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Has Playing Games Affected Your Social Life?

As most of you know, I'm a big gamer and a big proponent of maintaining an active social life while keeping up-to-date on my favorite hobby. I have also written editorials in the past, praising the older generation of gamers for finding moderation, and in general, for growing up. I believe the majority of us have moved past a time when we could be accused of using video game as an escape; or when games really did have an adverse effect on our lives. However, as is the case with any hobby, we can often lose ourselves for a certain span of time, sometimes at the sacrifice of other things...things that probably shouldn't have been sacrificed.

So, let's take a moment and laugh at ourselves. Bear in mind that I don't believe any of you are "addicted" to gaming and that I know we have plenty of older, knowledgeable members at PSXE. So feel free to tell us your most embarrassing moments; times when gaming really robbed you of a great experience or simply made you miss out. Just to make you feel a little more secure, I'll get the ball rolling. Here are examples in my past when gaming really...well, got me:

"Dinner at 8 p.m...yup, got it"

So there I am in college (shut up; it wasn't that long ago) and although I only dated one girl in that span of time (again, shut up; I was an RPG freak at the time), it did last for a good six months. The week after finals, she tells me she wants to celebrate with an intimate evening alone; i.e., she'll cook and make the atmosphere perfect and all I have to do is show up. Eight o'clock sharp. Well, I get home at about 5 p.m. and I figure I've got time to play some Final Fantasy VIII; I had been gearing up for my encounter with Omega Weapon, and I really didn't think I'd be able to fight him. I wanted to do more preparation but for whatever reason, I just decided to go at him...without looking at the clock. It was 7:30 or thereabouts. I failed the first time but I knew what I had to do so I went to go do it...about an hour later, I get a phone call. The conversation went something like this-

Me: "Hello?"

Girl: "Ben? Um...it's 8:30. Where are you?"

Me: "Oh...yeah. Well, you know. Boss fight.

Girl: "Boss fight? That's why you haven't showed-"

Me: "YOU BUST OUT TERRA FLAME ONE MORE FU***** TIME AND I'M GONNA SHOVE IT UP YOUR BIG DRAGON ASS!!!!!"

'click'

Yeah, so, I didn't really talk to her much after that. Oops.

"Party? Downstairs? ...be right there"

College again. This time, me and a few friends set up four computers in two dorm rooms so we could play multiplayer Diablo II and Heroes of Might and Magic III. Some girls walked by the rooms (which were right across from one another), stuck their heads in and said there was a party downstairs and everyone was invited. We all said something along the lines of, "oh, okay, cool. We'll be down." Then we got involved. We kinda forgot. At one point, one of my friends, who always insisted on being a mage and rushing into battle, managed to sprint ahead of our group and we lost him. Two minutes later, I hear this shriek from across the hall: "Oh my God, RUN!" That freak had basically rounded up every enemy on the map and he was dragging them all back to us. I see his character on my screen shoot across at about a million miles an hour, followed by like a thousand enemies. If I hadn't laughed so hard, I might've escaped.

A few hours later, one of those girls stuck her head in again and inquired after our absence. I think I may have nodded vaguely in her direction and proceeded to instruct my buddy on the dos and don'ts of attacking Necromancer armies in HoMMIII. "Yeah, see, you better hope they don't have Expert Earth Magic and Animate Dead, 'cuz you're screwed." I left at 2:30 a.m., and not a one of us had set foot downstairs.

The mother of all eff-ups...

Arnold will still ride me for this even now, as well he should. This was back when I was doing entertainment journalism for the papers. If you weren't aware, I did handle a lot of interviews in that span of time, and although most were phone interviews, some were face-to-face. Well, I did meet and hang out with one particular singer who, although not so famous then as she is now, was downright adorable and a real pleasure to be around. Most of my interviews weren't so down-to-earth and sweet, and it seemed to help that I was way out of it in terms of pop culture knowledge. I believe my first comment to her was, "okay, yeah, I really don't know who you are. I just wanted to get that out in the open." She laughed really hard and things went well after that. Anyway, she asked if I might come back and do the same interview for the same paper for another concert tour the following year. By that time, I had moved on (I was here, peeps) so I had to decline, but she said I should show up anyway to "say hi."

'deep breath' I forgot. I really did. I had started a new game of Final Fantasy Tactics the day before, and although I even got dressed to go the following evening, I sat down and suddenly got it into my head that I had to Master Summoner for Ramza before I left. I lost track of time and when I stood up, the concert had been over for an hour. ...I'm not proud of this. It's my most embarrassing story ever. But there you have it. Now if y'all don't reciprocate with your own embarrassing stories, I'm gonna be pissed.

