Game Addiction… It’s Real!

People can become addicted to many things. Some addictions are good and others can be pretty harmful.

This is where I pose the question: Where does gaming fit into that equation?

I can’t help myself sometimes! Sometimes its the only thing I do all day. Not that I don’t have other things to do, but I get so involved that I forget what time it is. Many games do this to me, however there are a few in particular. 

World of Warcraft is the first on that list. Yes, I’m a girl and I play WoW! I like it! I’m not the only girl who plays either. I know many more! It’s a game where you sort of get sucked into the story line. If you don’t know the story line, then you start to become interested in it. I don’t know all about the story of what happened to who and how who got there, I kind of just play the game.

I play a healer the majority of the time, at least that’s what my main toon is. She is a Night Elf Restoration Druid. If you know the game then you know what I am talking about. If not, I’m not going to say  “go play it”, only cause the game is not for everyone. If you want to try it out, be my guest, fare warning, it’s addictive.

During the summer I stopped playing because my kids were here. I knew it would be a huge distraction for me and I didn’t trust myself to just not play it. I could be playing in the morning and then 2 hours later not realize I had not eaten breakfast yet.

I got my husband to play it with me, but he much prefers first person shooter games. I like first person shooters as well, however I get really nauseated if I play them for too long. Something about the movement of the camera. 

In fact, some friends of ours from Florida have a LAN party once or twice a year. Now it has turned into a WAN party since we moved. LAN is Local Area Network and WAN is Wireless Area Network (I believe. If i’m wrong don’t hesitate to correct me. My husband is the computer guru, not me.) We all set up computers, connect the network together and have one massive game play on either Battlefield 3 or 4, Call of Duty, or Unreal Tournament which is what started the whole thing. It’s pretty fun really! 

The other games I am addicted to is Star Trek Online, Star Wars the Old Republic, and all my Lego games on the XBox. I’m not nearly as addicted to these. 

I have to admit that I have a desire to play WoW again. Lately I have found that I get bored pretty quickly, only cause there is not much to do anymore. I have 4 level 90’s (highest level you can achieve at this point) and nothing else to do until the new expansion. I could work on a quest to get my legendary cloak, but gosh darn it, it takes forever! Oh well, it would be something to do. 

With all this, I find that my addiction has lessened dramatically since I first started to play. I guess this is a good thing as I’m not on it 24/7 anymore. When I do start to play again, I hope it will stay that way. 

I mean, a girls got to eat right?

Two Truths and A Lie

I love playing games. It doesn’t matter if they are board games, video games, computer games, card games, or party games. I enjoy planning, being strategic, and having fun with friends. Last night, Steve and I headed over to Brentwood (30 minutes away) to spend the evening with friends. We had amazing chicken curry for supper and this tasty strawberry cream dessert. We drank tea and wine and had a wonderful time. We also told jokes and played a couple of games: Two Truths and a Lie and Balderdash. I stomped the competition on Balderdash. It was a blast.

What I would like to do with you today is play: Two Truths and a Lie. The concept is simple. I will make three statements. Two of them with be true facts about me and one (obviously) will be a lie. You can make your guesses in the comments and sometime this weekend I’ll come back and announce who has won! (Friends that know me well and family need not apply!) If no one responds, that’s okay too! I’ll still tell you which one was the lie!

Here we go…

1) When I was a teenager my dad and one of his friends was teaching me how to water ski. They told me everything EXCEPT that when I fall, I must let go of the handle. My first attempt I barely got up before I face planted into the lake. I held on for dear life until I had swallowed what felt like the entire lake. On the verge of drowning, I finally let go. I have never attempted water skiing since that fateful day.

2) While attending Mt. Hood Community College I was a member of the school paper, “The Advocate.” I was in the Journalism program and enjoyed creating a weekly newspaper. Within one term I was promoted from a staff writer to the Editor and Chief of the paper! I was most excited because that came with a full scholarship.

3) There was this one time in Mexico that my family and a few other people were swimming in the ocean. We had noticed a boat coming to shore but ignored it. Before we knew it, we looked over and right near us was a bunch of sharks circling. The fishing boat had just cleaned out all of the fish they caught right near us and the pool of blood was attracting the sharks! Needless to say we got the heck out of there!

Feel free to reply with two truths and a lie of your own for me to guess! Best of luck!

~Kay