I May Need an Intervention!

in #steem-ua5 years ago (edited)


This past weekend was my long weekend off. Every other weekend, I am off Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. These are usually full of time spent with my wife and going to church on Sunday, but other than that it is a time to unwind and completely recharge. At this stage in my life, I definitely NEED the time to recharge, especially the months were I work night shift. Although this weekend was relaxing it was a bit busier than our normal weekends. I ended up getting a sushi tattoo on Friday night, gaming all night Friday and most of Saturday, and then we had new recliners delivered on Sunday. Then it was back to gaming all night so I could sleep today and work tonight. I know that sounds like an excessive amount of gaming, especially for a middle-aged man, but you don't understand.....you really don't.....let me explain.

I have been a gamer since a teenager and I have marveled at the evolution of gaming from the simple Atari to the beast PC gaming monsters available today. For ease of use and simplicity, I game on an Xbox One. It is a very relaxing way to unwind and allow my brain to veg out while I recover from 12 hour shifts. That is, until recently when I discovered a game that is a few years old, but that is instantly addictive.......Ark Survival Evolved.

What make this game so incredibly dangerous to getting anything else done in your life is their genius approach at tapping into the childhood psyche of men. They have harnessed elements that are sure to strike most men to the core and take them back to earlier, simpler childhood days. What little boy have you ever known that wasn't obsessed with dinosaurs? Right? None! Well, apparently, that obsession does not go away but stays sneakily hidden in the deep recesses of our subconscious waiting to be triggered by Ark! This game takes basic survival dynamics and couples it with brutal progression and the ability to fight against, tame, breed, and raise a multitude of dinosaurs. Did I mention they are RIDEABLE!!!???!!! The other brilliantly genius element to this game is that it is absolutely brutal. It is not in the least forgiving of mistakes or overconfidence. One wrong move in much of the earlier levels can wipe out hours and hours of "work". You start out basically naked and then work your way up to having the ability to forge better and better weapons. So far, I see no end in stopping playing and now that I am getting the hang of breeding and raising the dinos, it is getting insane! lol

So, am I an addict? Am I too old to be gaming so much? I think some days my wife thinks so.....but I don't drink, smoke, run around, or curse.....a little gaming vice isn't all that bad I guess.....

I know that this was very tongue-in-cheek, but gaming addiction is a very real thing and if you feel yourself escaping into gaming to avoid pain and responsibility of the real world issues make sure you reach out to someone you can talk to.

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I dont game to much, but every now and again I do fire up my PS4 and play a little, that game sounds pretty cool
MY current game is fry Cry New Dawn, I love this series it suits my style of playing I am not a super skilled gamer just have fun wandering worlds on far cry and trying and often failing at the missions LOL

This reminds me of the far cry primal game. I love that i play at my own pace.

I played that as well, they are good games to play to switch off from everything else going on :)

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....but I don't drink, smoke, run around, or curse....

Fess up. You've cussed a dino or two, now, haven't ya? It may have been somewhere under your breath but it still counts! 😆


lol "for we've all sinned and come short of the glory of God!" If anything lately has tested my religion it is this cruel, insidiously designed game!!!!

Gotta do something to relax mate :)

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Lol there are some worse alternatives!

O yeah there is.

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Hmm, yup you're an addict for sure. 🙂

Actually, I think I'm a non-gaming-addict. Yes, it's a thing! I actually have no interest in gaming at all. Still, I understand that you find it relaxing.

I once played Killzone I til my eyes were square, this was about 20 years ago I guess...Spent 2 weeks completing the game and I don't think I've gamed since. But...I didn't know there was a game about dinosaur's! Sounds legit. 😉

Hope all is well you way mate.

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I was the same way until about 10 years ago when a coworker got me to play modern warfare. When I realized I could kill people I know and work with, well sign me up! It was all downhill from there! Lol

kill people I know and work with...

Haha, this gave me a chuckle... Considering your job. ✅

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A fellow #steemusa member, lover of video games, AND a Tolkien quote? Upvote! Resteem!! Lol...

You're never to old to play video games in my opinion. I too, have been mashing buttons since I was about 10 (Atari, Commodore Vic-20)... I'll be 48 in June, and don't plan on stopping anytime soon. My son loves to play Ark: Evolved though I'm more of a Destiny, ESO: Online, Horizon Zero Dawn player. I actually whipped up a HZD post awhile back... if you'd like Check It Out Here

Cool post for sure... look forward to seeing your next adventure!

Missing you mate. Not that much though so don’t get a big head. 🤪 Where are ya?

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