While spring cleaning, I opened one of my storage boxes and out popped one of my son’s favorite instruments, his old Nintendo Entertainment System. Man, did he love that apparatus! Let me walk you back in history for a moment. In 1980, the video game, PAC Man exploded to become the most recognizable video brands. Everyone played the game that featured Pac dots as Pac Man faced his enemies (Pinky, Blinky, Inky, and Clyde) via a power pellet concept. The game excitedly kept its players engaged. In 1983, the Nintendo Entertainment System hit the marketplace followed by Sega’s Mario Brothers.
Somewhere during that time, my son got the fever and he has been hooked ever since. According to his constituents, he is very proficient; one of the best video game players among his peers. The games are contagiously addicted and my son can undergo spells similar to hypnotic trances when he is playing. He becomes glued to the set; hours on hours at a time. He plays mostly with his friends as he relaxes at his home. Interestingly, he plays on the Internet with strangers. What a novel concept! “Mommy, I can play with my virtual friends anytime of the day and night; they are always waiting on me.” Imagine that; virtual playmates that you don’t know or will probably never meet! How’s that for a buddy system and a teammate!
No wonder it is said that the video gaming concept eases loneliness. It puts someone in your presence that is literally not there. My son doesn’t have to go out to play; his entertainment can be contained within his four walls. It gives him a buddy to play with even if he doesn’t know him / her. Why get to know the opponent if he doesn’t need to? I have been told that he masterfully runs video tournaments. How entrepreneurial! With his aggressive competitive spirit, may the best man win!
It makes you wonder whether video games will become a viable competitor going toe to toe against a woman. In a nonintrusive manner, I asked my son that very question. “Of course not; there is no way! Playing a video game is a stimulant, a relaxer, a stress releaser, and in some cases, a time killer; but not a replacement for the love and affection of a woman,” he refreshingly replied. “However, I will admit that I don’t like to be interrupted particularly when I am on a winning streak,” he added. Go figure!
Some young ladies disagree. They consider the video game as a mistress. They have to compete with the videos for their guy’s time and attention. As video games were not prevalent in my younger years, I offer this solace to them. The tangible benefit is when your Video Game Guy is using his remote controls and joy sticks mounting up points to outscore his opponent, at least you know where he is; at least you can look at him in the family room while he is at the control panel.
“Getting his mind off of the video games to focus on you, now that’s a different question and perhaps a challenge,” is a thoughtful concern that I question. The upside, however is that the girlfriend can play the games with him. She can become his gaming partner. If she can’t beat it (the video game, that is), join him; play with him! Who knows, her skills may out match his; she may become a formidable opponent. Now the ball is in her court!
Maybe his girlfriend is now a teammate. My son recently called me and excitedly said, “Hey Mommy, I received the best gift ever from my girlfriend. It was a gift card to GameStop. Now, I can buy the new Madden NFL 25 game and Grand Theft Auto V!”