Ode to my Xbox

I know I should write something about writing for Blogathon 2012 since it is for writers. I have to keep myself on task when I work throughout the day. A lot of people say that the internet and especially Twitter will keep them from getting back to work. They’re great things, yes, but I have my phone so I can play with that pretty much anytime. What gets me side-tracked is the silly Xbox 360.

I’ve loved playing games when I was a kid with my Nintendo. I never had older siblings to show me how to play any of these games and my friends certainly weren’t interested. (Some of the girls I was friends with as adults even thought playing video games was stupid – can you imagine?) So now that I’ve traded in the little Playstation 2 that I bought myself when I first started teaching full-time (those kids and their tales of fun inspired me to do it), for the glorious set up of PS3, Wii and Xbox that we have now.

I was always a fan of GTA (I’ve even seen Rockstar North with my own eyes!) and The Sims when left to my own devices so those were the games I went to first. But I finally tried the first-person game (odd – I like first person POV for books but originally only liked 3rd person POV for video games) and now I’m hooked on Skyrim. Well, I was until I made myself stop playing the stupid thing each day. Even in the evening I stopped bothering and opted for reading just so I wouldn’t get caught up in wanting to play for hours on end during any available time I had. It’s helped a lot and even made me lose interest which is an extremely good thing.

I love video games but my playing them isn’t really contributing to the world in a positive way (well, when I help someone play it I am.) So less Xbox, more typing and reading. That’s my writing advice for today. It works for me.


About Suzanne Schultz Pick

Married to Steve. Mother of Jack. Librarian IT Assistant. Writer, teacher, blogger, podcaster, technological princess.
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2 Responses to Ode to my Xbox

  1. worldsbeforethedoor says:

    I don’t play video games much, per say…but I live to watch my Husband play. To me, they are another firm of story telling, and when done correctly, they’re amazing! To date, my favorites are:
    – Red Dead Redemption
    – Mass Effect 1&2 (let’s not even talk about 3)
    – StarCraft
    – Skyrim
    – Final Fantasy (most of them)
    – random indie games
    I think games are legitimate art and storytelling! So enjoy your Xbox!!! 🙂

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence. There definitely is an interesting story-line to these games that I never appreciated before. When I started playing Grand Theft Auto IV on the the Xbox for the first time, I enjoyed the game more when I understood the story.

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