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access_time January 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM in Culture by Adam Larck

Putting gaming into perspective


I’ve wanted to write this column for a month now, and with the New Year past us I figured this would be a great time to look back on the event that really put gaming into perspective for me.

I’m not what you’d call a hardcore gamer. I actually hate that term that tries to distinguish between hardcore and causal games.

I’m more of what I consider a dedicated gamer. I used to come home from a shift at work and immediately pop the 360 on, even if it was just to watch YouTube and Netflix. Sure, I’d normally hop on and play a bit with friends as well, but one of the systems was normally on for some reason.

Even away from consoles, I’d kill plenty of time with iOS games while I was on the go waiting for meetings or waiting to do something. Games have been a major part of my life since early on, and I’m not afraid to say that.

However, gaming has taken a big back seat since Nov. 17. It was on that Sunday that I lost my home in a tornado that hit central Illinois. Thankfully, my wife and pet were safe. However, most of our possessions were a loss, and our residence was completely destroyed.

Since then, you may have noticed that I haven’t been around the website posting a lot. Well, that’s one of the many facets of gaming I stepped away from for two months.

I really lost the urge to play for quite some time. Part of that may have been because of a lack of systems. Sure, I had my phone, but all of my systems were trapped in the apartment we weren’t allowed access to.

PlayStaiton 4: The final true console?

PlayStaiton 4: The final true console?

I had a spare 360 at my family’s house, complete with plenty of disc drive problems and a loud fan. I also got a PS4 for Christmas, and Nintendo was gracious enough to give me a 3DS to help out.

The other systems, though, are gone. I’ll eventually replace them, but that will take time. I also lost most of my gaming library discs, but I can rebuild that over time as well.

The biggest hit I took, though, was in the PC gaming department. My desktop was ruined by water, with only the hard drive able to be taken out just so I can get rid of it later. My laptop also took a huge hit that has made it basically unusable. Currently, I have a family laptop that I can write on, but using it for anything gaming related is out of the question because of the age and type of laptop it is.

Even with some systems, though, I still haven’t had the urge to game like I once did. There’s been too much on my mind to really been able to sit back and enjoy a game.

Since the twister, I’ve been coming to our new home to take care of forms and documents or to look at things we need in the house to replace what we lost. Gaming has been on hiatus for a few months as we’ve tried to piece our lives back together.

Ys-Celceta-Sea-of-Tress_screens_2_0004-noscaleThat’s not to say that I’ve lost the will to play altogether. I recently wrapped up a review of Ys: Memories of Celceta, which I’ve worked on here and there for the past month, and even played a few games with my wife over New Years, the first time we’ve played a game together since the storm.

With the blizzard this past weekend, I’ve also even had time to just sit down and watch some Netflix and relax with a game, the first time in almost two months I’ve done so. Being able to play has actually been a great step in moving forward from the tornado and showing that life is slowly returning to normal.

Now, with most forms filled out and smaller items the main thing we have to buy, I’m planning to start getting back into the gaming scene even more.

With the New Year started, I hope to become more of a presence again on the website. I also hope to get back into gaming again and enjoy my PS4. I plan to eventually get an Xbox One as well, but that won’t be in the near future.

However, no matter how much I get back into gaming again, I’ll never forget this part of my life that made me take a step back and see just how much gaming actually means in the grand scheme of things.


  • ubernaut January 19, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Sorry to hear about that dude. Glad to hear the family is safe though. Good also to hear your life sounds to be getting back to normal.

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