About 10 years ago, I was one of those goofballs you see on the evening news waiting outside a store at midnight around Black Friday for the “big new thing”.
Our son was excited for the debut of the Nintendo Wii U game console that was being released that night. I got there at about 9:30 PM and waited for the store to open for a few hours. It wasn’t terribly cold, but brisk enough that everyone was bundled up and some people were sitting in sleeping bags on lawn chairs. It was quite a sight.
I got the game console that night and it was his Christmas gift that year. He got us all involved in it and it was fun for our whole family. We played Mario Kart, James Bond, and a number of other video games over the years. When our son left for college – right after I retired from work – I was sad to see the Wii U leave with him.
For my birthday the next Spring, my wife and son surprised me with my own Wii U console. It was loaded up with all of our favorites, and also some Star Wars and Marvel games. I thought, “This is awesome, but I’m probably going to become a gamer in early retirement!” I wondered if I would evolve to spending hours and hours sitting in the dark downstairs playing shooter games by myself.
The funny thing is that my addiction to video games never really developed. Not a bit. I used it some when we first got it – even hooking it up to the big TV in front of our treadmill for exercise. Still, I didn’t use it much. It didn’t ‘take’ with me – even during the pandemic ‘stay at home’ time. I guess whatever ‘gene’ younger folks have for video games I was missing.
I recently dusted off the old device and fired it up for the first time in a few years. I’m going to try to get back into some of the strategy / platform games I used to enjoy. Maybe I’ll talk my son into coming over and playing a bit. Even though I’m happy I didn’t become a hard-core gamer, I feel like I am missing something I could really enjoy.
Do you have video games that you play regularly, or is that for a younger generation? How much time do you spend on them?
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