Now that spring has started to grace us with nicer weather it is starting to become more difficult to want to plant myself in front of a TV or monitor for hours of gaming. Also, over the last few weeks I have found my interest in ‘new’ releases to be less than prime for commentary or even some sort of review. Why? Frankly, because video games have become rather dull in their current state of shooting guns or scoring touchdowns based on some sort of twitch reflexes. While most gamers rarely have a difficult time setting aside a few minutes/hours during the week for their favorite titles; it becomes increasingly frustrating to see the days get longer and temperatures warm up and have a desire to stay inside after a cold winter.
There are a few solutions to this conundrum.
1 – Open The Windows and Doors – While this might seem obvious, there is a lot to be gained from having some fresh air come into your gaming area. Just considering some of the basements and man caves in which I have been an invitee, they should sometimes be referred to as a ‘Stank Zone’. Give your gaming domain a chance to air out and in the mean time you should also consider recycling all of those Mountain Dew cans and throwing away all those White Castle bags.
2 – Walk or Ride a Bike to a Friends Place – I grew up in the country (cornfield, Ohio) but that didn’t stop me from walking to my neighbor’s house 1/4 mile away to play some Tecmo Super Bowl on his SNES – even during the winter. Give your car or your parents’ car/drive time a break and walk if you can to game out for a bit. Hanging out in person opens you up for other gaming as well (that is coming up)
3 – Tabletop/Card Games/RPGs – Until recently I had never really experienced gaming from any other perspective than on a video screen. I have started to put more time and effort into playing Magic The Gathering. While games like this are for a relative niche group of gamers, I would highly suggest to any of my fellow/former jocks to give these games a fighting chance. I grew up in a home with caring parents that were sometimes confused as to what some games really entailed. To make this clear for any of you out there that are reading this as a concerned parent – Magic The Gathering is NOT a tarot card game. Dungeons and Dragons isn’t satanic… and yes, you might need to lighten up a bit.
One thing that can be stated about the types of games in item #3 is that it will allow many gamers/nerds/geeks to feel like they belong to something. Being a geek can be a lonely title, but when you are building decks based on your own creativity and growing knowledge or slaying dragons with friends there is something gained that takes away all of those lonely moments.
Take this nicer weather as an opportunity to get some fresh air, walk around your neighborhood or socialize and meet new people in the process.