Friday, June 12, 2009

The Game

I'm not much of a gamer. I play the occasional game of solitaire. Once in a while I play a game of Ages of Empires. But almost always when I have time to play a game it's because I'm waiting. Waiting for the noodles to cook. Waiting for the house hunk to get home from work. Waiting for a phone call back. And because I'm waiting, the chances are I won't finish the game because hey! It's a game--not life.

Now the house hunk is a completely different story. He goes to work. He takes care of his responsibilities. But when he's in gaming stops all around him. The telephone rings unanswered. Knocks at the door are ignored. Appointments are scheduled around the gaming schedule. I suspect that I would have to make my own 9-1-1 call if I had a heart attack because likely he wouldn't notice.

So I admit I don't quite get it. Sometimes I'll be playing a game, realize that I'm bored with it and shut it off. Once the house hunk saw me do that and I have to tell you--it took him days to get past that. "But how will you know whether you would win or not?" he would demand out of the blue.

"I don't care."

"But ..."

So for him to stop in the middle of a game is just impossible. He only actually plays his game a couple times a week, but the other nights he'll spend time planning for when he's going to play. It's a ritual that reminds me of soldiers preparing for a mission. Maybe it's a guy thing. Maybe they need a mission to plan and if they're not in the military, then this is a substitute. I don't know.

All I know is that I dread hearing, "I'm in the middle of the Game!!!"



  1. Oh this is a goooood one. Today I, don't talk to me from 7 on because I'm raiding. Um. Okay. Raiding.

  2. Yup. Yup. I know how you feel. When DH gets gaming do not disturb. That's when I sneak away and do some writing.

  3. The hh doesn't game but he's a rabid Bears, Cubs fan. Seems to be the same mind set.

  4. LOL...I hear this from my kids. 'Can it wait until I finish my game?'

    'Pause it and come set the table!'

    'Awwwww Mooooom!'

    However, do not interrupt me if I'm playing Rock Band, or Jeopardy:)

    I will get up from Trivial Pursuit or Scene's just a game...and the other players will wait for me:)

  5. I think you nailed it when you said they need a campaign to plan.

    Of course it's also a frustration release. My husband's usual comment when he stomps into the basement where the X-box lurks is, "I'm gonna go kill shit."

  6. I learned to love games from my husband. My family never played games together. We play games all the time. My kids are big gamers. A great way to bond!

  7. I don't get it either. I played once maybe 10 years ago for about 5 minutes and that was enough. And I still play solitaire with real cards.

  8. Wow...sounds like you've almost got it easy. Compared to my husband, the house hunk sounds like a dream when it comes to gaming. My husband runs a site dedicated to gaming. He spends countless hours playing games, recording game-play videos and publishing articles. It wouldn't be so bad if he didn't have to finish every game twice. I'm not talking silly arcade games, I'm talking long, drawn-out, role playing games. One after another.