelmed time after time and had to restart. Finally, sick of the AI players ganging up on me, I played a two-player game. Thought I was doing OK there, until it came time to fight; then I noticed that my AI opponent had me so far outnumbered in Doom Stars that I didn't stand a snowball's chance.
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I wish I could quit putting myself into this situation, but I guess it's part of the endless quest for the ultimate gaming satisfaction.

What situation? The choice between two similar, high-quality games.
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Simulation Games and Me

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I'm mainly a strategy gamer, but when computer games first took off, I was an avid wargamer. That means that in my teens I had made the transition from games like chess to games like PanzerBlitz, from abstraction to realism. And to this day, I like both.

The arcade scene of the early 1980s didn't interest me that much until I saw games like Battlezone (1980) and Red Baron (1980/Arcade). If it hadn't been so expensive and inconvenient, I'd have really gotten into those games and others like them. But I had to wait for the PC version of Red Baron (1990) to come along a decade later.
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My Generation

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Credits: The inspiration for this blog post comes from this VGG article. And the title comes from this Who song.

So, what's video gaming like from the viewpoint of my generation?
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