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It seems to be part of my nature to reflect on all my experiences--even the hobby experiences many people consider trivial. And I reflect best when I'm typing. So, here are some of my thoughts on games and gaming. Enjoy them if you can, comment if you like.

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So That's Why I Play Games

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I just had a fight with my wife this morning, and as usual it led to our talking about things we normally leave unsaid. And in the process, I learned something about myself I hadn't realized before.

In this case, it was how big a role anxiety plays in my life. I haven't normally thought of myself as an anxious person, though I'd sometimes half-jokingly call myself a worry-wart. I figured I was a pretty carefree guy. But maybe I'm not that at all. Maybe I keep up a happy-go-lucky veneer to cover up how deeply anxious I am inside.

And what does that have to do with games?
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Sometimes Old Is Just Old

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I rediscovered https://www.classicreload.com the other day, and I've been browsing around, playing some favorite old games that I thought I might never see again--games I haven't seen for a quarter of a century in some cases.

Each time, at first, I thought, Wow--this is amazing! One of the best games of all time, and I thought I'd never get to play it again, but here it is.
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Competition--I Don't Get It. Somebody Explain It to Me.

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For some strange reason, I've loved games with a passion all my life. Even before I was old enough to really know what games were, I was curious about them and wanted to get my hands on them. And I've never shaken that pattern.

But there's one essential aspect of games that has always either puzzled or frustrated me--competition. Or, as some prefer because it's more general and less personal, conflict.
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Avoiding the Lure and Dealing with Shame

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My (sun) sign is Pisces, the fishes. That shows up in gaming because I'm always chasing after shiny lures with little regard for the consequences.

Yesterday I had a few disappointing experiences with Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword, and I took refuge in YouTube, where I spent some time watching videos about other games. One that caught my attention was Dominions. I ended up watching several videos on that game, and before long I wanted to buy it. Today I still do. The only thing keeping me from it is that I won't have a credit card for a few days, due to a recent case of fraud.
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My Kind of Game

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All things change, but there are some rocks in the stream that change so slowly as to seem stable and permanent. I find such rocks in my gaming life.

One is the strategy game. I'll call it that for simplicity, as I think it will call the right thing to mind for most people. I don't particularly like the term "4X game"; I remember reading the article where Alan Emrich first used it, and it seemed catchy but a little off the mark--and it still does, to me. Though it's not spelled out, I like whatever definition of "strategy game" the Rock Paper Shotgun people used as a basis for this top 50 list.
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Studious Games--What's the Point?

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Some games (e.g., shmups and platformers) are fun, and some (e.g., RPGs and adventure games) are immersive. Then there are games (e.g., Civil War II and other strategy games) that are studious. Of course, some games are two or even all three of those things. But lately I've been playing some studious games and wondering why.

On one level, I know why. It's because studious games are the only ones that feel worthwhile to me. On rare occasions I might play Mario Kart DS just for fun, for a little while. I also have an ongoing game of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn I need to get back to before I forget where I was at and what I was doing (though I'm sure continuing to follow the walkthrough will help). But to me, those are just diversions; aside from countering boredom, they don't do much of anything for me. In contrast, when I play Civil War II, I'm studying history and exercising my mind--and to me, those things always seem important.
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Maybe I'm Still That Whiny Kid

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Remember when you were a kid, and another kid you knew was always kind of whiny--hypersensitive and unable to catch on to games very well? You weren't so great yourself, but you'd flit about and evade or bash the enemies. But this other kid was slow and clumsy, and he'd overreact anytime he suffered some little setback. Maybe you felt sorry for him and tried to console him. Or maybe you just shrugged him off and got on with your gaming life. In any case, you probably left him behind years ago (unless he was a relative or close friend) and never gave him any further thought.
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Learn to Play Before You Review a Game

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I was browsing through some reviews in Steam, and I came across a comment that rings true but makes me wonder. Apparently Endless Space got a lot of negative reviews, but then one reviewer pointed out that most of those were from people who hadn't taken time to learn the game. And he called that practice childish.
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Are you an introvert or an extrovert? And what do you understand that question to mean?

It's not as simple as it looks. Even leaders in the field of psychology are still digging into it, trying to understand it better.

Many people go with the common idea that introverts are reserved and extroverts are gregarious. But that's only half of it, at best.
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It's the Gamer, Not the Game

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I'm remembering a lesser-known Rolling Stones tune, "It's the Singer, Not the Song" (which, I just learned, was inspired by a bad old movie of the same title). But of course I'm thinking of it in connection with games, because games are the main thing we talk about around here, right?

Well, in my opinion, it's not actually. But you may disagree. Many evidently do.
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