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A bit of a story:

 

Last weekend, for the entire weekend, I was stuck out of town at my fiance's sister's wedding. Of course, I only consented to go on bribe(FFXI with HDD), but that's beside the point. Anyway, I got back home late Sunday night and I realized I still hadn't finished the original Steel Battalion. So, I gave it a few rounds to prepare for LOC and it was 5AM before I knew it. I was banging my head against the wall on the factory infiltration mission and time just got away from me since a failed attempt takes a good 20-30 minutes.

 

However, I figured it wouldn't be a big deal. I planned on logging in a few hours of work in the morning, going to my class, and being home and in bed by 2PM. However, I had a job interview the next day and I recieved an email inviting me to a pre interview dinner at 7:30 PM. I don't know how recruiting in other industries works, but skipping one of these dinners with a Big 4 accounting firm means you start your interview well behind the candidates who attended. So, I went to dinner and was basically miserable during the 3 hours of bullshit small talk.

 

At 10:30 I arrive home, and Line of Contact is waiting for me. Fuck. I had no choice but to play it until 3 AM. Then I remembered that I needed to fill out some paperwork and prepare a portion of my thank-you letter so it could be mailed quickly. That took until 5:45 AM, interview was at 9AM. After not sleeping AT ALL the night before, I went into my interview on two hours of sleep. Then I worked a full day and attended a night class, getting home at 10PM. However, instead of crawling into bed, my incredibly tired ass stays up until 5AM again playing Line of Contact.

 

The next day, I slept through the first half of my workday, as well as my morning class. I then went in for a half-day of work. Upon arriving home, I went to the store and bought Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX for FULL PRICE. That's right, I said it. FULL PRICE. I never, eeeeeeever pay $49.99 for games, but I was living on the wild side. Again last night, Line of Contact until 5AM, work at 9AM today. So, I post this to express remorse, although I really don't feel much remorse at all. It's more of a sick sense of accomplishment.

 

 

 

Now comes the question: have any of you all committed game related acts that you feel remorse for? It could be anything including lost jobs, ruined relationships, stealing or prostituting yourself to get your fix, etc. I for one have turned down sex on several occasions when I've been opening up a hot new release, but luckily my fiance is easy to get along with. Post your acts of shame or triumph, depending on how you look at it.

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I've got a 94 Chevy S-10 sitting in the driveway dead, electrical problem. I sold off a bunch of older games and systems I no longer play with the intention of using that money for the truck, ended up with about $350. I should have taken the truck in and at least found out what was wrong with it, but did I? Hell no, Steel Battalion, Steel Battalion LoC, Ninja Gaiden, and a Carve later and that money is only a faded memory.

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I need to say we have the most creative gamers here at LCVG. Just when you think every possible topic on video gaming has been discussed, someone breaks out a wonderfully original thread like this one. I had plenty of guilty laughs reading what has already been posted so far. Thanks for sharing too!

 

I need to think a bit, but I'm sure I'll come up with something to add to the thread. :twisted:

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Let's see here... I finished school last May, but there were certainly times when games took priority to studies.

 

For instance, I had a Law of Mass Communication class and during that semester the original Socom was released. Now this was pre-Live of course, so the gang of guys playing that game was huge. (Big upps to Cal for holding all of that together so well.) We were playing that game into the wee hours, and my Law class was an early one, so I'd be going to it on 5-6 hours of sleep, and eventually missing a class a week. I was lucky, there was a gal in the class who was in another one of my classes and she was cool enough to let me borrow her notes. In any event, I passed the class with a C-, I think, even though pre-Socom I had a B+.

 

Fast-forward about a year to the release of Wolfenstein for Xbox. Same thing happened. I had a stats class which was going ok, then Wolfenstein got released right as the class got more difficult. I'm horrible at math - and even being in the easiest stats class was no fun. I really had to pay attention and do the work to get it. That stopped happening as soon as I started to play Wolfenstein.

