How many of you I wonder, have looked back on your lives, and find that hundreds of thousands of your precious hours have been consumed, lost, in the world of video games. Now, this is not yet another story or rant on the dangers of video game addiction, of how video games can trap you in your mothers basements, and condemn you to lives of solitude. On the contrary I am a great fan of video games, and a self confessed addict who is damn proud of my hobby. However, no matter how great a game is, how amazing your experiences, or how great the community, and no matter how passionate you are, one thing is for sure – eventually, your time with the game will come to an end.
Looking back at some of the games I have played in the past, especially some of the MMOs that I have abandoned, I find myself struggling with the following question. If you have have the chance, if you could do it all over, would you choose to NOT have played some of the games that you have invested so much time in? Would you, and could you, choose to reclaim all that lost time, at the cost of all the precious experiences that you have gained? Think about the memories of all the worlds and adventures; the many personal and emotional experiences along the way; and most of all, the people encountered, and the resulting bonds of friendships that were created.
But of course, also keep in mind that life is rarely perfect, and along the way many people would have experienced some forms of failure and frustration, with breakups, heartaches, betrayals, and other such negative, destructive things. Things, which some people might very well choose to NOT have experienced in the first place if they could. And that, brings me back to my original question. If you have have the chance, if you could do it all over, would you choose to NOT have played some of the games that you have invested so much time in? Games, which at one stage, might have been an integral part of your life? Games, which might very well have helped shape you into the person that you are today?