A 5 year old boy recently stunned me when he announced that he is going to play game … “In FACEBOOK”!
Lately I have began to notice that many of my friends are into the games in Facebook. Even though I blocked all games notifications (sorry folks!), I still get insights of their gaming activities by status update comments such as “...go rest, I’ll fertilize your farm” (Farmville) or blog posts “Love it very much because can race, bet, fish, buy and collect many things” (Pet Society).
I get requests to join certain games or accept certain gifts almost every day that I am very curious to explore these games myself.
But so far, it remains a passing wonder.
How can I look after any virtual pet or cultivate any online garden when my time online is sporadic throughout the day. There’s too much news to read and digest, pictures to sort and edit, friends to catch up with and the most necessary but least appealing task, completing paid assignments.
But perhaps I can use this to placate my daughters who have been pushing me for pets (such as a horse!) and at least, there won’t be expensive spending on stuffs like horse supplies.
But then again, I don’t wish to relive the times when virtual gaming ruled our days (and nights) as university students.
“Seeing” the image of buildings sprouting or abandoned (SimCity) in your mind even though the computer is switched off. Fighting off the brainwave of new strategies to win a battle (Warcraft) when you are supposed to be asleep. Or as one of our friend who had it worse – the sight of him ducking left and right as he furiously tapped on the keyboards (Doom) for one whole day and night and finally shouted for backup player as he bent over and puked is something I will not forget.
So for the time being, there is no gaming for me.