It may look like guns and the Olympics are all I’ve been thinking about lately. But looks can be deceiving. I’ve actually been spending an inordinate amount of time this week playing Civilization V. It’s my latest gaming “discovery” (even though the franchise has been around since 1991) and has the huge advantage of being playable on my laptop so I can watch TV while I play (unlike Xbox or PC games).
Those who have played Civ (likely every other gamer in the world) already know it’s the world’s biggest time sink. None of that “I’ll stop when I finish this quest” or “Just 20 more minutes ….” There are always multiple things in motion in the game and multiple trains of thought. I’ve been up late (1:30, 2:00, even 2:30) more than once just looking for a good stopping place. After I capture Russia, after I defeat the invaders, as soon as I move my army over there, and while I’m thinking about it.
I blame my son. He got me into it. He got me into the whole gaming thing with Everquest, way back when, whenever that was. Unfortunately it been almost that long since he’s had much time to play for himself. (Wife, two kids, job, stuff like that.) When he does, it’s usually FIFA 2012, which I gave him. We’re enablers, the two of us.
Oh well, they say keeping the mind active is important for old farts. So this is a good thing, right?
(Okay, granted there are guns in the game. But it’s not the same thing. Honest.)
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