I experienced something really strange the other day. After spending a long day writing up a few more chapters of the Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2 book, I decided to call it a night. I powered down everything, tidied up my desk, wrapped up some cables, and grabbed a bite to eat. I was considering pickin’ up my brother, then going graveyard bowling at the casino around the corner (gotta’ love Vegas!) when something changed my mind.
As I sat there, the overwhelming urge to play some more Naruto snuck up on my like a ninja with a stealth jutsu. Mind you, I’d played plenty earlier to record footage for tomorrow’s work, and I’d gotten tons of work done, but the gamer in me wasn’t done. Its rare that I call it a day and then immediately go do some gaming afterward-I usually need some time to wind down or to get other stuff done, but that day was different.
I decided that I’d done enough gaming for the day, and was proud of my self-restraint, but I was still surprised at how strong the urge was to play. I guess the moral of the story is that no matter how long my days are and how many hours I’ve logged into a game, there’s no escaping the fact that I love what I do. I’m still a passionate gamer at heart. Its easy to forget that what I do is fun, because, well, it’s work. And lots of it!
But if there is anything that can smack me ‘upside’ the head and bring me back to reality – that reality being the fact that I’m doing what I love – it’s a good game. Good games FTW!