Hosted by Acts of the Apostasy
This Is The Video Game Edition
One of my hobbies/vices/timesucks is video games, or any variation thereof, like PC games and on-line MMORPG’s (Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Game). Yeah, I’m a geek. I admit it.
I’m trying to cut back, truly I am. But they’re always there, calling out with their sweet siren song of seduction – come play, they call! Only for a few scant moments! And then, hours later…
I’ve always liked playing games – ever since I was a kid, playing board games with family and friends, such as Risk, Monopoly or Sorry! (and tweaking the rules to make the games more interesting and challenging), and Scrabble with my dad.
Then, after getting married, we got our first PC, and the first game I installed was Myst. What a great game! Unlike anything I had ever seen at the time. Yes, I solved the riddle (but never got into the sequels). For whatever reason, I’ve never gotten into the first-person shooter games, like Call of Duty and whatnot – I’ve gravitated towards the strategy and solving games. Oh, and some of the sports ones too (mainly EA Sports NHL and PGA).
Lately, the timesuck of choice has been Lord Of The Rings Online. Beyond the stunning graphics and great storyline, it’s just cool to be immersed in Tolkien’s world of Middle Earth. From Bree to Rivendell to the Mines of Moria to Rohan – there’s a familiarity to it all. And while I wouldn’t classify other on-line players as ‘friends’, there is the opportunity to interact with other players that helps make the game more enjoyable, giving you the feeling that you’re not playing alone.
In fact, with many MMORPG games, you can play with your real-life friends, and with voice-chat, actually and not merely virtually interact with them. Younger Son does that while playing Minecraft with his friends (which is a pretty neat game – just not one that I play). Other parents and I have noted that this is just a different way of “playing with friends” – not meant to be a substitute, but merely a supplement.
One rule Mrs LarryD and I have held fast to, is abiding by the age-level recommendations on the games for the Sons. Which caused, of course, many battles worthy of any video game, as they felt it was totally unfair that their friends played Teen and “M” rated games (I won’t even play the M-rated games) while they weren’t allowed to. Tough toenails. This was especially harder for Younger Son, but over time, he has accepted his fate of being born to “over-protective” parents who dislike the first-person shooter games like Modern Warfare or Battlefield 3. He thinks he won’t survive, but we’re pretty sure he’ll make it.
And besides, it’s been learned that mass murderer Anders Breivik played such games for hours on end to perfect his shooting skills. What if my kids ever go to Norway? Parents have to think of such things.
Those who played (or still play) Age of Empires will appreciate these -
Go here to read more.
Now it’s your turn – write your own 3½ Time-outs Tuesday post, steal the pic at the top, and link back to this post by clicking on the Blue Frog, and follow the instructions. It’s easy, painless and free. So join the Posse – especially you guys. This is the testosterone version of 7 Quick Takes. Your Man Card gets punched when you participate! Progress takes time, and revolutions aren’t born overnight. We set a record last week with 12 submissions! Let’s keep the momentum going and reach the pinnacle of Catholic Internet Meme superiority!! Viva la Posse!
(Because of a formatting quirk with WordPress, the links don’t show up on this page. You have to click the Blue Frog to see who’s participated. But that’s not so hard, is it? So write up a post – I’m interested in what you have to say!)