If you're familiar with this blog and me, you can tell I tend to have an obsessive personality. I have a habit of liking/loving things and immersing myself in it. This can be movies/TV (cough, cough, Star Trek The Next Generation series) which I will watch over and over again, books I read non-stop, or things/ideas I feel the need to research and collect. Have you ever read the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck? Well in the novel, Lennie accidentally kills his puppy while stroking it, because he loved it too much - he loved that puppy to death.
Well, I'm not that extreme. I'm not killing anything... I'm just saying, I have a tendency to love things a little too much. Sometimes I worry if my obsessions are healthy or not (probably not, but I can't help myself)... Anyway, where was I... oh yes, why I was gone.
In May, I purchased my first video game console in over 15 years. I've never been a real gamer, it was a vice I tried to avoid. I was old school and would occasionally play my Nintendo NES.
Me enjoying Kid Icarus
I did play World of Warcraft for a couple months straight last year, but that obsession ended pretty quickly after I got stuck in a weird place in the game and didn't have a real motivation to do anything else. I should have joined a guild or something. Oh well...
So I purchased an XBox 360. Not just a regular xbox, noooo, I got the Star Wars edition. I'm not really a big Star Wars fan, but the nerd in me couldn't resist when the sales guy at GameStop told me it was a limited edition, with a gold controller and the only one left in stock.
The box pre-ripping it open
I don't really know why I wanted an Xbox. I guess I was feeling a little bored and felt I wanted something to do that would waste large amounts of time (my life isn't that exciting). Anyway, since I was bored and wanted a good game I can sink my teeth into, I did a little research on the popular fantasy role playing games and discovered Skyrim.
So at GameStop I asked the clerk for the game and his face turned serious and said, "I have to ask you a question." I replied, "sure."
He said, "Do you have a job?" I was a little taken back by this and wasn't sure where he was going with this but I played along and said, "yes."
Shaking his head he said, "Then I can't recommend this game for you." Shocked, I told him to explain. "I must warn you. This game might cause you to start being late for work and possibility loose your job. It's that addictive." He then went on to give me example of other customers who became victims to Skyrim.
Little did he know, his warnings only made me want to play the game more.
So I purchased it. And well, all other things stopped. I wake in the morning, go to work, return home and play Skyrim. That's it. Seriously. That's all I did for like two months straight. I would occasionally leave the house and go to a movie on a Saturday or Sunday (but that's only a couple of hours), but that's it. I just HAD to play Skyrim. Here's a nice video that explain what happened to me:
Yeah, once you purchase the game you will easily knock out 30-50 hours of game play within the first couple of weeks. I'm not even sure how many hours I've logged, you see I've accepted I'm addicted, so it doesn't matter and I don't care if you judge me.
But now, I think I can handle my Skyrim addiction. I have the motivation to do other things, my obsession is still there, but I can tolerate not playing for a day or two. No biggie. It only took me two and half months to reach this point. But hey, it's one day at a time, right?
Look at that controller. So goooold, so shiny. How could you resist playing with it? But there was some down sides to my obsessive game play. I haven't read many books, and I feel really bad about that. I joined the GoodReads Reading Challenge and promised myself to read 52 books this year and well, I'm 8 books behind schedule.
And to make matters worse, I arrived back from lunch at work one day and look what I found sitting on my desk:
Yup, the world is conspiring to make me a hermit.
But! This time I will fight it... I will continue to blog and on occasion leave the house.
See you soon friends.