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OK, I’ll admit it.

It’s hard for some to admit, because of their age, and likely it has also been hard for me too, but I have come to the realization that I jut have to admit it. I am 47, and coming up on 48 rather quickly and it is time for me to put it out there.

I like to play video games.

Well, let me rephrase that.

I like to play FPS (first person shooter) games.

Specifically, I really like the Call of Duty and Modern Warfare games. I have also played games in the Halo series (these were really what got me hooked), a few of the Ghost Recon series, and some in the Far Cry series. But, I would have to say my favorites out of all the games (at least of late) are Call of Duty:WWII, Call of Duty: Black OPs IIII, and now the new Modern Warfare.

Why? I don’t know really. I like the stories. I like the competition. I like the shooting and the challenges they pose. I like the temporary escape of being able to do something mindless for a while.

Am I a violent person? No. Do I know they aren’t real? Yes. Do they make me want to be violent? No. Do I know the difference between real and fantasy? Yes. Do I believe that it has desensitized me to violence? No.

Do I waste time doing it? Yes. Are there better things I probably could be doing? Yes. Do I care? No. I am able to balance my time and allot free time as necessary while still maintaining my responsibilities.

Am I very good at it? No. Am I competitive? Yes. Do I play competitively? No. I like the feeling of being able to improve and it is really a competition against myself and my own skills rather than other people, though I do play online with other live players.

Am I out of the ordinary? Maybe; but I have a feeling I am not.

What do you think? Am I alone in this enjoyment? Are there others of you out there that are “old” like me but still like to play video games? If so, what do you enjoy playing?



  1. The Hinoeuma · November 1, 2019

    I played a LOT of video games during the Pac-Man, Donkey Kong arcade years. I liked Night Driver, Tailgunner, Defender, Galaga and any pinball machine. Once all that moved to home gaming, I was never interested.

    Out of boredom, I sat down at an in-law’s house in the middle 90s and played a three hour round of Banjo Kazooie.

    Still don’t care…

    To each his own.

    I’d like to see my 40s, again. They went away in 2016.


    • backuphill · November 2, 2019

      I spent a lot of time in video arcades when they were the thing, when I had money to spend that is.

      I never had a gaming console at home until I became single in my late 30s and it was really my TV controller and to Halo. That was pretty much it…since my kids were playing I wanted to be able to at least keep up (how vain is that? LOL).

      Now, I think it is just “my guilty pleasure.” I suppose there are more destructive things I could be doing but who needs that?


      • The Hinoeuma · November 2, 2019

        At least you aren’t blowing up your own backyard or pub crawling. And, playing video games with your kids, whatever the motivation, is good…as long as you are fair about it. The vanity would be destructive if you purposefully tried to beat them at everything and went to great lengths to do so. That calls for therapy.

        But, playing on your own just because? Eh. Like I said, whatever floats your boat. Just remember to eat & bathe. 😉😂


      • backuphill · November 3, 2019

        Eating and bathing. Duly noted!


      • The Hinoeuma · November 3, 2019



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