In addition to the whole "shoe whore" issue, there's something else I need to tell you...

Thursday, May 04, 2006

I love video games. Really love video games.

I suppose it started when the ColecoVision entered our home in the early 80's. Then the Atari. Then the Nintendo. Which became the Super Nintendo, and then the Nintendo 64, with a gameboy thrown in the middle there and now, here is my little purple crackpipe- The Gamecube.



Some may argue for the other systems available, but I am a hardcore Zelda fan, so no other system will do. Me and Link have been together since his first scrawny pixalated ass hit Hyrule. Some love Mario. Meh. He's OK. But Link, with his little elfin ears and Ocarina of Time? Come to me, Lov-ah. The Masks? The Wind Waker, when he became a small anime character? The Four Swords where he was cloned into Four Links?



Truth be told, other lov-ah's have entered onto Links once exclusive domain. The Sims (2), for instance, are in heavy rotation these days. They took over for Animal Crossing which held me captive for 6 months. And Harvest Moon 2? Could I run from the Christmas tree faster, clutching my copy, to lock myself in my bedroom for hours of uninterrupted virtual farming?

"But Mommy, it's time for Christmas dinner!"

"I'll be out once I harvest this crop of tomatoes! And milk the cows! Start without me!"

Dark Alliance held me for a bit. I liked killing the zombies. As did Final Fantasy - cool things to kill - magic spells to learn. Woooo-Hoooo!

To my motherly credit, I try to play only after child is in bed. That being said, I will play from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., when I realize Daily Show is coming on. I also try not to get "shooter" games - where I kill real virtual people. You know, I'm cool with slaying a troll or flaming bat, but a pimp from New York? Uh. No thanks.

There are certain "people" in the house, who detest the video games. Said person would throw them all away, if he/she could. This person also doesn't know the difference between Saruman and Sauron, so why should I listen to them?

Now leave me alone. I have some Sims to control for I am their lord, and they shall obey.

22 Baleful Regards:

Mignon said...

Whoa. And I thought I knew you. This changes eeeeverything!

C.ELLA said...

I didn't see that coming. A video game junkie. You and Roy boy (my husband)could play together. He's an Xbox 360 man and no one is allowed to touch it unless invited. The boys have a game cube though so I'm sure he can speak your language. He does play games that kill people, but he's very reserved and doesn't have a blog. I figure virtual is better than picking off morons from his office window.

madge said...

I know we talked about TOTAL honesty, but, um, maybe we should re-think...

Dawn, I don't know how you find the time. You craft, you read, you blog, you kill trolls. Really, you ARE a superwoman.

another gamecube-loving mama said...

You need to get Chibi-Robo. It's awesome, you will love it!

Marcie said...

I know the difference between Saruman and Sauron. Does that mean we can be friends? I have played video games since I was in 5th grade. I was a Mario addict in my teens. Now my husband and I play when we have the time, mostly games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill. I figure out the puzzles and where to go, he's the one that does all the killing of zombies. My daughter is a big Harvest Moon fan, it's kind of like 4-H.

Jaelithe said...

You are so making me miss my Gamecube. My ex-bf (the one pre meeting my husband) got it in the breakup. Which really was only proper, since he loved it more than he loved me anyway (he managed a video game store, and I think he actually wanted to live there).

I used to be SO addicted to Animal Crossing . . . I love getting letters and presents from anthropomorphic animal creatures with huge heads, don't you?

At least I can still play DDR on my PS2 (even though I suck at DDR), and fantasy RPGs on my PC . . .

I have been on sort of a two-year gaming hiatus since my son was born, though. Being that he barely sleeps, I've come to the conclusion that I must use the few precious hours of child-interference-free time I get every 24 very wisely. They are therefore usually taken up by working, sleeping, folding laundry, or voraciously surfing the internet in a pathetic attempt to feel connected to the adult world.

(Seriously, how DO you find time to game on top of everything? Do you have a maid?)

Dawn said...

Psst, the secret? I have a SAHH. I know, right? He IS the maid, and cook and child care provider. Except for right now, when I am pimping him to the man to get my money.

Andrea said...

I was just wondering how you have the time, myself. You braid rugs, cross stitch, read, blog, play video games... Except for the video games, you're me, only with a SAHH. Though if you put a Game Boy in my hands with Tetris on it, I become a drooling zombie with lightning fast fingers and don't even think about asking me to do something. I won't. You're not in the room with me. There is only Tetris and my thumbs.

Boliath said...

You lucky lucky woman, I would be thrown into the street were I to play games for 3 hours of an evening, see here:
http://boliath.blogspot.com/2006/03/wtf-is-up-with-blogger-sims-addiction.html

I so want Animal crossing but I don't have a Nintendo, or an XBox or even a Playstation, yes that's right, a game addict without my tools, I have to make do with PC games, free ones at that. I find most of theme here: http://jayisgames.com/

Fraulein N said...

You are SO speaking another language, except for the Sims love. Also, I think maybe I could be down with some pimp slayage.

TB said...

I did love me some Venture and Donkey Kong and Ladybug back in the Colecovision days. We have an X-box and several shooty-war games like Halo and Band of Brothers. I've never played it.

Nancy said...

I have virtually no hand-eye coordination when it comes to the video games. J wants to get a system so he can play me in NHL Hockey, but I laugh -- why would he want to constantly win?

Nah, I'm safer with websurfing and blogging -- point and click, baby.

But I am indeed amazed that you have this previously unknown talent. You really are a Renaissance woman.

Jess said...

You! Are such an unabashed geek. I love it. As you know, I can geek out with best of them, but I don't play video games. I have a feeling that once I started I would never be able to stop.

sweatpantsmom said...

I tried to play Kirby AirRide ONCE and almost threw my arm out of its socket.

I have to stick to the Old Lady games, like Ms PacMan and Tetris.

But as a service to all of us, I really think you should devote a small portion of your BlogHer lecture to GameCube basics.

jen said...

Hey Shoe Ho,

check it (do I make you proud?)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/68939463@N00/140950679/in/photostream/

mama_tulip said...

I love video games. Super Bombliss all the way, baybee.

My word verification is "theho." How did it know?

E. said...

I was way into Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac Man, and Frogger back in the day, but have not gone near video games since high school. I do find the idea of Sims fascinating, though. Scary, too: the addiction risk too high. I have enough trouble keeping my ebay addiction under control, and managing my daily rationing of chocolate (which, however good it may be for your heart and even your teeth [!] is still not an acceptable subsitute for a meal, at least not more than once a day).

Lisa said...

What would Vlad say? Hmmmmm. :-)

Buffy said...

Every time I visit America I go to WV to see my grandparents and spend vast amounts of time at their local use-to-be Dairy Queen playing an old Atari Pacman.

Loves it.

Lena said...

Okay. I want! I need!

I'm still rockin Mario on Nintendo. Which I LOVE, don't get me wrong, but all your games made me salivate. I love exploring the possibilities of lazy fun.

Elizabeth said...

Fellow videogame fan here! I love all the Zeldas, the boys and I play Super Mario Sunshine, Chris and the boys play Baldur's Gate. I prefer RPG's to shooting games. Bring on the collecting gems, solving puzzles, completing tasks and saving the princess at the end!

mothergoosemouse said...

That's so cool. I had no idea. We don't have any game systems except this one.

Kyle usually plays World of Warcraft, and I blog or do Sudoku or MSN games.

P.S. Word verification is "vwlhor". I didn't know you were a vowel whore!

 
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