Whenever other males in their 20s bring up the topic of video games I give the same reaction I would have if surrounded by women talking about how attractive the mole on Enrique Iglesias’s face is. I am more comfortable talking to a pretty girl than I am to a nerd about video games, which says a lot because pretty girls make my spine tingle with fear. So why do I, a male in his mid-20s from a generation of video game addicts, dislike them so much?
1) I suck at them
Why spend time doing something unproductive if you can never be the best at it? This is my thinking when it comes to video games. So much time is devoted to playing video games by others that I know. I could never beat these people at these games. The only two video games I have ever beaten without cheat codes are Civilization and Echo Junior, a game designed for elementary school students. Small parties I have been to where playing Xbox is the main attraction have never gone well for me. In the video game world I am left running around in circles throwing grenades hoping one kills somebody. In the real world I am left sitting there wondering why I am friends with people I have nothing in common with.
2) I always received systems too late
In fourth grade another student and I teased a girl for getting a Super Nintendo when Nintendo 64 was already on the market. This was ironic because I too had just received a Super Nintendo system that same Christmas. Receiving video game systems later than the height of their popularity humbled me into not caring as much about these entertainment systems. While friends talked about how great the graphics were on PlayStation, I was still trying to rescue Princess Peach in the original Super Mario Brothers.
3) I have better things to do
Video games have no reason to be played in my life. There are enough television shows to watch on Netflix to waste my time before moving over to wasting it with video games. More so, I like to stay productive. At least with a television show I can justify it as research for writing my own material. I cannot do the same for video games. Then there are the necessary things I already put off like cleaning or speaking to another human being. Video games would detour me from these even more.
4) I would become too addicted
When I love something it is all I think about. Just ask any girl with a restraining order against me. And then please let me know where she relocated to and what her new name is. I become very addicted with any hobby I may take up. The few video games I have become fond of over time took up way too much of my life. The games entered my dreams. My daily life was curbed because I needed my fix. The same way an alcoholic cannot even go near a bar I cannot go near anything fun because it will ruin me.
5) I get too nervous
The same way I get addicted, I get too invested. ‘Resident Evil’ was a game I would play that would have me clawing at my own skin. Not just scary games do this to me. Any game where I get so deep into the atmosphere will make me tense up and become incredibly nervous whenever things fail. The worst is when extra lives are not constant or everlasting. Games where dying is no big deal and re-energizing takes place are easy on my heart. It’s when I die and have to go back to the beginning again when this becomes a major problem. Video games should not cause stress or feelings of self-loathing. If I cannot kill a bad guy for weeks I feel like I have failed at life. I already feel like that. I do not need a video game reminding me.
6) The story is already written out for me
A big part of why I like writing is because I get to create the story. For a video game, the story is already written out for me. The same could be said about books or movies, but at least with those two I never get stuck at level three for two weeks. Video games these days focus heavily on the story to the point you feel like you are watching a movie. At least this is the excuse girls tell people when they say they spent their Saturday night watching their bum boyfriend play video games all night long. I would much rather experience a boring unpredictable life than a scripted video game. It’s less stress on the thumbs.