P.S. No, don't ask after the singer's name. That will NEVER be made public.

7/3/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (94 posts)

SerichA
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 10:33:32 PM
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Of course...but it's better this way, anyway. That's why we play games, right..?

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CH1N00K
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 10:34:28 PM
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I've got one similar to the first one you told. Except instead of letting the girl know that I was playing video games, I told her that I couldn't be bothered to get up and go out. Yeah, she never talked to me much after that. But it worked out in the long run, because the girl that I'm with now likes to game..lol

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 10:35:05 PM
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"At one point, one of my friends, who always insisted on being a mage and rushing into battle, managed to sprint ahead of our group and we lost him."

LEEEROY JENKINS!!!!!

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mikeyp323
Wednesday, July 08, 2009 @ 6:44:03 AM

I had the same thought exactly :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 10:40:08 PM
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I bet you're not ready to laugh about that last one yet are ya Ben? ;)

When I was a kid gaming was probably one of the bigger parts OF my social life, as a teen the only thing that I let get in the way of social stuff was a Final Fantasy, and that was a price I gladly paid. Now I have such few social things left to do (Growing up sucks, your friends all bail) that I never let them get in the way. I'm supposed to be introduced to a girl tomorrow night and even inFamous isn't gonna get in my way!

Sorry Ben, can't think of anything horribly embarrassing but I'm sure there is something I'm missing as I block out awful past experiences :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 10:41:14 PM

"I bet you're not ready to laugh about that last one yet are ya Ben? ;)"

I may never be. :(

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www
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 6:38:47 AM

inFamous shouldn't get in your way at all, trust me it's not worth it, your only gonna get shot ridiculously lol. Go to see the girl.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:38:18 AM

scale the buildings man! But yeah if there's even the slightest chance at some real action that takes precedence.

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SarahPalinMILF
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 10:44:49 PM
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I gotta say Ben, I love the pictures you manage to find...

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TGG
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 10:52:08 PM
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I've never actually had any embarrassing stories with video games. My budget hath been cut short in the past, so I often have to stop out of financial necessity. Plus, sometimes I just get burnout and lose interest. Then I'll move onto something else, like film or books. I really enjoy the pleasure of finishing really great things (great video games, great books, great films; I know it's subjective), so I'm always looking for that next high. Books and movies are really easy getting your hands on.

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 10:55:26 PM
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Now that I think about it, I do have one. When I first started talking to my girl, she was dating someone else. After a few weeks, I let it slip to one of her friends that I had a thing for her(obviously not an accident).

Long story short she ended up breaking off from the old guy. My best friend and one of her friends were dating, and after she broke up w/ the other guy she went to my best friends house. I was also there, playing Tekken 5 with a couple of my friends. And I played all night. I never said a word to her the first night she was officially single, and she was literally one room away talking with her friends. It all worked out ok, but it could have easily went the other way.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 10:59:27 PM

Whew, that coulda hurt ya my friend.

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 11:20:46 PM
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We've all taken the time to setup an account on an online forum related to videogames. I think it's pretty reasonable to assume we've all effected our social lives due to videogames.

My biggest problem as far as gfs go is they seem to be fine about the videogames early on in the relationship but eventually it turns into false hope on their part that it's just a phase I'm going through.

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fatelementality
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 11:21:23 PM
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I can't stop laughing at the hilarity contained within this article. My best story goes something like this: The event takes place in my early high school years one night in late October. A girl that I really had a crush on and her 4 friends rolled my house with toilet paper in their underwear at 3 a.m. The sad part is that I was awake the whole time playing FF7 in MY underwear. I missed the greatest peep show that a young boy could have ever asked for (and possibly a few more good things if I would've played my cards right). They thought I was asleep but I was just ignorant and completely focused on my mission: Breeding a gold chocobo. Well it's been real, now I'm gonna go to my room and cry and cry and cry and drink for a while.

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 11:26:25 PM

Hehe, I think the most important question is were you successful with your breeding?

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fatelementality
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 11:43:42 PM

I've bred before, I've bred enough, back to games.

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fatelementality
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 11:50:22 PM

Oh, the chocobo breeding.......right.

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:03:04 AM

Haha, I was vague on purpose hoping you would take the bait!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:59:42 AM

HEY. Choco breeding is IMPORTANT.

...just trying to get that damn Counter Magic materia by betting on the Choco races got a liiiitle tedious.

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fatelementality
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:56:17 PM

lol @ Ben

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Morals
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 11:26:13 PM
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The hottest GIRL at school just asks "me" out, Killzone 2 just came out. ohh the choices. Tell her im busy, play Killzone 2 a week straight.

