Posted by on January 30, 2013

I don’t think I’m to the point of having an addiction. However, I’m pretty sure that’s what most people say when they have an addiction. Maybe the fact that I’m even defending myself speaks to this being an issue for me. It’s really no big deal. It’s just a few games here and there.  

Mary Beth Pix 010This wasn’t a problem for me before Christmas. Back then the only game I played was Bejeweled. My husband would take one side of the board and I took the other, and we killed those jewels. But now I have a Kindle and free apps and this blasted bubble game I can’t seem to stop playing. 

It’s not like video games are new to me. I’ve spent some time on Pitfall, Tempest, Ms. Pac-Man, and Mario. What can I say? The princess had to be rescued. Still, it does seem like a colossal waste of time. How many novels might I have written if I hadn’t been playing video games? 

I tell myself they help me. But I’m pretty sure my eye/hand coordination skills don’t need any more improvement. I did start playing chess and Words with Friends. That’s got to help my brain, right? 

Does anyone else out there play these relentless games? How much time do you spend playing? How do you keep yourself in check?

I recently suggested to a friend of mine that we fast from the internet for a day and spend the extra time with God. Lent’s coming up…dare I even consider giving up my games for 40 days?

I have been trying to develop better discipline, though. And I never want my life to be askew. Video games fall below a 10 on the top ten things of my life list. However, I’m pretty sure the time I spend playing Bubble Mania is outnumbering the time I spend studying my Bible or reading or cleaning my house. That’s a little sad. Of course, I am to level 81, and that is sort of an achievement.

How ‘bout you? What do you think about video games? (Interested in a quick game of Words with Friends?) 

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11 years ago

Ah video games… My one weakness. My Achilles heel if you will. And beer. Actually video games are better with beer. I still play them. I prefer playing them to watching movies or tv; you can be an active participant in the story rather than passively ingesting it…

George Loy
George Loy
11 years ago

Mary Beth, You are talking to me directly, as you do in most of your devotions. I spend most of my time, as Wilma will attest to, playing Solitaire Blitz. Wilma, Curt and Sarah Stokes are the main players. I guess I play it to gain the skill level of the Stokes . But you are correct, my time should be spent more constructively. I plan to do much better by devoting more time in The Word and prayer.
Blessings, Mary Beth


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