Evening Reading: Far From Finished

I just watched this PBS Frontline Digital Nation interview with Patrick Stewart where he talks about technology in his life. At the end he relates that he has an addictive nature and, as a result, a stack of games at home he's never opened "because I feel that if I do, I'm finished." I paused as I've done before -- and at some point everyone will -- to wonder "what if?" I wasn't a video gamer.

I think many of us feel pressure to ask ourselves this question with increasing frequency as we grow up (not that I've grown up much despite the years). Leisure time is one of the luxuries of modern society but none -- well, most -- of us don't have so much of it that we don't wonder whether we're making the best use of it. If I am, as Patrick Stewart put it, "finished," then I couldn't be happier about it.

Except that, I'm not thrilled about the negative connotation of my life being finished because I chose video games as my preferred entertainment. I think about some of the video game memories that pop to mind for me and I find they not only stand on equal footing with favorites from other mediums; they get an extra boost from my direct involvement in the moment. Meeting Tracer Tong in Hong Kong, witnessing Sephiroth kill Aerith while unable to stop him, Leading Yorda around the ruins, etc. -- it's a list I could literally spend all night building. It's a shame that those who haven't played games won't be able to share any of this but their ignorance certainly doesn't invalidate them.

Shacknews also came up with a list of memories today:

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From The Chatty
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    February 3, 2010 6:12 PM

    Geedeck/fraylo

    We playing mw2 tonight??

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      February 3, 2010 6:13 PM

      I can totally knife zerg rush!!!! I'm working on pistols for tac knife and I can be your bait

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      February 3, 2010 6:36 PM

      oo oo can i join?

      gamertag is rigor morts

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      February 3, 2010 6:41 PM

      I totally forgot about this. We should have pimped it more during the day but yeah sure lets do it.

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        February 3, 2010 6:42 PM

        Actually, give me 10m. I won't say what I'm doing but it's totally not unloading the dishwasher as to deflect wife aggro.

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          February 3, 2010 6:48 PM

          always a good pre-emptive wifestrike

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            February 3, 2010 6:55 PM

            omg let's play guys i will play too add me ejectorpod is my name

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      February 3, 2010 6:50 PM

      360? ?