March 30, 2006
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I’ve been a bad blogger lately. The main reason is that I’ve been seriously cutting back on the time I spend on my computer at home (therefore wasting a bunch of money that I pay for my DSL service & phone line). I used to find myself coming home many nights and spending a couple of hours at the computer after having spent 8+ hours at the computer at work. I’m no expert, but that seems like rather unhealthy behavior. So I’ve made a conscious effort to cut back and have been pretty successful so far, albeit at the expense of blogging and other online activities I participate in. Not sure when I might “relapse” and change back from “real world” productive to “online” productive. So there, that’s my excuse.
So what have I been up to with all the time I have freed up? Playing video games of course. I was lucky enough to snag an Xbox 360 earlier this month and have found myself consumed by playing games once again. I was deprived as a child and did not get my first gaming system (besides the ol’ Atari & some underpowered PCs) until I got a Nintendo 64 in college. So in terms of video gaming, I have some catching up to do. I graduated from the N64 to the first Xbox (I was one of the nerds who got it the day it came out), and now onto the 360. A bunch of my coworkers (including my managers) had one, so I caved in and bought one a bit sooner than I had planned. And I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
I only own 2 games so far (‘Call of Duty 2’ & ‘Project Gotham Racing 3’), but I’ve also signed up with Gamefly (think Netflix for video games) which I’ve found to be perfect for a gamer like me who tires of most games rather quickly and likes to try many different ones. With games going for $60 each these days, I can’t afford to try one out just because it sounds like it might be cool. Now if I get something and I don’t like it, I can just drop it back in the mail and get something else. No more getting ripped off on trading games in.