The Gaming Tag

After all this posting about my history with gaming, which was spawned by my decision to stop almost all gaming (save for casual, social stuff, and Mass Effect), I noticed the tag “gaming” in my tags cloud is head and shoulders above all the others.

I suppose that makes sense. Now that I’ve front loaded my blog with all that gaming content, it reminds me it’s something that won’t just disappear from my mind overnight. Building up a repertoire of blog posts about other topics will take some time, and I look forward to the day when a different topic overtakes gaming. It will have symbolized much more than just a number of blog posts, but a fundamental shift in my everyday focus.

So BRING IT, gaming tag! I’ve got your number (of posts)!

Is it cheating to not tag this post with “gaming”? I mean. This post is about writing other stuff…. so… there!

A History of Gaming: Part 37

On 12/4/2011 I decided to stop gaming. Today, I conclude my History of Gaming series which began after the original announcement.

The End of the Beginning

It is not the end. It is not the beginning of the end. It is the end of the beginning.
– Sherman the Robot, Millennium (1989 film)

That sentiment reflects my feelings after I quit gaming. Gaming has been a huge part of my life, and I want to regard it as such. It’s the end of one era for me, and the influences games have had on my life and voice are readily visible in my creative expression (to me at least).
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A History of Gaming: Part 35

We’ve come full circle, back to the sequence of events that kicked off this entire series – my decision to quit gaming.

Full Stop

I tried to limit myself with Hero Attack, which worked fine, but I just replaced it with other games. After a couple weeks of this, I recognized a different solution was required.
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A History of Gaming: Part 34

Holding Back

Hero Attack was proving to be a really fun mod with great replay value. Once again, I had a game many friends enjoyed and we could talk over Ventrilo while we gamed. Games usually were between 30 and 45 minutes, so there wasn’t a huge time commitment to finish one game.

Still – I felt like I was spending too much time playing.
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