I am a game dork.
I play a wide variety of dorky online games. All the time. Like, really, pretty much all the time.
It's compulsive. I can't stop myself. At this very moment, I have open, on other tabs on my computer, both Zynga, where I'm playing Farmville 2, and Club Pogo, where I'm playing something called Mahjong Gardens. During the time it took for me to write this post thus far, I have gone to both of those sites and played both of those games. Twice.
Which isn't really that crazy, because, you know, there is a County Fair going on at my my tiny virtual farm, so it's pretty important that I keep my crops watered and fertilized. Because if my crops are fertilized, I'll get prized crops, and if I sell enough prized crops, I'll get a medal. I mean, not a real medal or anything, it's a...virtual medal. And Mahjong Gardens has a daily challenge going, and if I earn enough tokens, they'll give me even more tokens. Which aren't actually worth anything, but...
Okay, it really is crazy.
I have always been this way, since I was a kid. I remember compulsively playing jacks on the floor of my bathroom for hours and hours, working my way from onesies to tensies to Eggs in a Basket and Crack the Egg. I can still remember the clatter of the jacks when I tossed them on the tile, and the satisfaction of raking all the jacks up in one hand and catching the ball before it hit the floor.
After jacks, I became a Solitaire nut. I knew all sorts of types of Solitaire - Klondike, Pyramid, Seven Up, Spider. I'd play it on my bed while watching tv. I would sometimes watch tv, do my homework and play Solitaire at the same time. I was a multi-tasker.
Later, I got into word puzzles. I'd buy these puzzle magazines - I had one with me at all times.
Crosswords, Anacrostics, Cryptoquizzes. I loved them all. And I always used a pen, never a pencil.
And then along came the computer and then the iPhone, and it's all been downhill from there.
Back before Jude was born, I bought these PC games which I played all the time. I played my way through the entire Diablo series, leading my tiny sorceress through the many levels of hell to defend the world against Mephisto and Baal. It was very gratifying. I also obsessed over the Myst games, and about 20 other puzzley adventure games. I would stay up late at night solving virtual mysteries and saving virtual worlds.
The list of dorky games goes on and on, and I know this is already becoming a little monotonous, and...embarrassing. So I will stop the litany of dorkdom.
Why do I obsess this way?
A friend of mine once read my palm. As she was running her finger over my various lines and rings, she suddenly asked "do you play a lot of games?"
"Yeah. A lot," I answered.
"Hmmm. Yeah, you're one of those..." she replied mysteriously.
According to this friend, certain people have minds that won't shut off. They just think and think and think and think. And the only way to relax and renew and...go to sleep, is to occupy the mind with a problem or puzzle.
YES! THAT IS ME!
I can't turn my brain off to go to sleep. I have to give myself something specific to think about, a story or a problem or a puzzle. It's something to do with occupying my conscious mind and freeing my unconscious mind. Or maybe it's the other way around. Playing a game or working on a puzzle actually makes me relax. And it also strangely frees my thoughts. I find that if I'm writing, and have a problem to solve, if I zone out playing a game for a while, my mind opens up and all sort of useful thoughts slip in.
At least that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.
Have I shared too much? Do y'all still respect me?
Oh look, my livestock is hungry. I'd better get to it.
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