BEST DECISION EVER!!!!

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SarahPalinMILF
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 1:49:52 AM

that is a situation where you could have had her help you multi-task if you get what I'm saying lol

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Alienange
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 11:26:30 PM
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Gaming has definitely affected my social life... thank goodness.

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fatelementality
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 11:49:11 PM
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What I don't get is that it's okay if a girl has 30-50 pairs of shoes, over 100 stuffed animals (which serve no purpose other than to give one major allergic reactions), and a porcelain egg collection (once again, no purpose whatsoever) on which they've dropped several thousand dollars. Yeah, I'm crazy, whatever.

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 11:13:53 AM

Don't forget the $500 coach bags that hardly get used. I played the same price for my PS3 and now it's broken down from too much use.

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mastiffchild
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 1:54:17 PM

Dunno about the shoes being an issue-I've got well over 200 pairs of vintage Adidas kicks and still pick 'em up when I can! So I guess I can empathise with those girls who need the right pair of Jimmy's for EVERY outfit!

Gam,ing, as such, has never made me miss out on anything good, not that I can remember(maybe 'cos nearly all my long terms gf's have been partial to gaming as well as me)anyway! So I don't have any "Ben" stories!

I will say, though, as we gamers do get some real stick from those ignorant of our hobby/passion/obsession that since I've been too ill to either work properly or play sports anymore the way the gaming community has helped fill the void has been amazing.

I fell really poorlt around ten years back now and in that time I've fallen into real and online friendships that I never would have otherwise done and it's made me realise that even a really bad thing can have it's upside. Although a few of us get het up over console preferences and such and we have an image that's skewed from Xbox Live potty mouthed kids the truth about us is very different.

I've found 99% of gamers very accepting and sympathetic and am eternally grateful for this treatment as at the time I was down on everything and felt "real" life was over for me. May sound daft and sickly but, really, a lot of what I found among the gamers I met really did help me get on with my different life.

Now I'm members of clans from websites, from my football supporters club and good mates with all manner of interesting people that didn't need to even acknowledge me.

So, far from harming my socual life Gaming, and gamers inparticular, have helped to rebuild mine!

Sorry for being such a smaltz freak but it really is true.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:01:16 AM
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Okay I've kinda got one, it was a killer, not even a funny story so much as a sad one. I was chillaxin in my room playing FFXIII right? Well I'm getting kinda hungry, its late at night, so I go down for a bite. And there it is, my older brother takin two girls from MY school to the hot tub. I didn't know what to do, I wasn't invited so I didn't wanna crash their fun but I probly shoulda weaseled in there. Shit wasn't fair of him to begin with, was my territory. I just sadly ascended the steps and kept playing because Rinoa was hanging off a cliff somewhere, o man...

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:03:45 AM

Wait...which FF?

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:04:28 AM

Ah, you mean VIII.

:)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:22:51 AM

heh, VIII, sorry. Got XIII on the brain.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:58:53 AM

WTH? Your brother was pimpin'. ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 4:30:14 PM

He's always pimped better than me, really gets my goat, or it did, he's married now and I'm still single with no kids, woohoo :D

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Abidan13
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:21:01 AM
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I had gotten all dressed up for an awards banquet for my high school: I was receiving an award for "scholastic distinction" and a major scholarship to go with it. So, I'm waiting for my ride to show up and decide to stick on Xenosaga III and try to beat the final boss before hand. The banquet started at 7pm. I had beat the boss but also watched the entire ending cutscenes. Afterwards, I looked at the clock- 10:30pm. I missed the entire ceremony. Instead, I got my award in the mail and it had gotten wet since the day it was delivered, it was pouring.

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mackid1993
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:46:54 AM
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takes alot of guts to write that ben. love your editorials.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:57:38 AM

Thx. :)

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StevieRV
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 1:06:12 AM
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I'm 15 and last year when GTA IV came out i was honestly addicted, i spent 32 hours clocking the game in the first month (during the school term) anyway i skipped two basketball trainings and two matches because i couldn't get off GTA IV, the coached called to see if i was sick, I lied and said i had bronchitis

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Alienange
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 1:31:05 PM

Another win for the ESRB.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 1:07:22 AM
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I can't think of a time where my gaming has ever effected my antisocialism what-so-ever, LOL

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:58:00 AM

Oh, come ON. In ALL your years of gaming...never?

I refuse to believe it. ;)

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Wage SLAVES
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 2:43:11 PM

Seriously. If your a gamer, SOMETHING has happened. I remember forgetting I even had a girlfriend when I first got into Halo 2. We would spend entire weekends on system link.

