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THE IRONIC GAMING THINGY. SITUATION.

04 June 2005

So many games still to play! The modern half-professional game-enthusiast (I'm sure there are millions of you out there) will know this phenomenon all too well. You're the hardcore crowd. You know the ins and outs of the industry. You know people in the industry. You may even write reviews and articles of varying importance and predictability. When you were young you couldn't be beaten away from your games with a stick.

But that has changed. In no small part due to your self-proposed incursions into journalism or hobbyism, and of course your coming of age and the slew of responsibilities it brings to
your life such as 'cooking' and 'paying the rent', you don't have time to actually play games anymore. You'd like to, but... hell. You're spending more time thinking and philosophizing about games than you play them. You're still hardcore. You know everything, and you're closer than ever to becoming part of it yourself. But playing games is a thing of the past. You may be able to sneak in time with the cream of the crop here and there, but it's a frighteningly short line. You just lack the time and you have too many other activities and obligations which are all not gaming.

I'm sorry, I don't have a solution. The only thing I know is dropping everything you're doing once in a while and just taking a gaming-day off. An elegant solution it isn't. Nor a satisfying one. I'm sure a lot of you will find yourself in the same situation, where you'd like to play more and you're really constantly busy thinking about gaming, but you can't do it. Since I'm in Germany now all gaming has come to a halt (yes, I've even cancelled my subscription to World of Warcraft, hoping everything goes well and I'll be able to pick up my character in a few months when I return), but when I was still home it wasn't all too gamey either.

It's not something I lament heavily, but sometimes I find it disturbing and ironic that the more you reach that childhood dream, the less time you have to entertain the hobby. Or maybe it's just a matter of time-management and we're all just a bunch of whiners. Like little Luke Skywalker. Once a CGI-toddler, now a full-grown complaint-rocker with a Beatles haircut. Yeah.

Roderick.