Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Why I Don't Play Video Games





OK, my kids have been dying to start a Gamefly account ever since they got an X-Box 360 for Christmas, so my wife and I finally caved and set one up last week. The first three games in our que are; Arkham Asylum, Dark Void, and Left 4 Dead 2 (this one is for me only). Anyway, my oldest has been dying to play Arkham Asylum, but since it has an M rating, we have been hesitant, but I finally agreed that I would play it and preview it for him to see if it was too bad for him.

Well, not only is it not too bad (no worse than most T games I have played), it is FRICKIN' AWESOME!!! Which brings me back to my original point of posting this; I don't play video games because they are like crack for me - once I start, I always say that I'm only gonna play for half an hour, and the next thing I know, my wife is screaming at me; "what are you doing up there?!? Youve been upstairs for two hours!! have you been playing a video game this whole time?!?"

All of a sudden, I'm snapped out of a haze, and I'm like a UFO abductee experiencing missing time; "there's no way I've been at this for two hours!" And then I look at the clock and the sad truth is revealed. As a busy-body, I have an extreme guilt-reaction whenever I waste too much time watching TV, surfing the inter-webs (yes, I still say that), or playing video games. And as someone who is working from home, I have to discipline myself to avoid such temptations in order to stay productive. So while I do play and enjoy video games, I have to treat them like alcohol and only enjoy them in moderation.

But seriously, if you haven't played Arkham Asylum, you are really missing out! The graphics are so good it's like playing a cartoon, the movement and actions are seamless and smoothe, and don't even get me started on the "detective mode"!

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