I have a confession to make. Not one you would expect. In fact, no one ever expected it, when i was in the center of it.
It all started when my son turned 3. I was at home with him all day and i started getting very bored.
I have always been very good at video games which made it very fun. Winning is always a fun thing.
I started playing Guildwars during my son's naps. It is an interactive game online with real players.
I first was a warrior with a hammer...pretty powerful after few months too!. I mastered few characters after that. I was a very good monk. Great Elementalist.
I loved my pets...
My name as a warrior was isafrenchy. My pet was Cocochanel. The guys would make fun of my pet until they find out that i was a real girl...Actually i think they never believed i was a girl.
I find myself with a lot of friends... virtually... They were always there to go kill a dragon or do an hard quest.
I felt well accomplished... finishing 3 discs of quests. I could master all the spells very well and started perfecting my attacks.
At my one year Anniversary i was given a little dinosaur as a pet for a gift and...i notice something...really scary...
The number of miles my characters had run. It was a lot...I thought... if i would have run those miles...do you know how my body would look like?
I would look like my character.
Then, i learned that my best partner was not a girl but a 13 year old boy, i had played with him for a year...Quite confusing...
I thought of all this time i could have spent getting real life friends and i felt sad.
I stopped playing.
I still miss it sometimes.
I miss the adrenaline, the adventure. Not thinking about my problems.
The beauty of the graphics, the laughs and feeling like you are on the top of the world.
I wanted to invest in my real life. I got my nickname Frenchy from my warrior character.
This is what i learned about video games. When adults play. They have to decide on their own not to play. It is an addiction and until they see, that they can spend their time more productively. They won't change.
What is your experience with video games?
What do you think?