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Monday, May 5, 2014

It's a Funny Old Game

I'm not what you would call a 'gamer'. Living as I do in a house where reside three teenage boys, all gamers of varying degrees, one gets exposed to things that make one scratch the ol' noggin.

Now, I have played video games, but I am afraid that I have not progressed past Wii Sports, but my favourite video games are Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 and 2005 on the GameCube, and Mario 64 on the N64. 

Xbox games like Call Of Duty, Borderlands, Minecraft etc., just leave me cold. Similarly, not being a football fan, games like FIFA 14 do nothing for me. But that is what the favourite ones seem to be, at least in our house.

Sometimes, if there is no decent TV on, we have been subjected to watching one of these games being played on the big TV in the living room. And even though I'm a fairly tolerant chap, I am afraid that even more dull than playing a game I hate and would never in a million years sign up for, is watching someone else do it.

But wait! It gets worse.

There are on the Interwebs a whole bunch of videos on various sites showing people's games that they have played on Xbox Live or whatever with their inane running commentary and stupid jokes. And to me, that's just the same as watching your children play a game you wouldn't play. Here's an example of what I am talking about.

Now I dunno about you, but to me, that is almost as stimulating as a Dionne Warwick CD.

Also there is a site called twitch which seems to specialise in lots of live streams of these ultra-nerdy-geeky type things. I just don't know how anyone can sit through these for more than about a minute.

But sit through them they do. Our lot watch them on the iPad while chatting with a friend or two on Xbox Live and playing a game. For hours and hours.

Don't get me wrong. I know that there are plenty of people out there that totally get off on these. They would probably find blogging, cooking, photography etc., i.e. all the things I find interesting, a total bore. I am mature enough to admit that this is purely my opinion, no more or less, and there is no right or wrong here.

So what is my point? I don't know. I suppose I'm just letting you all know that there are two sorts of people in the world. Gamers... and the rest of us.

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