Remember that episode of Friends where Chandler wants to quit the gym so Ross goes with him as moral support, and in the end neither of them quits? Well, that reminds me a lot of video games. We constantly (as gamers) hear from our friends, blogs, and other web sites all of the nitty gritty aspects to games that makes them unappealing. Yet we keep playing them. We complain about mechanics, developers, decisions, and everything under the sun – and yet we keep at it. Of course there are reasons for continuing, it’s not all doom and gloom, but I think one of the major ones is that it’s simply habit. If you’ve been playing a particular game for five plus years it’s REALLY hard to just stop. Suddenly you’re left with ‘free time’ where that video game used to be. So you fill the gap with another game. A few months down the road and you’re back to your old game wondering why it was you ever left in the first place. Or perhaps you’re one of the stronger type who don’t ever return, finding that the grass really IS greener on the other side.
The whole point of this rant? Some days I wonder what it would be like if I were NOT playing video games. Then I remember the friends, work, and experiences I’ve had because of them. I don’t think I’ll be quitting any time soon.