Today I retired from video games.
I decided that there is no time in my life to accommodate time spent in front of the TV in my comfort zone when my new goals required me to be in my learning zone. For the longest time I have been tricking myself into believing playing video games is not a complete waste of time.
Some of the bold face lies I have been telling myself:
“It is relaxing!!” No it isn’t. To be honest it is extremely stressful at times because I play it to be the top player, not just to have fun. Even when I am the top player, people accuse me of cheating. Plus.. the campers! Don’t get me started on the campers!!
“I am saving money staying home playing Call of Duty!” No I am not. We spend more than $100 dollars a month on our internet to get the top of the line service. Why? Because I quick scope and internet speed matters. My headphones cost more than my PS3. Why? Footsteps, of course.
“It helps me improve my communication skills!!” FALSE. Most of the time I mute everybody and don’t say anything. Sometimes I un-mute to say two-three words… or just one word.
“It is OK. I play with co-workers. We are working on team building!” Nope. Do you think those guys want to go home and listen to ME telling them what to do in a video game? I say, “Ricky! Watch my back!” and Ricky shoots me in the butt instead.
I could go on and on… My first person shooter multiplayer experience was back in college. We used to play counter strike after basketball practice. But it all started on Wolfenstein when I was a kid.
“But dad, were you really into video games that much?”
Yes. I was. Earlier this year I stood in the rain to get a copy of Assassins Creed 3 at midnight on launch date. I told you your mom was supportive… and she really is. She stayed in the rain to keep me company. That day I bought the special edition of the game, a statue that is still in the box and a PS Vita Assassin’s Creed Edition.
I paid extra to get the previous versions of Call of Duty before launch date and played them non-stop for weeks. Your mom was living in Japan when Modern Warfare 2 came out, so I reached 10th prestige on that one. I know you don’t know what it means… well, it just means I had a lot of free time.
Your mom would also argue that it means I was a big dork.
No more. I am officially retired from video games. I am going to put this post under “family” because it means more time for your mom and for Sakura. I am also filing under “goal setting” because this decision is also going to free time for pursuing my other goals.