Nowadays, people don't wanna be around me when Im playing Burnout! (I throw controllers)

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:26:12 PM

I think you're both missing his point/joke.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 4:02:32 AM

lol, doesnt' affect my anti-socialness either.

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 1:35:46 AM
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all my GFs have been cool with gaming, my GFs Halsey, Ellen, Audrey, and Caroline have PS3s and my GF Katie had a 360, Katie didn't last long. BTW i'm with Caroline, she's awesome. Our Killzone sessions have been pretty damn hot. :)

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 1:40:36 AM
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oh btw. Happy 4th of July, and sorry to all the canadians out there who i offended last week, but not SHADOW. *shakes fist in an angrily manner*

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SarahPalinMILF
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 1:51:47 AM

*shakes fist in agreement* lol

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Oyashiro
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 2:17:37 AM
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Now I'm going to be wondering about who the singer is.

Lets see... Embarrassing stories...

I was once playing Fatal Frame with my Ex. That one ghost that is really fast and had the long arms came out of nowhere and scared me to high hell, And I literally screamed like a school girl.

The rest of the is completely false and I made it up in my head to make me feel better.

She turned to me and said "That manly war cry has turned me on." And we made out the whole night. ;)

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www
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 6:43:41 AM
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Well i've never let gaming get in my way, even if it has i guess what i had to go do outside wasn't important that's why i don't even remember.

One thing my dad always tells me is "Your game will be there FOREVER" those events happen once in a while, its not worth missing them because of game.

Anyway LOL at the "Dinner at 8.pm" story.

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XRAVE
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 7:22:05 AM
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i lost 3 girl friends for playing games.

the worst thing happened was when i played EQOA on the ps2.. i was logged in on my necromancer when i suddenly got horny we started to make love and suddenly i hear my necromancer was attacked and i didnt want the debt you get if you die. so i just hurry up grap the controller and safe my self....but after the her legs was closed lol.

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migabyte
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 8:14:38 AM
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During my social peak (19-24) I didn't really play games, so that helped. Now that I am back my gf doesn't mind so it has never been a problem. When I was a kid social interactions were kind of primitive, sometimes games helped, friends playing games together an whatnot.

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pavlovic
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 8:42:27 AM
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When I broke with an ex a couple of years ago, after all the fight, tears and everything, she yelled at me "I hope that you find someone that let you play videogames"...

WTF???? What was that to do with nothing? I just laughed

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Deadman
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 9:29:29 AM
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Cant say videogames had any kind of negative affect on my social life cause all my friends play and we'd play together but I have gotten in trouble over them.

The most recent was God of War, so I picked it up April of '08 and imediatly thought wow what a good game. Now the week I spent playing it I was working a 3pm-11pm shift at work which got me home about 11:30pm my wife would wait up for me to say "goodnight" but I had no interest that game was too fun.

Teusday night Wednsday morning trouble started not only was she extra bitchy cause I'd rather play the game than well you know, but Wed. morn. I was still up playing while she was getting up for work at 6am. "You know you have to be up to get your daughter on the bus!" she shouted. "I know I will be." My response.
Well I shut off the game at this point cause I knew the rest of my day would suck if I didnt get any sleep, my duaghter was up 15 min. later I got her dressed and she watched some cartoons and I fell asleep on the couch next to her OOPS. I woke up to my phone ringing and the wife furious cause the kid missed the bus now I have to wake up and sit with both my kids so they dont tear up the house. I still managed to come home and stay up till 3am playing.

Friday the real fun started I made it to Ares at 2pm, the time I gotta start getting ready for work I kept thinking this wont take long beat him in 20min get ready then, Nope 2:45 and still didnt beat him and I knew if I turned it off I'd have to do the whole battle over again so I called off from work, which was one call off too many and got me suspended for 3 days. At least I had God of War II to play for those days off.

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phade2blaq
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:28:00 AM
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For me playing video games is a way to say money and entertain at home. I hardly go to the movies because of the rising costs so renting games and/or dvd movies saves money for me !

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AntDC
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:35:54 AM
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Great editorial Ben. I can't think of when video gaming may have effected my social life, but when MGS4 came out I didn't go to school for 3 days until I'd clocked it.

I was sick *cough*.

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ResinChem
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:38:42 AM
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OK... here's a way video games affected my social life, but not the way you might think! As some of you know, I'm one of the older guys here. We had an Atari 2600 when I was in my mid-teens. My mom would occasionally play, but when Pac-Man came out, she was completely hooked... playing non-stop for hours on end until she had blisters on her hands from that old joystick.

