Achievement

Gaming is a strange mistress; a double-edged sword if you will. It’s a storytelling medium, just like film, but unlike film, most video games require massive investments of both money and time. Money and time that some of us just don’t have to waste. But still we play. Why? Because we simply cannot help ourselves.

I’ve been gaming – a lot – since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, since the NES first hit shelves and was considered nothing short of a powerhouse gaming system. And I’ve never looked back. Over the years, many people have asked me “why do you still play so many games, you’re 20/21/22/23/24/25/26/nearly thirty”. My answer is always different and almost always a lie, not just to the questioner but to myself.

And the worst lie is the one we tell ourselves. I’ve been thinking back over my gaming career and I realised that gaming makes me lie to myself a lot (see, calling it ‘my gaming career’ is in and of itself a barefaced lie – I’ve never earned a single penny gaming and highly doubt I ever will). And I know for a fact that it’s not just me either. So then, naturally it seemed the next logical step in the though process  was to write a piece on the very subject.

So, without further waffle, let’s dissect and discuss the 10 biggest lies gamers tell themselves (that I tell myself, some on a weekly basis). Be aware, the truth hurts, but I say what I say out of love. Honest…

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This article was first posted on November 19, 2012