Random Ruminations

It seems to be part of my nature to reflect on all my experiences--even the hobby experiences many people consider trivial. And I reflect best when I'm typing. So, here are some of my thoughts on games and gaming. Enjoy them if you can, comment if you like.

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Gaming Personalities: The Paradox of Solitude

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I've long been a solo gamer. In BGG and VGG, I may have a reputation as one of the most solitary gamers around. Yet I'm constantly reaching out to people, at least indirectly. What's with that?
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The World Should Like What I Like

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I've been realizing lately that my gaming hobby has been a lost cause all my life. Oh, I've enjoyed lots of good gaming, but things never developed the way I imagined, hoped, or thought they would.

When I was a kid and first got all enthused about board games, I put a number of them on my Christmas wish list. I was delighted when I opened my presents that year, but soon I ran into an obstacle: nobody else in my family wanted to play those games, at least not very often. I had a friend I could talk into playing sometimes, but it certainly wasn't an everyday event, or even a once-a-month event.

That changed when the friend and I got into wargames. For half our high-school years, we did play wargames almost every day.
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Too Many Good Choices

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That sounds like a nice problem to have, doesn't it? One of those so-called first-world problems (something only comfortable modern suburbanites could be troubled by). Be that as it may, it still drives me crazy.

It could apply to a number of things in my life, but right now I'm thinking of games--strategy video games in particular. I keep looking for the one that will stand out above all the rest, because that's the one I want to focus on and spend most of my time on.
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Real-Time versus Turn-Based Games

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I just came across this paragraph while Googling around, and I had to do a double-take:

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I recently bought Civilization IV but I really don't understand this "turn based" concept and cannot understand how to get into it.


Are there people in the world who never played checkers (draughts) or other classic board and card games? How could one possibly not get the concept of turn-based games? From my perspective, real-time games are the weird ones that need adjusting to.
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Abandoning Civilization, Embracing MOO

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Maybe I'm just sore from the unexpected pounding I took last night, but I think it's about time I abandoned Civilization once and for all.

I've had strongly mixed feelings about the game ever since 1991, when I first played it. More so than with any other game. Some games are clearly just not for me; others I like right from the start; some I learn to like. But Civ just keeps me teetering. It looks like the kind of game I'd love, but it often turns into the kind of game I hate.
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Shifting Gears, or Gaming in Eternity

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Psychologically, I must have a rusty old transmission or something. It has always been hard for me to shift gears, and it's not getting any easier with age.

For instance, there's my hobby life. On a typical workday evening, after supper, I sit down with my laptop computer and start "playing." It's leisure time, and I can do whatever I want. So I begin by checking my email and visiting VGG (maybe another site or two also, though rarely).
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Whiling Away My Time

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My attitude toward games seems to have shifted pretty remarkably in a short time. Guess I'm going to have to rethink a few things.

In a recent VGG thread, someone (named Kevin) mentioned that books, movies, and games are all different art forms; each has something the other two lack. Reflecting on that, I realized that my wife reads books all the time and I play games all the time. She doesn't like movies or TV that much because too little is left to the imagination; she likes to picture things her own way as she reads. She has the same complaint about games that are overly graphic--too much like movies.
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How Many Games Does a Gamer Need Anyway?

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I find it astounding that there are so many games in the world, that new ones are released constantly, and that game design and technology is ever improving. Also that video games have long been at the cutting edge of computer technology. What are games good for anyway, and why do we need so many of them--and for them to keep getting better all the time?
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Where (Military) History Meets Gaming

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I think it was wargaming that got me started on military history way back when--right around the time I became a teenager. I started getting curious about the actual events behind the games I was playing. And then, when I ventured into miniatures (an abortive venture as it ultimately turned out), I found myself having to choose a period to focus on. It'd be too expensive and time-consuming to get into ancients, Napoleonics, World War II, and everything all at once.
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So That's Why I Play Games

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I just had a fight with my wife this morning, and as usual it led to our talking about things we normally leave unsaid. And in the process, I learned something about myself I hadn't realized before.

In this case, it was how big a role anxiety plays in my life. I haven't normally thought of myself as an anxious person, though I'd sometimes half-jokingly call myself a worry-wart. I figured I was a pretty carefree guy. But maybe I'm not that at all. Maybe I keep up a happy-go-lucky veneer to cover up how deeply anxious I am inside.

And what does that have to do with games?
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