Forget the ongoing talk about video game addiction. I think we all know that 99 percent of such accusations are just garbage, issued by those who have no clue what an "addiction" actually is.

But if you're being brutally honest, can you honestly say a video game has had a negative impact on your social life?

For me, I haven't let that happen in a while; no game seems to have enough of a pull to stop me from getting out these days. However, I do remember one particularly embarrassing instance back in college…

I was dating this really cute girl and we'd been going out for maybe three months. She'd arranged to cook a meal for me at the house she was renting with roommates (all of whom had cleared out for the night), and I was supposed to show up at 8 p.m. Well, my last class for the day was done by 3 and I got home around 4, so I had a good three and a half hours to kill. I figured I'd play some Final Fantasy VIII , a game I'd already pumped close to 100 hours into.

At some point, I got it into my head that I wanted to challenge Omega Weapon. I thought I had the necessary party to do it but I needed to do a little research and figure out exactly what I'd be facing. Then I had to do some boosting for characters and all that. Well, I lost track of time and the phone rang at about 8:20 or so. Problem was, her timing was really awful because I was knee-deep in that Omega battle. I just picked up the phone, didn't let her talk and said at about a million miles a minute:

"Yeah, I can'ttalkrightnow-fightingOmegaWeapon-callyoulater-bye.

Then I hung up. But that's not really the worst part. The worst part is that after I had successfully defeated Omega Weapon (two tries and two hours later), I figured I'd still head over to her house. I mean, what the hell, right? She couldn't be that mad.

She was. And she so didn't understand my after-battle glow. 'sigh' Impossible to make her understand what I had just achieved…ah well. ūüėČ

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BikerSaint
BikerSaint
4 years ago

With over 40+ years of gaming behind me now, I can't remember even one single embarrassing gaming moment…
(Could be due to CRS though), LOL

Draguss
Draguss
4 years ago

I don't have enough of a social life for something like that to happen. It's not even just cause of games, if I'm not playing something I'm reading or watching something. Most of my friends are well aware I find it exhausting to go out as much as several of them do. The days I do go out I know myself enough to not start playing something that'll take me a while even if I have several hours to go. Or more like, I don't schedule days to go out if I know I have something else I'd rather do at home.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
4 years ago

"Most of my friends are well aware I find it exhausting to go out as much as several of them do."

This is what concerns me most about the younger generation. Dealing with people is actually a big effort for them.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
4 years ago

Some folks realize it's cheaper and more fun to stay home and have everything you need. Get together for actual social interaction is important but I still think there are some perfectly normal people who can lead normal lives as loners and partial hermits.

Hell, people are exhausting and social activities are boring after you've done them a few times. It's actually just a lot of work that isn't often needed. Like you'll die if you don't have a friday night date or bar trip or start on fire if you prefer to play a game or read a book over a painful road trip.

Draguss
Draguss
4 years ago

Now that's just rude. There have always been people that get tired out when we're out with several people too long, loners or introverts or whatever. It's nothing new, and it's especially not some sort of new social issue. If I didn't like dealing with other people at all I wouldn't bother with having any friends, I simply find more personal time to be more relaxing.

Dukemz_UK
Dukemz_UK
4 years ago

@World: I totally agree. I get more than enough social interaction at work. I have a handful of close friends. Sometimes a man has just gotta chill and enjoy his peaceful solitude

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
4 years ago

<<<<<Get together for actual social interaction is important but I still think there are some perfectly normal people who can lead normal lives as loners and partial hermits.>>>>>

World, as with myself,
Over the last 4 year, I've have been placed into becoming a full-time hermit because of my total financial loss since 2011, due to losing my job, then having to use up my life savings, then to having to sell my Harley & Ford pick-up to keep from getting evicted from my apt, & all the while, while trying to cope with 4 major health problems(with no health insurance) that won't let me work again.
And after rent, I only get about $340 a month left to pay the rest of my utilities, food, sudden emergencies, and anything else to live on.

Also, Although I can mingle with almost anyone(excluding the rude, ignorant acting, egotistical, or F'ng holier-than-thou know-it-alls), I feel more comfortable with my own kind, Firefighters, bikers, & gamers.

And as an outlaw biker, I have & always will live by my own rules, so I probably can be also called anti-social & anti-establishment too

HMMMMM, maybe they call me that because of my only 2 sacred mottos in life……

"FTW" & "F' 'em if they can't take a joke"


Last edited by BikerSaint on 2/9/2016 7:36:00 PM

Underdog15
Underdog15
4 years ago

No one should have to choose between food/shelter and health care.

That's so evil, as far as I'm concerned. ūüôĀ

JackieBoy
JackieBoy
4 years ago

PLayed several hours straight non stop, that when I got to sleep, I couldn't because I had nightmares about the game…

mk ultra
mk ultra
4 years ago

It wasn't really the games fault, but quite a few years back, I fell asleep while playing my psp in the Houston airport on a 2 hour layover and missed my flight. Probably would have fallen asleep anyway, I was coming home from a crazy wedding and hadn't slept in like two days. No way I can sleep on a plane, but in a corner on an airport floor against my duffel bag, apparently no problem.

Eros Twixfreak
Eros Twixfreak
4 years ago

Hey Ben, was this back in the good ol UConn days?!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
4 years ago

Yeah, 'twas.

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
4 years ago

Final Fantasy 8 is my favorite from the series and probably my favorite RPG of all time (take that all you FF7 fans lol) but as addictive as it was I would have turned off the PS1 and went over to my GF's house.

My thoughts are always "My console will always be here". In your case Omega Weapon (Malboro was probably harder to defeat) would've challenged at any time lol.


Last edited by MRSUCCESS on 2/9/2016 1:41:44 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
4 years ago

Well I've never really had one moment per se where something "happened" but I do recall my mom coming down to see me playing a Japanese game as a cute girl banging out tunes. I felt kinda like uh oh, mom's gonna think I'm a poof.

And also my sister once poked her head in my open room cuz she thought the sounds on the TV sounded a bit like sex. I was playing DOA Volleyball. She saw the girls and was like "Dave!" "I'm like what? It's volleyball with the gals :)"

She just laughed. Yeah mildly embarrassing but after all these years I'm comfortable in my gaming skin now. People can go to hell if they think it's sick or otaku or whatever. I gotta be me!

shaydey77
shaydey77
4 years ago

I've had two moments personally but both with the same kinda issue.

On PS1 playing Metal Gear Solid for the first time, myself and my buddy rented it out and no book came with it. Back in those days, it was much harder to get online.

It took us AGES to figure out how to get snake to crawl under the first pipe!!Waaay too long.

The second was on PS2 with Jak and Daxter. I booted it up, pushed all the buttons, but no way would Jak move. I reckoned the game was just broken or my dpad had given up. Then one day my little cousin called and wanted to try it out. I told her it was broken and then SHE MADE JAK MOVE WITH THE STICKS!! And that, ladies and gentlemen was my introduction to analog stick gaming.

Sol
Sol
4 years ago

Metal Gear Solid 2: Arsenal Gear… I turned off my console without saving at the Colonel's prompt.

FN Patriots…

Underdog15
Underdog15
4 years ago

My sister let me have it for weeks after she caught me teary eyed over Aeris' death.