I love video games but I’m mostly a loner when it comes to playing. I don’t go for the online multi player games where I have to deal with other people even if it’s only through their avatar or their character. I’m always afraid as a newbie to those types of games that I’ll make a mistake. And when someone tries to chat with me using the chat feature I don’t know what to say. I can’t multi task while playing. So I stick to games on my computer or the PS4 that don’t require others.
My game of choice has been for a long time now The Sims. I loved the original Sims even though I came late to the party on that one. They’d already released The Sims 2 when I started playing. I bought all the expansion packs for the Original Sims. I loved the ability to send my Sims on vacation. I loved that they could practice magic. I downloaded hundreds of mods so they could do other things not possible with the base game like be vampires, go to an adoption agency, work other odd jobs that the original game didn’t have. I played it for a long time to the detriment of my writing. The thing about the Sims is that it’s real life, simulated. You create your Sims, have them learn skills, get jobs, pay bills, make up stories around them. I loved creating them and giving them back stories and something to accomplish in game.
Then The Sims 3 came along. I bypassed Sims 2 and went right for 3. It was cleaner, with a more polished look that the original. A lot more options when creating your Sims. They added a lot of expansion packs so your Sims could go on vacation, go to university, have pets, become vampires, fairies, ghosts, witches, werewolves. There’s even an expansion pack that let’s you have an invisible friend. I don’t have that one installed yet but it’s on my list.
The problem is I can play The Sims 3 for literally the whole day. I get sucked into sending my Sim on quests to fulfill their aspirations and their lifetime wish and before I know it the whole day has zipped by and it’s time for bed. And no writing got done. I’ve tried convincing myself I’ll only play for an hour. But that never pans out. So now I must use playing the Sims 3 as reward for finishing my novels. Notice I wrote novels not novel. Once I have a few novels completed and at least one published I will reward myself with a Sims 3 marathon.
Do you play video games? Is there something that keeps you from your to-do list?
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I have a new story out in an anthology! The Newcomer has twelve science fiction short stories from authors across the globe.
From a young couple struggling to look after their baby to a new captain’s reluctance to take command of her ship, and from a sun-addled stranger’s appearance in town to the emergence of a sentient AI, the twelve tales presented here explore the central theme of an arrival by someone or something new. There’s even an alien puppy.
The stories are:
Tithe by Griffin Carmichael
Exodus by Alec Hutson
First Bonding by Tom Germann
Ice Dreamer by J J Green
The Nanny by Cindy Carroll
Right Hand by Jonathan C Gillespie
What Make is Your Cat? by Richard Crawford
Kaxian Duty by Cherise Kelley
Lessons Learned by J Naomi Ay
The Humra by Laura Greenwood
The Hawk of Destiny’s Fist by James S Aaron
Repulse by Alasdair Shaw