“It’s harmless” is what I would often say to myself. “It’s just a video game.”
I won’t lie; I’m going to miss talking about video games with random people I meet out and about. The gaming subculture was my terrain for so long, but it had to stop sometime.
I took a friend up on a casual bet: No video games for 30 days.The wager?I pay him every time I play a video game, but the bet stacks geometrically every time there is an infraction. Ouch. For example: the first infraction would be twenty dollars. The next would be forty dollars and so on and so forth. If there is one thing that drives me more than my yearning to play video games it is my love of money. I hate forking over money needlessly, so that helped a lot. It was a gentlemen’s agreement, but there was more at stake than just money. I want to be a man of my word, and that means not lying to myself. I didn’t play a game at all and while it wasn’t a particularly hard thing for me to accomplish, I’m still glad I was able to go through with it.
Why this Challenge though?
According to my mother, I’ve played video games since I was 13 months old. Unlucky number, huh? I’m 25 now, so I’ve played video games for as long as I can remember. I don’t like the idea of doing something without first arriving at the idea that it was my choice. It’s almost like they were forced upon me without my knowledge.It wouldn’t be so bad if video games actually had some end; I’ve spent thousands of hours of my life that I’ll never get back. As a kid, I enjoyed writing, but video games always came first for me. Who knows what could have happened if I had taken my writing more seriously? That is to say nothing of my martial arts and the countless other hobbies I forsook in my quest for levels? Essentially, what I’m getting at is that video games are a huge opportunity cost. You get virtual rewards, and maybe, just maybe, if you’re good enough you can become a professional, but the gaming scene is tempestuous. How many professional gamers are able to continuous keep afloat of all the changes and still remain on top? Many of the people making money are the streamers, contest organizers or the announcers, not the actual players.
How did I survive?
I would like to pretend that this was a really tough challenge so that I might receive some adulation, but it really wasn’t hard. After 25 years of gaming, It just gets boring. Plots begin to all seem the same, characters that should be fleshed out just stick to archetypes. It was just another grind and I’m glad to be turning in my joystick.