 

I had a B+ in the class going into the last 3 weeks of the semester. I passed the class with a D-, and had the poorest final I've ever turned in. I was worried for about 2 weeks that I did bad enough that I failed the course and would have to retake it. Fortunately that didn't happen.

 

Back in High School I remember being home from school ill and starting Final Fantasy 3 on SNES. Well, I remained "ill" the next few days and sat in my room and played that for hours.

 

Also, 2 friends of mine lost an entire semester of college because they decided to hone their skills at Dr. Mario and Tetris Attack. They stopped going to classes entirely and just played those games. And it's payed off. To this day I can't beat them in Dr. Mario. It's not even close. I can only imagine what would happen if Nintendo would put an online-enabled Dr. Mario on the shelves...it's probably for the best that it won't happen anytime soon.

 

Other games have absorbed me, but mainly on a social level. I stayed in on the weekends for a while to play PSO with Joel, Romier, and others on the Dreamcast, and the Final Fantasy series tends to do that to me as well.

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Let's have fun with Hank's words! :green:

 

What Hank said was,....

 

Also, 2 friends of mine lost an entire semester of college because they decided to hone their skills at Dr. Mario and Tetris Attack. They stopped going to classes entirely and just played those games.

 

And it's payed off. To this day I can't beat them in Dr. Mario.

 

What we all really heard was,...

 

2 friends of mine decided to hone their skills at Dr. Mario and Tetris Attack.

 

And it's payed off.

 

2 friends of mine lost an entire semester of college

:lol:

 

Ok, ok, if I can have fun at other peoples expense I must fess up to my own video game shame.

 

Back in my college years ( familiar basis for these guilt stories ) I was staying with my girlfriend over winter break. She had finished school and had already become a hard working contributing member of society, and thus already had her own apartment. I hadn't secured work yet for the break and within the first couple of days I came down with a bad illness.

 

I ended up being sick for almost two weeks, which really cut into the idea of getting a job for the short 4 week school break. You can guess, I ended up just hanging out at her apartment for the month playing video games and eating her food. :oops:

 

As if I didn't feel guilty enough, I somehow talked her into purchasing Blast Corps for the N64 for me. In the end I couldn't let her do it. We were at Bestbuy, game in hand, and it ended up that I had to talk her out of getting it.

 

I feel stil feel guilty, and that was years ago. :oops:

On the otherhand, I had a great time playing games like GoldenEye! And the snacks were always yummy! :P

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My first "claim to shame" was probably Zelda 3. At the time I didn't have a Super Nintendo so instead I managed to talk my mother into letting me RENT one and Zelda 3 (she was a big Zelda fan). I ended up missing school for several days and staying at home playing Zelda 3 around the clock until it was completed and both game and system returned. Those were good times!

 

Secret of Mana I played while being dead sick. I was so ill that some things really freaked me out (such as the cult with the people that would say: "...") and I would have terrible dreams afterwards. I slept so very little. Would stumble to bed at 5am in the morning and be back glued to the set at 9am or earlier. Its a miracle I ever recovered from the illness with the abuse I put my body through.

 

Oooh then there was High School and my Ultima Online addiction. They had the server shutdowns around 2 am I think and I would often log back on when the servers were back up and play until school... or just skip school entirely. Or come home for lunch and not go back because I was...um, busy journeying and all that... oh well.

 

Recently it was SSX3 or The Sims: Bustin Out and now Prince of Persia. If I start one up I play it for hours on end pushing the boundaries of "bedtime" until I glance at the clock and its "oh shit I have to be up in three hours for work if I go to sleep right *now*". Then I end up dead tired at work just glazed, amazed that I'm still able to function.

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I was on scholarship to college and flunked out the first semester because I was obsessed with Sid Meier's "Pirates!". I started playing instead of sleeping, and then I played instead of doing homework, and then I played instead of going to class, and eventually I just stopped going to school altogether, didn't take any of my finals, and flunked with 5 F's. My mother kicked me out of the house, I had to move in with my Dad, get a full-time job in a glass factory during the day, and go to school at night. It took me eight years of working in the factory and going to school at night to get my undergrad degree.

