Does anyone remember when we had a little conversation about how I don’t play video games because things like this happen? No? You weren’t around for that? Basically I talked about how I haven’t played video games since the days of SNES for fear of never doing anything else. Ever.
After a couple of months of talking to Joey and Cara about how online gaming is really fun and it’d be awesome if I got an XBox…I got an XBox.
I ordered it through GameStop’s website on Thanksgiving Day because I wanted to get one cheap and I knew the store would be out of them for a while and I have the patience of a five year old. It got here yesterday. Now, normally, electronics and I have a very tenuous relationship. Most of the time when some fancy new electronic device enters my life I stare at the box for half an hour hoping it will hook itself up. When that doesn’t happen, I call someone else to hook it up for me. It’s not that I can’t do it, it’s just that I get easily frustrated when it doesn’t work the first time. It’s safer for everyone involved if someone with a little more troubleshooting know-how just does it for me.
Yesterday, however, it was just me (and my friend Michael on IM but really just me) and somehow it all got put together properly. I had a minor glitch with a cable but whatever, it works. Then after much cursing at Microsoft I was finally able to sign up for XBox live. I sat back on my couch, put in Fable II, chatted with Joey and Cara in the party chat thing while I played and then … it was four hours later. See guys? This is what I was talking about. I am extremely capable of losing myself in any number of fictional worlds: Books, movies, TV shows. Now there is an entirely new set of options. Expect some reviews/musings on games that you guys all beat two years ago because that’s the sort of stuff I’m playing.
It will be fine. I needed a new outlet and now I have one. And I get to talk to fun people while I do it so that’s awesome. I mean really, if I hadn’t been on the XBox talking to Joey and Cara, I probably wouldn’t have talked out loud to another human the entire night. So really this is IMPROVING my social life/skills. And I have SOME self control. I’ll be fine. Really. I will. But if I don’t tweet or blog for a week, send help.