So, one Saturday I had finally managed to land a date with a girl I had had a crush on for quite some time. Stopped by the house to have her meet the parents. Dad was great, but Mom could hardly be bothered to say "Hi" because she was engrossed in her Pac-Man.

We went to a local drive-in (remember those?) and things went MUCH better than I could have hoped. So good, we decided we could go back to my house and sneak up to my bedroom. We do the whole "shut the car off early and coast up to the house thing". We quietly sneak in through the garage... and BOOM... there's Mom STILL playing Pac-Man over 4 1/2 hours later! Busted! Never went on another date with that same girl.

So, yes, gaming has affected my social life. But it wasn't MY gaming... it was my mom's!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:56:22 AM

THAT'S just plain special. :)

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www
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 6:26:41 PM

LOL ResinChem

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SubjectiveTruth
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 8:39:23 PM

LmfAO! It's so funny that people all think of the coast to the driveway thing, I can remember SOOO many times either pushing my dirtbike out of the driveway to go get drunk with my best bud at the time and chicks then having to coast back in afterwards. Just recently I concidered having my bud pushing the parents car outa the driveway in neutral. I just recently discovered that if you have the parking brake on in a car a little bit you can still move but the lights don't come on.

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tlpn99
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 10:58:46 AM
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Gaming has never affcted my social life. I am playing at the min Call Of Jurarez Bound In Blood but I got to stop playing soon as I am headed out with the boys for a few beers.

When I was seeing my ex (it lasted about 6 months) while seeing her I was able to play with her son on his PS2 (it was before PS3 had come out, the 360 was out but I didnt have one at the time either) so I got my gameing fix playing games with her son. We would do co-op etc on most of his games and I helped him complete a couple. She didn't mind as she could watch her shows while I was keeping her son quiet for her and I was in the next room in her eye view. Boy did I get it when he went to bed she couldn't keep her hands off me. So playing games helped me get it so to speak she was just happy he was kept quiet of a night.

I missed playing on my own games though as sometimes playing with someone else while the experience is fun after a while you start wanting to game on your own and complete and do stuff. So what did I do when I split up with her, I bought myself a 32" LCD LG tv I got a 360 as the PS3 had been postponed until March the next year (I am in UK) and then by the time October come the following year I got my PS3. So I am more than happy now :)

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 11:00:16 AM
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I never had trouble. All my friends played games too. I have always been able to date on a normal level and am now married to a woman who doesn't love gaming but doesn't mind that I do either. I thought maybe i was an addict, but after my PS3 broke this week I realized I'm not. Yea id like to finish MGS4 again for the 20th time. But I can wait.

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FireWarrior
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:25:00 PM
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My experience wasn't really embarrasing. I started dating this girl who said she played video games. So I think cool we must be perfect match. When I go to her place on our whatwasit second or third date I start to look for a console. Well I don't find one but she has a PC in her room. So i go ok she plays PC. Well it turns out she plays WoW which I cannot stand and she just wanted me to sit while she went raiding. I suggest we go to my place to play some 2 player games and she flips out and starts yelling at me how important the raid is. So that was the end of that chapter.

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sobleck
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 5:58:05 PM

oh man, i feel for you...wow

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Russell Burrows
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 12:32:25 PM
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Remember when BMW had bmw films?
Yeah that movie called Star with Madonna and Clive Owen as the driver that was Directed by Guy Ritchie.

Well there was an online game that you played and it gave as a final clue a location.

That location I solved and decided to go there since curiosity was killing me.

Car full of gasoline and every thing ready for the discovery trip.

A pal brings by my FF 7 game from Electronics Boutique that I never got to play when it first came out.

So I pop in the FF7 game and play for a bit saying ehhh I can hit the road in an hour or two.........sure ha!

Long story short I missed going on that road trip to a party hosted by BMW! to hang with Madonna, Clive Owen and Guy Ritchie.

And to those lucky few that went to the party BMW gave away a single brand new BMW! like the one in the film STAR!

Radio edit..........I was so pissed! that I missed that party!

Oh well at least I got to play FF7 at last.

