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Uninstalling an Old Friend

October 13th, 2006 at 09:30 pm


Today was a big day for me. After watching an episode of South Park “Make Love, Not Warcraft”, I decided it was time to uninstall all my money saving computer games. Even though I played World of Warcraft only once, I still decided it was time to move on. I’ve been a huge gamer since I was kid, and it did end up saving me a ton of money when I was in college. When all my friends wanted to go out and party, I sometimes decided to stay in and play video games (saved me from getting in debt and trouble). I know how nerdy that sounds, but I know that most guys have done that at least once in their lives.

The years of enjoyment had to end at some point, and the time for me to grow up was here. What will I do with such an open schedule? Well, I am going to dedicate more time writing, reading, and school work. It’s been a life changing day. It feels like a 500 pound weight has been taken off my back.

Coldplay can sum up how I feel in the song “Fix You.”

“When the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

High up above or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
If you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth”

R.I.P.

Warcraft 3
Frozen Throne
Company of Heroes
DOTA
Command and Conquer
Wolfenstein
Doom 3

You will be missed, but never forgotten. *This post had a lot of sarcasm, but trust me it was still a hard day for me*

Do you have anything that you have had to give up for the greater good? Come on don’t be shy.

7 Responses to “ Uninstalling an Old Friend”

  1. JanH Says:

    Knowing how much the guys in my family play those games, I am sure this was a very hard thing for you to do. Hope your new pasttimes are as enjoyable as your games have been.

  2. JRBeaudry Says:

    I know they will. I just need to come up with a few more pastimes that don’t require money. I will just double up on working out and reading.

  3. Gruntina Says:

    I found that giving up TV, yikes the internet (using it at work at the time being), gym memberships, I find that I am more simple with my schedule which leaves me more time to organize, cleaner home but I have grown to be of a much more quality friend helping others when they need help and also I spend more quality time with my bf. It has been really nice...... But until I officially pay off all debts which should be by this December, I am going to treat myself the luxury of internet at home again!

  4. miclason Says:

    gasp! my Vogue subscription!!!...and all that went with it...the trendy clothes, hair, mani and pedi every 6 weeks... ((tear))

    I know that sounds spoiled, but, believe me, I got my first mani/pedicure at around 10!

  5. lrjohnson Says:

    I gave up Warcraft and most others...but I still play Age of Myth....My Guy is a huge Eve Online guy...I can totally understand the lure of the game, the satisfaction of the game, and also the dissatisfaction of the time lost to the game. I wish you luck!!!!!!!

  6. PRICEPLUS Says:

    It is tough to move on from things we enjoy. I was into collectibles, Dickens Village to be precise. It became an obsession and I was spending way too much money on these damn little houses. Well, I am cured but I still own 63 DV homes and accessories.EEK!

  7. Broken Arrow Says:

    Oh man, I was quite the gamer back in the day. (Ok, so it was more like 2 years ago. Big Grin)

    When I was a teen, I could tell you what consoles were being launched, and what the chipset differences they were, and therefore, predict what type of games they would run best.

    Then PC games emerged a dominated for a while. Man, it was insane trying to keep up with the hardware upgrade.... And yet, I was hooked on that in the worst possible way. I loved playing team-based FPSes so much that I even gotten a custom controller for it (Nostromo Gamepad). I was so worried about being addicted to MMOs that I was actually afraid to install it! Big Grin

    But today? I apparently can not stop gaming still. However, I've cut back down to just one PSP now. Sold everything else. No more computer or console gaming. Just getting too darn expensive. The PSP was the overall best compromise for me out since I don't even use a TV at this point.

    If you can go cold turkey, more power to you. I, however, have tried on a few occasions and still find that I have to have a little bit of something.

    Well, good luck!

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