Reality of video games
I'll never run a real team, but I can own a cyber one
Posted: Monday April 9, 2007 12:57PM; Updated: Monday April 9, 2007 12:57PM
By all rights, it was a sports weekend that should have kept me from firing up my PlayStation 2. Tiger had the lead on Sunday in Augusta, even though a guy who dresses like a tourist won the green jacket. ESPN showed spring football practices and accidentally gave Bob Davie an open microphone. The Braves took two out of three from the Mets, restoring order within the NL East. The NHL regular season ended with a shootout and a playoff slot at stake, while MLS kicked off for yet another go-round. Even Tony Soprano and Vinny Chase surfaced to provide a few minutes of levity.
But I still squeezed in some quality time with my PS2. Late last night I even carved out an hour to assemble a soccer team made up of my friends and co-workers and enter my side in the English Premier League. I'm pretty sure there are taxes and other things that needed doing around my apartment, but I have my life's priorities ordered very specifically. And for me this weekend, winning the treble was more important than filling out a 1040.
Two people recently told me, independent of one another, that they don't "get" video games. These are people of my generation, so it's simply not possible that they don't understand the concept of video games. To them, video games are a distraction that borders upon indulgence. Even worse, they probably buy into the stigma that video games are played by nerds or losers. (They aren't! Promise!)
To me, this was just ignorance from my friends. Because for sports fans, being a video gamer is a completely valid -- and perhaps even indispensable -- lifestyle choice.
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