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BigBoss4ever
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 2:56:58 PM
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gaming when going to elementary school, steal the coin/little money from my piggy bank and get a few arcade machine coins to play or buy the Contra/Double Dragon cartrige for my NES without parent's notice.

gaming when going to the high school, that means drop out of the class + teachers phoning parents for no show.

gaming when going to the university, that means copy other's assignments + do only printing/binding for team projects + cramming endlessly for midterm/finals.

these are my 20+ years of gaming life and to summarize it all: bad for school but good for gaming and leveling up! lol

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www
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 3:11:54 PM
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Ben, but i think we should also acknowledge the fact that there's been instances where i or we were like;

"Thank goodness i stayed at home and played game,there was trouble at the nightclub"

"Glad i stayed home and played game,the party was a flop after all, i didn't miss out on nothing"

YES! I just remembered, one time i had to meet this girl at a restaurant, i sat there for like 2 hours waiting and in the end she didn't show up,hell! I remember that night i was so furious for wasting all my time.
So it would've been beneficial if i stayed home and played some games,right?

I think you should have another article like "Times we were glad we stayed home and played games"


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Random_Steve
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 3:16:04 PM

sucks to be you lol

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www
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 3:45:30 PM

Lol but afterward i was cool with her and i reaped all benefits off of her, if you know what i mean...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 8:18:49 PM

www: Oh, that's definitely true. In fact, I'm willing to bet that gaming has saved more of us from bad experiences than preventing us from having good experiences.

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Robochic
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 3:54:06 PM
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I think for me is when me and my husband were first dating, i just got my PS2 and was so into KH, well I was suppose to go out for dinner with him to meet his parents, well I got to the part with hercules and said oh this won't take long i'll kill this two headed monster and save and be on my way, well by the time i finished that and got to the next world i look up at the clock and I was 4 hours late oops. Not the best first impression, when i showed up I told them i had to kill a two headed monster they were not to impressed but my husband was 2 months later he asked me to marry him, the inlaws like me now but i've given them two beautiful grandkids. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 4:32:27 PM

female gamers ftw, if a girl told me she was late because she hadda kill some Boss I'd let it go, probably laugh.

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tu24
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 4:40:27 PM
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I think the only embarrassing game story I have is when I was younger and had a Gameboy Pouch to carry it around to play my Pokemon Gold :|

Oh I only "read" this article to check out the image at the top. HAHAHA :[

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Ultimate_Balla
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 5:18:00 PM
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LMAO! @ The First One. . . Well Letz Just Say I Got My Ps1 After The Release Of TThe Ps2. . . 3 Years Later We Got The Ps2, In That Time Gap I Literally Said No To 4 Ladies:-( Spent So Much Time On The ps1 That The World Changed Without Me Noticing It. My Ps1 Died Just A Month Ago After 8 Wonderful, And I*m Still Ladiless. LOL.

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sobleck
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 5:54:55 PM
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Ok i have a few, somewhat recent also. In my first year of uni I came back from holiday in Africa, the weekend before exams were about to start and I had recently recieved ffxii in the mail after preordering it from GAME. I then got a phonecall from a friend who's birthday it would be in a couple of days, i was like i'm a lil tired and i'd just rather see what ff12 is about. I put it in and got annoyed when the phone kept ringing off the hook. I finally picked it up and my friends said he was going to a club for his birthday, "vip, free drinks crazy times" etc. I'm just the kind of guy who isn't impressed by such. I told him it was late but i'd stop by later in the week before his actual birthday. I played ffxii all night (loved the gambit system) and went to bed late. 2 days later i log onto facebook and see my friend, and his two sisters (they're triplets) with another mutual friend in pictures with all members from the black eyed peas, timbaland and his brother. It turns out that they went to 'crystal' some high fliers club and met up with the celebs and partied with them all night, with timbaland and will.i.am. performing a little, with timbaland's brother DJ'ing' My mouth dropped and i promised myself i would never again let this hobby of mine get in the way of a major social event.

Sooo since i conquered social events, lets talk academic events, when uncharted came out, i was meant to be taking exams and I was obsessed with the game because I had played the demo. again it came in the mail as a pre-order and was one of the earlier games in my ps3 library. I told myself i wouldnt touch it untill exams were over but i got bored of studying and just though why not? I played the game and beat it in about 3 day between studying. I actually took the ps3 over to my friends place the day before the exam and played all night until i beat the game. I then checked my exam schedule and realized the exam was in the morning instead of the afternoon like I orginally thought. I fell asleep woke up early took the exam, but found myself replaying the most cinematic sequences of uncharted in my head while taking the exams, i passed with good marks, but man was i pushing it.

