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Press Start is an introspective column on gaming and life from my perspective. Periodically, I want to bring something more to the table than a standard gaming preview or review. While it is true that I don’t want to preach recovery, if you, the reader, get anything out of this then it is completely worth it to me.
Step 8 (from the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous) – Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
It is no secret that EverQuest made an indelible mark on my life and gaming career. The announcement was made by SOE recently that in March, EQ would be switching to a free to play, freemium if you will, payment model. Thirteen years after its original release, EverQuest is still going strong enough to be putting out its eighteenth expansion and support a fan base that I assume they hope will increase along with their profits much like DC Universe Online and EverQuest II has.
Thirteen years after the game’s release, I would have thought for sure it would be defunct by now with players moving on to bigger and better things, and yet, it still has that appeal that keeps people coming back. I would hazard a guess that the call to EverQuest is as strong as it ever was in the beginning for some. EverCrack had its grip on me on and off for about eight of those thirteen years and here I am roughly five years after my last login wondering about the game and contemplating my past that involves a lot of addiction to alcohol and gaming, specifically, EverQuest.
If ever there was a time to be grateful, this day and time of year is especially it for me. It is no secret that I am in recovery and that I’ve been working steps to become a better person. That includes working towards my goals and living my dreams instead of chasing them as talked about in my Press Start column. Addicted-Gamers.com would not be here if I was still a practicing drunk. I am grateful I get to work on this site and share with you our passion, our compulsion for gaming and entertainment. I’m grateful for all of the guys who have stepped up and helped out in this process. Most of all, I’m grateful for every one of you who comes to visit Addicted-Gamers and supports us.
Now that’s out of the way, if you have money burning a hole in your pocket, most of the Black Friday sales will start tonight. Check out the Cheap Ass Gamer guide to Black Friday we posted. They’ve got a pretty comprehensive list for your gaming needs.
Gorge on food. Watch football and get your gaming in. Just remember to be thankful you have those opportunities to do those things and share the time with friends and family.
Everyone that plays video games on some level is competitive whether it’s obsessing about your kill/death ratio in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or your win/loss ratio in Super Street Fighter IV. I’m no different. I’ve definitely tamed as I’ve gotten a little older (I turn 35 soon) but that competitive fire comes out occasionally, check that, my anger comes through and I need to stop what I’m doing and walk away. Sometimes I need a reality check, a reminder. Thanks to From Software and Namco Bandai for giving us Dark Souls to remind me of that. Yes, I knew going in it was hard to put it mildly. I chose to give it a try anyway for the sake of our readers. Boy was I wrong for that.
I’d like to tell you a little story.
I was always angry. As far back as I can remember I’ve been angry. Why? I don’t know. What I do know is that being an alcoholic and gaming addict was icing on the cake on top of being a raging asshole.
By now, hopefully, you’ve read my first article in a new column called Press Start. If not, please do, if for nothing else to get a little insight into the mind of a fellow gamer in recovery for alcoholism and how it relates to life, gaming, recovery and the genesis of this website, a project that I’d opined about for many years.
I realized I should follow that up with why the column is called Press Start. Some might believe that it was an easy way out for naming a column. You know. Video gaming. Press start. One might even believe that I chose to rip off the various other sites using Press Start for whatever purpose they choose to use it for. In reality though, it has nothing to do with that.
Press Start is a new introspective column on gaming, life, and recovery. Periodically I want to bring something more to the table than a standard gaming preview or review. While it is true that I don’t want to preach recovery, if you, the reader, get anything out of this then it is completely worth it to me. If you don’t, I understand.
It’s time to stop chasing dreams and start living dreams.
This is my new mantra. Addicted-Gamers.com is part of that dream. It started as an experiment on a blog that I realized I wanted to grow into something more. Sure, every gamer wants to play video games for a living. I want more than that. I want to write for a living. I want to run a successful website for a living. I want to be able to express and share my viewpoint and experiences to those that will find them enlightening and/or entertaining. It isn’t an easy task, but like my recovery, I’m committed and willing to the dream.