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The Great Escape: The Real Working World

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The Real World. What is it exactly? Is it the place outside of video games where we live and breathe? Or is it, as people talking to recent college grads are fond of saying, the world outside of college � the world of work, mortgages, health insurance, raising a family? I don�t know, but gaming is my escape from it.
A week ago today I graduated from the University of Redlands with a degree in English. I had to sit outside in the sweltering Southern California heat for hours and listen to speeches from the President of the University, one of the Deans, the student speaker. All of them kept mentioning the �real world� and how proud they are of us and how we are going to do great things in it.



Of course it sounds clich� and trite because it is. Graduating college is one of the most bittersweet things I�ve ever experienced. On the one hand, I�m excited to be done with school probably forever because I�m not going to grad school. But on the other hand I made some abso-fucking-lutely awesome friends and I know it�s going to be a long time before I get a chance to see them again.
Enter gaming.

I think gaming was the way all of us coped with the fact that we were moving on to new places in our lives where miles would separate us. At my school they offer a May Term � a one month term where you take one class for about 3-4 hours a day roughly 4 days a week. Essentially it�s an excuse to just hang out and party. This year�s May Term was especially poignant because we knew it would be our last. How�d we spend it? Playing Halo 3 together.

My friends and I don�t have similar tastes in games. One of them is fanatically participating in the SC2 beta, another only plays games every now and then, while the other one prefers PC games over console games. But the one thing we always could agree on was Halo. Every day it seems I�d get a text or call. Super short little things. �Hey man, wanna hang out? Play Halo?� �Yeah.�

It was so simple. Play Halo (or the Reach beta while it was open). Drink beer. And to be honest these Halo sessions were some of the most fun I had in the entire 4 years I spent at Redlands. Does that make me a loser? Hell no. Not in my mind. Gaming was our escape from the weight hanging over our collective heads. We knew we�d all be moving away, but it didn�t matter. Those rounds calling ourselves a Mongoose gang on Valhalla, or trying to win the Betrayal Game, pushed everything aside.


Like Hell�s Angels, but with space marines.

Technology is amazing. Because of it we can keep in touch easier than ever. Because of it we can stave off joining the real world, the working world, by ignoring it for a brief stint in a virtual one.

I�m going to miss it.

Obligatory pics me my friends and I (the Halo group)


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About TriplZer0one of us since 3:08 AM on 03.18.2009

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Hey Dtoid, I'm TriplZer0.



I'm a science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction writer by trade, but aside from writing, video games are my biggest passion. I also write over at Gamer Limit.

The first console my brothers and I ever got was an SNES for Christmas one year. Since then, we've owned an N64, Playstation, PS2, and an Xbox 360. I got a Gameboy Color one year for Christmas, but my brothers are more into handheld gaming than me. Every time they upgrade to the latest system I get their hand-me-downs. That's how I obtained my GBA and my two DS's. Handheld gaming for some reason doesn't interest me even though I know there are great games out there. The first console I've ever been the exclusive owner of is my PS3. The first games I ever played were Super Mario World, F-Zero, 7th Saga (which I've written about), and Out of This World.

My favorite genres are RPGs (Western or Japanese), FPS, action/adventure, and RTS (even though I suck at them).

My Promoted Articles
The Forgotten: The 7th Saga - My First Foray Into RPGs
The Five Stages of Backlog Grief
Dread Space: Why Space Sims Scare Me More than Zombies

Miscellaneous
The daily hotness featuring my first novel
Communitoid Episode 008 - Mxy liked my book!

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