Ok finally, here's how gaming put me in a jaw dropping situation. I was about 15 when this 17 year old (insanely hot) girl and her 18 year old (EVEN HOTTER) friend moved in down the street. I welcomed them to the neighbourhood, and surprisingly enough we got to hangin out (I had a pool) and we became pretty good friends. One day the 17 year old comes round and see me playing my n64, she tries to strike up a convo but i have a friend over and i'm so engrossed in f-zero x that i pay her little attention. she gets up and leaves. next day she comes in and acts like nothing happened and happens to let it drop that she has and old nes lying around her house and would love to play but she can't seem to get it ot work in her new place. I said hey i'll come over and set it up for you. I show up at hers a few hours later and she welcomes me in and takes my upstairs. She has the nes on the table and i say 'cool stuff, i'll set it up' she says its hot and shes going to go change and head off to her room. I fiddle around with the nes and have it connected, but there is a cable missing. I hear her walk in behind me and I turn around to see her in some lacey unmentionables and my 15 year old brain fries on the spot 'uh...uh...theres a cable..um..er...missing...(inhales and exhales in half a cough)' she says 'whats wrong its just some underwear' i say 'um nothing nothings wrong'. shes like 'ok well i think i misplaced the cable when i moved, so what do you want to do now?' I'm sure you'd like to know what i said, but honestly do you really need me to spell it out, ok ok, it went along the lines of 'whatever you have in mind, lets do something so you don't have to change again' she smiles, end of story, you can figure out the rest. Gaming is one of the greatest hobbies in my life for oh so many reasons ;)

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N a S a H
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 6:04:01 PM
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I don't think it has really ever effected me. I love the gaming but like all things I love, I moderate it.

If the guys came over and asked me to call out I'd turn it off and go. It'll be there when I get back from where ever.

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slackernz
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 7:57:54 PM
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It was britney spears wasn't it ben?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 8:18:04 PM

The day I label that mess of a woman as "down-to-earth" and "adorable" is the day you may commit me.

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Alienange
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 8:38:13 PM

As a power guesser I'd say it was Miley Cyrus. And shame on you Ben she's too young! lol

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 9:14:50 PM

Of course she's too young. And no, it's not her.

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mikeyp323
Wednesday, July 08, 2009 @ 6:54:42 AM

Christina Aguilera?

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tes37
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 8:01:28 PM
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I got made fun of one time by one of my girlfriend's. She used to find porno magazines under the bed when she was with her exhusband, when I was with her she was pulling gaming magazines from under the bed.

Closest thing I could think of.

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Kangasfwa
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 11:34:00 PM
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Last Month:

Manager-"[Kangasfwa], you haven't been late in five months. What happened?"

Me-"... inFamous."

Manager-"What?"

Me-"It's a game."

Manager-"You were late because of a video game?"

Me-"If you played it, you would understand."

I've been working as a server 5-6 days a week for the past 7 or so months. So yeah.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 11:39:20 PM
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Ben,
Nahhh, I don't remember much of the 60's & 70's anymore due to all those goodies we did back in the day. Like the old saying goes....
"If you can remember the 60's-70's, then you weren't there"!

Anyway, I've always been far from the mainstream, & always thought of most people
are just mindless sheep following the manipulators like Lemmings jumping off the cliff & into the sea.

That's mostly why I became a biker, I hung around a few clubs even when I was young.
I've always had a hard-core attitude & I've never taken sh*t from anyone. I also love the camaraderie that comes from running my own club now, and being a freedom fighter & biker rights advocate, plus my love affair with Harley's since way back when.

Anyway all this above relates to my gaming indirectly......
Since I've never been mainstream, you would never see me hanging in the "usual places"
with the "usual people as most people, I'd much rather be hanging with the "usual suspects".

With me & women, it's all "what they see, is what they get"!!! My Harley & my club takes 1st priority over life, 2nd priority is my gaming, & then 3rd is my women, in that order.

But even with knowing our priorites, most women STILL gravitate towards us "bad boy" biker types & they love the feel of 780 lbs of pure thobbing raw power pounding between their legs(that is, if they don't count my bike's rear-view mirrors too).

So long story short, if I'm TCB with my club, or I'm playing a video game, my women know that I'll get around to them when I get around to them. It's just the ways things are, & they either understand it & go with the flow willingly(99% do), or the few that don't, are just groupies or wannabee posers anyway, & they decide early on to hit the highway in search of a more greener pasture(I hope they found it).

So unfortunately, I can't say that my gaming has ever gotten me any relationships or problems with women. But my combined "f*ck off" attitude & my Harley has.
It's certainly gotten me more than I ever want or need. And only the cream of the crop ever gets a ride on the back of my bike, or a ride in my bedroom.

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www
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 12:28:06 PM

Your life's pretty interesting, hope you have GTAIV: Lost & Damned

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SubjectiveTruth
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 8:44:47 PM

:S...I hate the idea of Harley's and those kinda bikes, my opinion of course.(Gotta say that these days, for some dumb reason) ANyways, my reason for that is that for me a motorcycle should be able to: Go really fast. Hold a high speed on corners. Do catwalks and stunts and or be able to hit huge jumps. To me it just seems that harley's can only sound cool and look "badass".

