No Time To Play

Posts by alexboly

(I've been developing software for more than 13 years, and my long term focus was on fixing software development. I'm doing my part now by teaching and coaching people on unit testing, TDD, pair programming, clean code, refactoring etc., either in open or in-house classes or in free community events - my favourite being the code retreat (and I recently realized that I'm the second most experienced code retreat facilitator, starting a little after Corey Haines).)

Games and me

by on May.03, 2011, under Opinion

Last night, my friend Felix asked me for an article for No Time To Play, and since I owe him and this time I knew I can do it, I started thinking about games once again and my history with playing. And I thought about sharing with you as much as I can in a blog post. So, this is it: my (incomplete and far from final) story with games.

I used to be quite a gamer. I was playing around 2-3 hours a day on average, and I had 5-6 hours sessions at times. I loved it. I was escaping to alternate worlds, exploring different situations and having a wonderful feeling whenever I was winning.

Not anymore. Now, when I play games from time to time I can’t help myself analyzing them. I see most games as repetitive, dull, without substance. Maybe I learned too much about how my brain works. Maybe I’ve seen more of the real life and games seem artificial. Or maybe games are not what they used to be.
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