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“One more level.” That’s what Jimmy told himself forty-two levels ago.
He ordered his digital character to jump over fire pits, glide over tempestuous tides and flatten deadly turtle henchman. The turtles seemed innocent on the outside, but Jimmy prided himself for noticing they were evil on the inside. “These dastardly reptiles are not going to stop me,” he said.
Several thousand dead henchmen later, Jimmy’s eyes became as heavy as a massive boulder. First one eye closed and then the other stubbornly fought to stay in the game. The boulder soon weighed down both eyes until Jimmy was snoring, drooling and dangling a controller in his right hand. No one know how long he was out.
But the video game console didn’t stop, didn’t sleep. The console magically grew arms and legs and its yellow light split into two bright eyes. This machine unplugged its cord but kept running; it ran to Jimmy and shook him wake.
“Wake up and keep playing. Come on!” it said.
Jimmy somehow shook himself awake. He rubbed his sore eyes open and stumbled into his bed with a thud. The wind whispered through the open window, and he swore he heard the console say “Come and play.”
This dazed man gazed at the console that lay motionless on his bright red bookshelf. There were no arms, no legs and the power cord was still plugged in. The yellow light on the machine blinked at him a couple of times. Was it all dream?
While searching for crystal shards, I wondered around in circles for hours because I didn’t have a map. The map cost 1000 shards. I have 10 shards.
I finally came to a new door and path, but I couldn’t enter it because I forgot the skeleton key. The skeleton key is back where I started.
I went to save the princess, but she was in another castle.
I climbed up a mountain until every muscle in my body ached. I collapsed and camped out while waiting for a blizzard to pass before I could continue. Then I set out for the mountain peak. I nearly froze, but I reached the top feeling full of joy as I planted my flag. From the peak, I surveyed the land around me: I saw the highs and lows of the world. Yet I didn’t see my memory card. Then I climbed down and even rolled down the mountain for a while after tripping without getting a scratch on me.
I wandered far away until I reached verdant hills and unspoiled skies. I saw trees above and below me in a beautiful valley. I looked high and low in the valley but couldn’t find my Nintendo memory card.
I left the valley for more exotic lands. There were no more trees and no more frosty mountain peaks to scale. Cold winds would no longer hold me back or turn me into a snowman. In place of mountains, I found tall pyramids and mounds of sand. The hot sand stung my feet and made me wish I could majestically soar above the desert instead of trudging through it on foot. I reach the tallest pyramid with toasty soles, and I scanned all around me. But I still couldn’t find it.
Has anyone seen my Nintendo memory card? I’ve lost my video game memories.
Have you ever lost a memory card or the save files for a video game you loved, and what was your experience like?
Something’s slowly cooking away in the oven.
Urge to play rising.
Rainy day, no one’s around and I finished everything I had to do.
Urge to play rising.
Stuck in a crowded subway train with nothing to do, nothing to read and barely any space to breathe.
Urge to play rising.
When do you feel the urge to play video games?
The house doesn’t speak English, but it speaks another language. If you strain your ear, you can catch the hint of some exotic accent. You see, the fish darts around his tank, the fridge hums gently, and the console makes a whirring noise as it spins a disc. The console’s bright lights also command attention.
Yet, I make the most audible sound amidst this cacophony. This is the sound of clanking thumbsticks, of a person who is battling through a difficult video game. Before long, though, my left eye gets heavy and starts to close while the right eyes the left and follows suit. Then I stop moving. The console keeps running.
Do you ever start falling asleep while playing video games? How would you describe that experience?