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I ADMIT IT, I'M A GAMER

Updated on July 7, 2016

...And It's Okay

I am so hooked. Show me a game, and I almost can't refuse. Board games, card games, games done with paper and pencils on a brown paper bag - gotta' play.

I never intended to be a gamer, and the first time I was called a gamer, I didn't even know what it meant. We were at a church sleepover with my grandchildren, and while playing dominoes someone said, "Wow pastor you are a gamer!" I had to laugh, but after I thought about it, I had to agree.

From the time I was a little, small, Black child we played games. I learned to count playing dominoes. I learned to spell playing scrabble. I learned to budget and count money playing Monopoly. Friday night was game night in my grandparents house. I learned my books of the Bible having fastest find contests in BYTU (Baptist Youth Training Union) on Sunday nights. Games of 'Hide & Seek, Chinese Checkers, Mother May I, Kick The Can, Hop Scotch, etc were an important part of our everyday lives, and to our growth.

Games played with others, whether they were adults or other children aided in building confidence, let us know that being competitive was a good thing. Playing games taught us about rules, and if you wanted to play without drama, you needed to follow the rules. Games can teach us how to play life. I'm thankful to have had parents who used simple games to help prepare me for life outside our home. They used the game table on Friday nights as a vehicle to talk about common everyday things.

I may be mistaken since I don't have little kids any more, but I see more individual computor games than games that involve thee or more people. Sitting in front of a computor as I too often do now, doesn't seem to add to the creative or cognitive process that pople to people games do. I love computor games, but if I'm not winning I can turn it off and start over again. With people you have to play it out r stomp out withan attitude. That in itself is a lesson that would be immidiately addressed, of what not to do and why.

I hope that as I get older I will continue to play games, with gusto.

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    • Pierre Savoie profile image

      Pierre Savoie 

      7 years ago from Canada

      For regular boardgames, there has been a revival of games chiefly from European designers. Typical of that is SETTLERS OF CATAN, an outstanding game based on the general philosophy that no one is eliminated early, everyone stays engaged and interacts until the final winner is determined.

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      Pierre Savoie 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Roleplaying games expand the dimensions of gaming exponentially. It all makes regular boardgames look like Flatland. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (now simply Dungeons & Dragons) had triple the number of words than the Bible in its rulebooks -- and that was the first edition only.

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      Mike and Dorothy McKenney 

      7 years ago from United States

      I think we are all hooked a little...technology has made us crazy for games!

    • writerjay profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay Johnson 

      7 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      Your answer lets me know that I'm not alone either - lol

    • writerjay profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay Johnson 

      7 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      Your answer lets me know that I'm not alone either - lol

    • Aiyetora-ICe profile image

      Aiyetora-ICe 

      7 years ago from Acworth, Georgia

      I understand you Jay, and am also hooked. I do not have anyone to play with as my grandchildren are all 7 and under, and I live alone. After leaving them at their house and returning home, all I do is work on my writing and play games on Pogo.com. That is how I go to sleep at night. This piece lets me know that I am not alone. Thank you for posting this.

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