Being that I'm married to a non gamer, it's a little hard to get my video game fix on a regular basis. When we moved into our new place, it was my plan to use the spare bedroom as my dedicated gaming room where I could play uninterrupted for hours on end, but that didn't work out for a number of reasons which include, but are not limited to: a need for a nursery, my vanity and wanting to show off my video game "man bling," etc. So, it all sits out in the living room and we divide the TV time between me gaming, and her watching reality TV.
I play a wide variety of games that I
consider to be interesting but for the most part, when my wife watches me play, she's completely uninterested. What's odd is that it's not because the game is "weird" or quirky like Katamari; she's actually in to that game; it's games like Ninja Gaiden or Crackdown. I know what you're thinking, she probably doesn't like them because they're overly confusing or too difficult. No, in fact those thoughts rarely cross her mind. It's the fact that the premise of the game doesn't make any sense to her.
For example, in Ninja Gaiden, you're a typical ninja as far as video games are concerned. You wear a black jumpsuit, you have a sword and other melee weapons, you run up and across walls, cut limbs off, throw ninja stars and shit like that. She gets that. Everybody gets that. What completely baffles her is that the character ends up fighting against people in body armor with sub machine guns and rocket launchers in a place that looks like Europe.
This shit makes sense to me...
Being that the wife isn't a total dork like I am, the aforementioned Crackdown makes even less sense to her. The whole jumping-from-rooftop-to-roof-top-while-jumpkicking-people-and-shooting-them-with-rockets really blows her mind. Well, yeah, I guess that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it's fun. Kinda. For like an hour. Maybe a half hour. Whatever... It's fun to pretend to be a badass.
I think this is badass!
She's obviously not opposed to video games; she doesn't bitch at me while I'm playing or anything. She's especially fond of the Wii, and she's been begging me for Mario Party 8 and Big Brain Academy, and likes to kick my ass in Wii Sport. Do I thinks she's off base about games making little to no sense? Nah, but I'm guessing she'll eventually understand and used to the weirdness... Thoughts, questions, comments? 'Til next time, Godspeed. read