Unadulterated Arrogance

Friday, February 18, 2005

Grown men and their games.

Ahem ahem, I don't mean those kind of games, I was referring to computer games. As an adolescent, I have had more than my share of computer games and enjoyed every bit of it. But now I am 26 and still am an avid gamer.  I was looking up freudian theories to see the cause of this dysfunction for I am told that , 'only kids play computer games'... so I was more than happy to read the news of American G.I's playing with their consoles when away from the battlefield.

An adult gamer is one who has dedicated endless hours to gaming as a teenager and through his college years. However, the adult gamer now has grown-up responsibilities, from employment to family obligations to keeping an active social life - IDGE, Publisher of Gamestar Magazine

I started playing my first game on the Atari, then migrated to the Commodore 64, then a NES system and the rest is history. Over the years I have played a lot of games and I would like to outline my all time top ten games.

  • 1. Neverwinter Nights
  • 2. Syndicate
  • 3. Warcraft III
  • 4. Sam and max hit the road.
  • 5. Age of empires series
  • 6. Need for speed Underground / Porsche Unleashed
  • 7. Flashback
  • 8. Call of Duty
  • 9. Day of the tentacles
  • 10. Mortal Kombat series

It is however ironic that most of us adult gamers can now stop drooling over the latest gaming gadgets and games and can actually buy them but alas we can't spare time from work to actually play the damn thing to our heart's content ... sigh!! That's life I guess.

11 Comments:

  • Being a Psychology graduate , I don't like Freudian theories much.As of what I have noticed, most of the things made for kids are enjoyed more by adults. Be it games,shows on TV,cartoons,comics.. I guess the child in us remains through out of our adult life and gets active in our old age.old people when not cranky are soooo cute just like small kids :)

    By Blogger wookie, at 2/18/2005 01:52:00 PM  

  • Some of his works are the 'freudian slip' is pure genius... how can you dispute that...

    and you are right, old people are like little kids too, hey doc. talking abut old people, my grandma was just like that, a little kid; still have not gotten over her demise, whats the docs advise?

    By Blogger injinuity, at 2/18/2005 09:45:00 PM  

  • Good post. Games are a thing of my past due to time considerations. We leave a lot of the good things of childhood behind.

    I remember saving my change to buy candy at the drugstore. Twenty years later, in the same store, I saw a little boy counting up pennies and nickels while drooling in the candy aisle. Funny how, by the time you can afford something, you don't want it anymore.

    By Blogger Steve, at 2/19/2005 02:43:00 AM  

  • I think it`s the same kind of thing with pensioners. A lot of people born in the 1950`s and lived through the sixties are now completely different to grandparents born in the twenties and thirties. They had the social revolutions and rock music which is vastly different to their predecessors.

    I say enjoy the games man. Whatever makes you happy :)

    By Blogger quaisi, at 2/19/2005 05:35:00 AM  

  • I remember Pong coming out and it blew my tiny mind. Since then I've seen Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Galaxian, right through to Halo and Medal of Honor. Which makes me 40, and playing video games about as often as I did when I was 15. I grew up with video games, they just get better, so why stop.
    If it's of any relevance I hold down a perfectly repecable job, and I have a wife and I'm mid-way through an MBA. Video Games won't make you blind, or a loser (unless you get pwn3d) you need not be disfunctional, you can be regular person and it's all just fine. So chill.

    By Blogger David Fanning, at 2/19/2005 03:31:00 PM  

  • Hey thanks guys, well atleast I am not alone eh?... hmmm might just go and splurge on some games now.... the urge to splurge now is quite overwhelming..have a feeling that today when I get back home I shall have a few games up my sleeves ..err in my briefcase I mean.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 2/20/2005 01:33:00 AM  

  • If you loved her so much, I am sure she is with you even now. Her essence will remain with you as long as you want it to. Just think of her as being in a different place physically but in you spiritually. I am sure she must be having a gala time there. Where ever she is- she must be smiling at you and watching over you, all the time.Don't let her going away block you emotionally,lest you forget the happy moments spent with her. I am not too good at advicing.HOpe this helps. Think of her as your gaurdian angel in heaven,trust me with your arrogance you need one ;)..*peace*

    By Blogger wookie, at 2/21/2005 09:45:00 AM  

  • thats what she always used to say. she would say that she would have to watch over me to make sure that nobody kills me.... peace eh?... haven't heard that one since the days of M.C Hammer.... anyways thanks wookie.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 2/21/2005 10:51:00 AM  

  • true true

    im horrible at video games so i play miniature war games.

    By Blogger Master Foley, at 2/21/2005 11:18:00 AM  

  • Hmmm... I think every body is a kid at heart. Even arrogant little / big ones ;-)

    Growing up is an every day process. No body is truly grown up or mature 'fully'. As long as we understand that each one of us is still growing ...its fine.

    The frustration is when there are norms and expectations. A 21 year old is expected to behave like a 21 year old and when s / he does not then s/he is termed immature ...

    So, who sets these norms? Who knows exactly how a 21 year old should behave and a 31 year old should? Every one of us has been till this day trying to live up to somebody else's yard stick. What I find is no one has his or her own yardstick. maybe, if we knew what we want ... things'll be different. But even there - there are problems. Some other day, some other blog ;)

    As for grandma, wookie was kind to u, so I have to be the one to give you the knock. Well, young man Grandma definitely would not like you to sit and sulk - she has been here for you she helped you LIVE your life, taught you things and in a way made you the man you are now. So, be man get over it and show her that she brought up a man she can be proud of. Dont be sulking like a lil boy.

    I guess that's enough! I would have loved to say those lovely things too she's up there watchin you ... but you see someone has to tell you not to keep looking up always. Look in, look inside you and you will find her there. So, smiling again after that hard dose ?

    Have a lovely week. See ya on Thursday. By the way, keep playing those games - Its hard to find men who know to play a game or two and have a good time without feeling guilty about it. Its Nice.

    By Blogger Loveena, at 2/24/2005 10:28:00 PM  

  • well am still at it playing with these games... today had a friend of mine over.. he is into his early thirties... so I don't feel that old playing hahaha

    By Blogger injinuity, at 2/25/2005 10:25:00 AM  

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