Video games. My greatest foe right after books and right beside sci-fi and fantasy movies. I don’t use the word addiction lightly but yes, I claim that my adoration of video games has been an addiction. Not to the point that I have withdrawals or that I get angry if I can’t use the consoles or the PC. No. I lose time. LOTS of time. I remember in high school, back when Kingdom Hearts was out. I stayed up late playing that game. Ended up turning at 3am only to wake up at 530 to get ready for school. Then there are the fighting games. Things are as such that Grendal and I have a house rule: We are not allowed to play against each other, and I am not allowed to play against another human. I know, sounds harsh but I seem to get a violent temper. This is not to say that I go out and punch/kick/maim people. No. My temper flairs and I start cursing like a sailor and I get so wound up. This ends up with me needing a moment to cool down, either by stepping away or watching something.
I have gotten better.
I still play my games. Both Grendal and I keep track of time when either of us get into a game(he can play for hours on end and not realize either). Video games are an outlet for us. We mod our games, delve into their lore, and pour over the artwork. Hell, it was thanks to a video game that we met(Halo series, yo!).
My most recent addition has been the Mass Effect series. I know, late to the party but that’s how I am. The hype has died down and I can play without much of an issue. And I did. I tore through it and loved every moment. I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to punch the Illusive Man so many times. Same goes for Miranda. I love the series and the choices they give you. The ability to be ‘good’ or ‘evil’ and the fact that your choices effect the game all the way to the end. I was a Paragon my first time through. Now I’m going through on a Renegade run.
It’s harder than I thought it would be.