I think I owe video games my life…
So a bit of real life drama happened to me last weekend. I was visiting my parents for the long weekend. They happen to live in an area as close to the middle of nowhere as possible, and I decided to take my Mom out for coffee. Unbeknownst to me, some inconsiderate individual heaved a bag full off fast food remnants out their car window, and it had landed on the rural roadway I was traversing.
I was blissfully cruising along at the speed limit (I swear), and catching up with my Mom in the passenger seat. I turned a corner to find a murder of crows spread out on the road shortly ahead. They were busy ravaging the contents of the fast food bag, and they didn’t seem to notice me quickly approaching. Suddenly, my instincts kicked in, and my brain entered some sort of real life Eagle Vision/V.A.T.S. mode. My eyes darted to the rear view mirror to find there were two cars a short distance behind me. Abruptly braking would most likely result in a terrible rear end collision. The swarm took up the entire roadway, and the narrow road gave way to a deep ditch on both sides. Swerving would most likely result in a horrifying trip down a cliff. This all took place in the span of a second, and my brain decided I had no choice but to drive through the hungering swarm.
When I was within mere meters, the swarm ascended into the clear air above. Instead of flying away to safety, most of them flew toward my car. One hovering scavenger was flying too low, and it smashed into my driver’s side mirror. The brutal force of the impact sent the mirror flying off. I dodged an object that flew inside my open door window as a light shower of broken glass rained down on me. It all happened in the blink of an eye, and my passenger started panicking. I remained in a state of unflinching calmness, and continued driving without hesitation, until I found a safe spot to pull over. I brushed off the shards of glass as my passenger composed herself. She asked me: “How did you stay so calm?” The only answer I could think of was: “I guess it’s because I’ve been playing video games since I was 5.”
There is a plethora of research out there stating the link between playing video games and improved reflexes, as well as quicker proper decision making times. I’ve been playing video games for almost 23 years now, and I definitely credit them for helping me become a better driver. In the aftermath of my minor incident, I discovered that the object I dodged was actually the entire mirror surface, and it had grazed my Mom’s head. She was okay, and lightheartedly stated that she needed some sense knocked into her. I found it in the backseat and reattached it to its damaged frame. Part of a mirror is better than no mirror until I get it fixed. I also had to clean up several tiny pieces of broken glass littering my car interior. The hapless crow seemed to have miraculously survived the ordeal as well. I went back to check, and there was no trace of him.
A proud new member of my gaming family
Yes I know, the last thing I need is another way to add more games to my backlog. Regardless, my special edition Xbox One arrived this week. Thanks to the newer model being launched, this edition was heavily discounted and I scooped it up before it sold out. It’ll be a long time before I can afford a fancy 4K TV so I’m pleased to get a cheap older model. Unfortunately, this purchase also added 2 games to my backlog: Quantum Break and Alan Wake. I’ve connected it to my TV, patched it up (apparently its controllers need updates too), and downloaded the two games it came with. I’m not starting the games yet though. ReCore is coming out next week, and I want to focus on that game first. It is also the main reason why I decided to finally get Microsoft’s latest console in the first place.
Overall, I love the feel of the controller, and this slick beast runs much quieter than its predecessor. The intro video got me hyped, and I can’t wait to start playing ReCore on it soon. I hope my PS4 doesn’t get too jealous… My cranky Wii U isn’t really happy with me anyway. It has been months since I powered on the poor little guy.
More of the sweet stuff for the Amiibo addict
Despite my constant pleas for an intervention, no one has stopped me, and I have now amassed a complete collection of Nintendo’s little plastic figures. My heart skipped several beats when they announced the 30th Anniversary Legend of Zelda line. Even better, they will be released just in time for Santa’s crazy journey across the world. I’m disappointed there was no news about Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta, but the chance to own a figure of Link playing his epic Ocarina of Time makes me almost forget about them.
In other news:
- A special thanks to hungrygoriya for a fourth Entertaining Blogger nomination. I’m not going to do another post, but thank you so much for the shout out. I’ve only recently started following hungrygoriya, but I’m really enjoying reading about all of their rare retro game finds. Check out this awesome blog if you’re interested in learning more about the great games from the past.
- I’ve spent a grand total of 0 hours playing video games this week. Sadly, there is also more negative backlog progress, but real life is important too. I try to limit myself to one game per console at a time. That helps me avoid dropping games and forgetting about them. I’ll just be focusing on Fallout 4 (PS4), The Legend of Zelda (NES), and soon ReCore (Xbox One) for the foreseeable future.