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Skatejimmy5
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 3:35:32 PM
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This may not be kinda big like yours' Ben, but atleast it made me skip a social gathering (with family but whatever). Anyways, it was actually as late as the latest Christmas ('08), and my brothers were just leaving to visit the rest of the family. I said I would follow in like 5-10 minutes, so I figured I should play one of the demos on my PS3. Anyway, I got stuck for like 40 minutes playing stupid Alone in the Dark. That's right, I played the AotD demo on Christmas instead of being with people. I suck.

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Shadow_Ninja
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 7:24:18 PM
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One time at band camp, there was this boy who brought cookies, then a bear came and attacked the boy for his cookies and the boy died! haha. I couldn't think of an embarassing story. So I made one up!

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SubjectiveTruth
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 8:49:34 PM

Have you ever scene a person who was killed or attacked by a bear?? **SHUDDERS** If I ever come across one of those in the bush I'm gonna unload my 30-30 into it. (Or any other gun onhand, 22 if need be, I heard about an old indian lady who killed one with a 22..scary)

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BikerSaint
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 10:00:32 PM
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@dr-GerOme NimZO,
So I'm guessing you're more the crotch rocket kind of guy.

Although they're not for us, I personally have no problems with rice riders.

But what I do have a problem with is, a few of the new sportbike rider f*ckheads who think it's cool to scream out to 70MPH in first gear just to show off, then pulling wheelies & stoppies in traffic, &killing innocent people when they lose control of their brand new bikes. Those few a-holes are the biggest reason all motorcyclist's get a bad rap.

We clubs police our own & have been known to bring the hammer down on the members who don't, quick, fast, and in a motherf*cking hurry.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, July 06, 2009 @ 11:27:48 AM

You're a feisty man.

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Shadow_Ninja
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 10:09:56 PM
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One time at band camp, there was this boy who brought cookies, then a bear came and attacked the boy for his cookies and the boy died! haha. I couldn't think of an embarassing story. So I made one up!

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Cheap WoW Gold
Monday, July 06, 2009 @ 11:41:16 AM
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Yeah! Playing games really affected my social life. I am really addicted to final fantasy that I even buy fffxi gil everytime just to gear up my toons. I stared at my monitor almost around a clock. Because of that, I forgot how to get along with my family, friends and with other people. :(

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smileys_007
Monday, July 06, 2009 @ 2:29:58 PM
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Yeah! It's because of video games that I don't have a girlfriend right now. Ever since the first time I touched the NES up to the ps3, I've been addicted to video games up until now. It will always be my favorite hobby until the day I die.

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Mr Bitey
Monday, July 06, 2009 @ 3:55:18 PM
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When MGS4 was released I called out of work to stay home and play it. That weekend, I told my girlfriend I didn't want to come over because I was busy.

The next time I saw her, I slipped up and let out that I played the game all weekend. Her eyes widened, and her jaw dropped. "So you avoided me to stay home and play your game?!?!?!" Amazingly we are still going out :)

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Douchebaguette
Monday, July 06, 2009 @ 9:45:45 PM
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Yo Ben, it's Regina Spektor, isn't it? =P

Can you at least describe the singer? She a solo artist? Does she play an instrument as well as vox?

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As for me: well, the person that I'm kinda seeing has had a discussion with me of how she wouldn't fail to seduce me if I was to be playing my fav game of all time. She confirmed that the destruction of my PS3 would occur before she'd fail to achieve this xD. So I guess I'll stick to being able to play later.

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[I know, late reply. I was going to reply 2 days ago, even on this page, but I have the memory of a goldfish].

Dinner At 8pm is awesome.

Lastly @ www: true; I also agree that gaming has helped us avoid potentially negatives times more than positive.

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JiggleBeetz
Tuesday, July 07, 2009 @ 3:12:42 PM
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i got one and it saddens me to think about it again FFXII had just been released, and i must admit i was addicted thoroughly. Needless to say with football off-season practice, an my need to play the game i hadn't seen my girlfriend at the time for a two weeks ( she didn't go to my high school so we only saw each other about once a week anyway ) she calls my cell while I'm playing, now I'm not really sure what she said to kick off the conversation but i remember her saying something about us not having time for each other (she and I were bout starting track) and how she thinks we should break up now the only thing I could afford to say was "... uh sure " lol
What makes the situation worse was it took me three months to build up the courage to even talk to that girl, eh I was young

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