I’ve been gaming quite a lot lately. Work has been a bit crazy, and for me, gaming is the best way to unwind. There is nothing like a bit of demon killing (those glory kills on Doom work a treat) or scaling up buildings and getting my assassin on, as a way to kick back and let the stresses of the day melt away.
However, when you have an unwavering love of the gaming variety, you should be aware that there are side effects.
I’m talking about the tiredness.
You know when you’re gaming and all you can see is the red on the back of the lids of your eyes and a tiny postbox-syle bit of the game. Though this also comes with the satisfaction of a game completed and the echoes of victory spinning around your brain for hours (days) afterwards.
Or how about the claw hand?
I remember having the fine motor skills of a crab with faulty pincers for several hours after an intense tournament session of Street Fighter 2 on the SNES back in the 90s. However, claw hands are sometimes sexy…right???? (I’m going to go with yes, yes they are!).
Or maybe even the nightmares.
I went through a very Super Mario obsessed phase. Seriously, if I was awake I was attached to the DS determined to make my way through all the levels. Game after game, coin collecting level after the other, I played and played and played. I lived, breathed and loved Mario. That was until it followed me into my dreams and Mario decided to go full psycho. He spent the whole nightmare chasing me across levels with the intention of smooshing me like one of his Goombas. I can tell you, not the best night’s sleep I’ve ever had.
And how about what you wear?
Apart from the intense NEED to buy all the cool merch you can get your hands on (I mean who doesn’t want a nice Portal shirt telling everyone the cake is a lie?), you may also find yourself dressing like something from one of the games you have recently, or are currently playing. For instance, Sunny pointed out to me yesterday that I was looking very assassin-like. This is mostly because it’s Autumn and weather dictates that I be cosy in a hoodie, but also because my love for Assassin’s Creed has trickled into everything in my life, including my wardrobe.
I will say this though, gaming is awesome and I will take any side effect that comes along with it, as long as I can have zombie killing breaks, spend days solving puzzles and free run through new worlds. Yep. This is the life!
Have you noticed any gaming side effects? If so let me know. Let’s share. Pretend we’re in Gamers Anonymous (I promise I won’t tell!).