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All Grown Up And I Brought Gaming With Me

The gamer life, as children, regardless of our upbringing, we view the adult life as freedom.  Freedom to do what we want, game as long as we want, eat what we want, sleep until we want, and buy what we want.  We become adults and we understand that the aforementioned freedom is actually the freedom...to pay our bills.

Adulthood does have perks.  We buy our own M rated games, pick up as many bags of Doritos (Cool Ranch) that our wallets can afford, and we have our own debit/credit cards for purchasing downloadable games on our own whims.   

I eagerly await a gaming themed retirement. 

Between personal and professional responsibilities we take care of our lives but as gamers we look for those moments where we can plug into our gaming.   

I am an adult (according to society).  I am a gamer.  As an adult gamer, I...

This is what my mornings look like minus the palm trees and the sniper rifle and the tattoos.  

...wake up at 4:00 AM in order to game for 30-90 minutes depending on the morning's schedule.  Before I am deemed utterly crazy (I prefer to say that I am "dedicated") let me explain.  I work 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and I live with my girlfriend of nearly 6 years as well as our 1 year old puppy.  After making dinner, spending time with my girlfriend, occupying the puppy, watching a bit of television, addressing any work that accompanied me home, and participating in any non-gaming interests the night has begun to creep dangerously close to the time that my alarm will awake me for work the next day.  Realistically, I will not get any gaming time in the evening.  Forgoing early morning sleep is completely worth uninterrupted (key word!) gaming time.       

I do not own this pair of pajama pants...yet. 

...pack an overnight bag and the choice of pajama pants are between Gears of War 3, Guitar Hero, and Angry Birds, either regular Angry Birds or Christmas themed.  My options are somewhat polarizing, I definitely need more pajama pants options.  Admittedly, I do prevent judgmental pajama pant moments by packing lounging sweat pants too.  My t-shirts solidly establish my nerd cred.

One day I will own all four (courtesy of teeminus24.com), the first will definitely be Leonardo. 

...go on a business trip and my supervisor states that casual clothing is fine, then looks at me again remembering my t-shirt collection due to our office's casual Fridays policy and states that I must look "like you're going to work."  Most of my t-shirts are actually superhero themed including a fun Pittsburgh skyline dubbed Gotham (The Dark Knight Rises was filmed in the 'Burgh) bought from the same website of the pictured t-shirt above.  However, I keep looking for that perfect Mass Effect t-shirt.  For the above mentioned business trip I packed a solid color button down shirt but wore colorful socks. 

Please no swarms of rats, pretty please.  

...my Outlook calendar that I use for work includes the dates of my preorder releases.  I just added March 5, 2013 for Tomb Raider and I am following the information for Remember Me in support of heroine driven games as developers plan their next generation titles. 

Anyone successfully incorporate that patch into clothing worn in public?

...excitedly mentioned my upcoming preorder at work until a generous coworker drove me to GameStop on my lunch break because my transportation is the bus.  The saintly act was for Mass Effect 3 because I was increasingly and irrationally worried that my collector's edition would be given away due to the shortage of the edition.  Upon arriving back at work I even briefly wore the included N7 patch. 

The Witcher 2 was my gaming choice during my birthday last year.  Somehow I eventually switched to Fallout 3 and never completed the game.  Oops.  

...give myself a video gamed themed birthday present every year.  I take a personal day off from work, order pizza (last year I ordered Pizza Hut) and I have a video game marathon day.  Just me, pizza, my video game chair and all of the games I can cram into one glorious day.   

The pirates at this outpost did not put their garbage out for pickup.  Instead, they played poker.  Their significant others are surely fuming. 

...typically have difficulty with online gaming because online gaming requires uninterrupted (there's that key word again) game time.  Gaming plus real life side missions such as taking out the trash, rescuing the dog from his misadventures, or updating the grocery shopping list just is not the same.  Hypothetically, I could have once really wanted to play Mass Effect 3's multiplayer.  During a match I may have died (it happens) and I may have been asked to take the dog outside to conduct his business.  Upon taking the dog outside, possibly with my headset on (technically a FM system that links my hearing aids to the television's sound), I heard the next round begin.  Whether or not the dog completed his task was immaterial as I whisked both dog and I back inside in order to play.  This is all hypothetical of course. 

Arson made safe and encouraged. 

...love my girlfriend.  I love gaming.  Surely we can all live in harmony.  My girlfriend appreciates that gaming in important to me and she enjoys occasionally gaming herself.  She even set up her own Xbox Live account when I bought my Xbox 360 and she adores the convenience of watching Netflix on the television via the Xbox app.  I enjoy sharing gaming with her.  She abhors dual analog sticks requiring simultaneous control of character movement and of the camera.  Therefore, even games designed for co-op, such as Borderlands 2, she does not want to play.  I have searched diligently for nontraditional co-op opportunities in order to game together.  TellTale Games' The Walking Dead was my first success.  She sat on the couch while I played and she offered advice during the puzzles but never, ever suggested a narrative choice because the game was "my" play through.  When we finished the final episode, all she could say was, "Are all games like this?"  Now, she is completing her own play through but I am not allowed to watch.

I began looking for another game to play together.  Little Inferno, a darling of the WiiU and PC, was recently ported to iOS.  The game is simple.  Place items in a fireplace and set the items on fire.  My girlfriend loves puzzles but those dual analog sticks prevent her from enjoying traditional console games and its puzzle games extraordinaire such as Portal.  In Little Inferno the items must be burned in correct pairs based on clues in the pairs' titles and each item has its own burn animation with accompanying sound effects.  The items are accrued through a mail order catalog and a minimal narrative is expressed through letters.  I showed my girlfriend the game to gauge her interest and we now play together by taking turns coming up with a suggested pair.  A quick note, the game's cut scenes, and thus far we have only watched one, was not captioned.  Normally I would not continue such a game but my girlfriend filled me in on what I missed and as a game we are playing together, I will play to the end.   

A couple days ago, a co-worker who is a recent college graduate remarked about how her boyfriend does not contribute towards cleaning their shared apartment.  We commiserated over a recent television show in which a pair of male co-workers live together but one uses the other's coffee travel mug despite a clear name label and uses old t-shirts as hand towels.  After a confrontation and a montage of a group clean up, the two happy fellows play video games together.  My co-worker remarked that her boyfriend said, "But after he cleans up he gets a friend to play video games with!"  I offered to come over and play games with him, after he completed his chores of course.  She gasped, stating that she was more than willing to play Crash Bandicoot. Our significant others are willing, and wanting, to play with us.  We just need to meet them half way. 

Adulthood may not be the magical wonderland that my younger self envisioned when my mother yelled at us to turn off the Sega Genesis.  Grown up I have new gaming opportunities and the freedom to wake up at 4:00 AM in order to game, if only I could wake up at 2:00 AM and survive.  I have tried and, believe me, that wake up time does not impress your boss.  Plus, adulthood has given me video game themed pajama pants.

Thanks for reading!  This past week has witnessed a veritable smorgasbord of fantastic blogs.  I appreciate all who took the time to peruse mine. 

For the adults, do any of these experiences sound familiar?  Or has gaming impacted your adult life in other ways?

For the minors, what do you anticipate changing most in your gaming habits after the law claims that you are an adult?

What games do you play with your significant other? 

Anyone else own themed pajama pants?

 

 

 

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