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The Power of WoW

July 19, 2012 — 3 Comments

 

I really didn’t want to write this post.

I debated it throughout the evening. But finally, I decided that I just needed to sit down and write it.

So here I sit.

I didn’t want to write this post because I really wanted to play a video game called Mass Effect 3.

I’m already drawn into it

I played the first Mass Effect game in the summer of 2008, Mass Effect 2 in January of 2010, and I just started this one earlier this week. I’ve totally loved every Mass Effect game. You can check out some of the reasons why I love the series in a post I wrote about Mass Effect 2, here.

For the purposes of this post, all you need to know is that the series is uniquely powerful because you make significant choices about the story that carry over through all three games. Because of the choices I’ve made in the game, I care incredibly about each of the characters and what will happen to them. So I’m dying to find free time to play it and see.

This isn’t the only time that I’ve been wowed by a game experience. Continue Reading…

Video games get the shaft.

Ok, so what began as something intended to be a short reflection on video games has developed into much more. Refer to part 1 and part 2 of this series to see where we’ve begun. Today we tackle a few more criticisms against video games.

5. Video games consume your life. This is a tricky subject. To be upfront, I’ll level with you.

Between the spring of 2004 and the fall of 2009, I played World of Warcraft for 400 hours. Yes, you read that correctly. 400 hours. Let’s break that down a bit. There are 24 hours in a day. I played World of Warcraft for 16.67 days. Think of it this way: over two weeks of my life were spent manipulating a series of 1’s and 0’s…

As I’m sure you are well aware, World of Warcraft is not the only game I’ve played. It’s not even the only game I’ve spent over 100 hours playing.

I tell you this to demonstrate that I definitely understand the criticism that video games can consume your life. They have consumed my life at times. Even still, I don’t believe that this criticism is valid. Here’s my premise: Continue Reading…

 

Video games get the shaft.

Of all the ways one can spend their free time, video games seem to rank the lowest of social acceptance. Think about it.

For the record, this episode of South Park was hilarious.

During football season, it’s common knowledge that many husbands will spend their entire Sunday watching their favorite NFL teams, not to mention that they spent Saturday watching their favorite college teams. March Madness occupies millions’ thoughts and time while they watch their bracket get dismembered.  We all can relate when somebody comes in the office, bleary eyed because they stayed up all night long finishing a gripping novel. Nobody has any qualms about asserting their unavailability on a particular night of the week when their must-see show airs. Even playing board games is considered a great, wholesome family activity.

So why do I feel like an embarrassed 12 year old when it comes out that I spent my Friday night playing video games?

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