Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sometimes It's the Simple Things

We live in a fast food, video game society. We want what we want, and we want it they way we want it, and we want it right now. I, too, have succumbed to the world of Massively Multi-player Online games, only recently overcoming that addiction. As I get older, though, I find myself wanting to do nothing more than relax in my favorite chair and either read or watch TV. In fact, now that I've overcome my overwhelming need to play World of Warcraft (or should I say “Warcrack”), I'm rediscovering the joy of reading and actual role-playing games (let's be honest, WoW and the like call themselves RPG's, but they really aren't).

At the end of November my friends and I figured out a way to play Dungeons & Dragons despite being hundreds of miles apart from each other. Last night, we expanded that experience to include the game RIFTS. We also have plans to begin delving into the World of Darkness eventually as well. Now, it may seem strange to most that at the age of thirty-eight I still find enjoyment in this kind of entertainment, but as they say, sometimes it's the simple things in life that give us the most pleasure. Just like I enjoy losing myself in a good book, role-playing games are a way to lose myself in a living novel that I get to help write on the fly.

Anyway, all I'm saying is, don't get caught up in the fast paced bullshit that plagues us in the 21st century. Slow down, enjoy some simple pleasures. Yep, the life long geek is telling you to back off the technology for a bit – go figure.

~ JC

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