I recently tweeted “I nearly jumped over the balcony of the last flight of stairs I was working down this morning. Definitely been playing too much HL lately!” I lied. I actually haven’t been playing that much lately.
In fact, I probably play less video games than all my visitors. I’m too obsessed with the site! I DID think about jumping over the balcony, but not because of the amount I had been playing, but because I can’t get HL out of my head.
The whole episode got me thinking about how much time we spend playing games.
In the last year or so, I have rekindled a love of squash. I felt it was time to get away from the keyboard and out into the open. Please ignore the slight irony of going into a sweaty, smelly court. I needed to rebalance my activities.
All around me, I “see” Half-Life. Random shapes that look like elements from the game, sounds, etc. I nearly bought a crowbar in a hardware shop last week. It had a blue handle, which is why I didn’t.
The point is that being this obsessed over too long a period of time is not good for me. But here is the contradiction. I want to spend more time playing and less time “mucking about” with the site. And once the new theme is online, I am going to do just that. PLAY MORE. Especially other games, but more about that in late December.
So, I ask you and I want you to be completely honest with yourself:
Do you play to much?
Don’t just think about HL, consider all the other games too.