 

So yeah, you could say that gaming changed my life, and not necessarily in a good way... :?

 

But hey, it was a great freaking game, man. :)

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But hey, it was a great freaking game, man.

 

Eh...I think you made the right choice. :D I still fire up that game about every 6 months, I am PUMPED about Sid Meier commiting to a new version within the next year or so. I still need to pick up "Port Royale" now that it is dirt cheap, it was supposed to be a pretty great spiritual sucessor to Pirates.

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Hmm, two things come to mind:

 

It was because of the EverQuest Beta that I flunked out of college the second time. :( I'd start playing at around 7PM, next thing I know my roommates knocking on my door asking if I'm going to class at 8AM. Needless to say, I didn't, and basically ended up skipping class and failing everything.

 

The second is the fact I'm supposed ot be saving my money for when I move up to Toronto. Yeah, that whole "saving" thing isn't going too well methinks. The only reason I'm admitting this is because my girlfriend knows NOTHING about these forums, so I'm in the clear until she asks me how much money I've saved. :(

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Originally posted by Ruffneck@Mar 5 2004, 11:32 AM

Hmm, two things come to mind:

 

It was because of the EverQuest Beta that I flunked out of college the second time. :( I'd start playing at around 7PM, next thing I know my roommates knocking on my door asking if I'm going to class at 8AM. Needless to say, I didn't, and basically ended up skipping class and failing everything.

 

The second is the fact I'm supposed ot be saving my money for when I move up to Toronto. Yeah, that whole "saving" thing isn't going too well methinks. The only reason I'm admitting this is because my girlfriend knows NOTHING about these forums, so I'm in the clear until she asks me how much money I've saved. :(

Even if you only save like $100, that should be what at least $100,000 in Canadian money.

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About 10 years ago my best friend who was my manager at Circuit city introduced me to a game called major mud. Its not your average internet mud as I've never found an internet mud that I liked as much. It ran on a bbs and the bbs we played on was in portland, OR. I was living in Salem at the time and it was long distance to call the bbs. So for the 3 months that I played it before moving to portland my phone bill was about $100-150 more than normal.

 

When I moved to portland to continue working at Circuit City I would play on the computer in the break room during my lunches and sometimes not even during that. This game continued to dominate me.

 

I got a new tech support job working as a temp to hire. Well one of the many nights of staying up all night mudding with my friends who didn't have to go to work the next day led to constant nodding off at work. It got to the point that I was nodding off in the middle of calls. Although I don't think anyone ever noticed on the other end. Needless to say I didn't get hired but what pissed me off the most about it was they tried to acuse me of looking at porn while at work. I may have been irresponsible to stay up all night playing a game that affected my ability to work. But I wasn't stupid enough to do anything like looking at porn at work. Needless to say when they confronted me with this I said it was absolute crap and when my boss tried to talk to me about it. I asked if there was anything I could say that would change me losing my job and when he stated there wasn't I simply got up and left. No need wasting my breath. Anyhow my girlfriend at the time(now my wife) wasn't too happy about me losing my job, neither was I.

 

I was quite embaressed. A few years after this I had some issues with everquest that could have gone very badly. I played everquest off and on since beta and liked the game quite a bit but overall didn't have much time to play it. When I lost my job that all changed. There was a 7 month period that I was unemployed and all I did was play everquest and counterstrike and ignore my wife and the problems I was going through looking for work and not finding any.

 

Since then I've tried to keep gaming in check. And I've done a pretty good job since the everquest issue. There have been a few struggles like when moto gp2 came out and PGR2. Right now I'm fighting the urge to go pick up Ninja gaiden when I know I have to study for a test tuesday as well as an assignment that is due tuesday. I'll probably end up getting the game and just not opening it until tuesday night.(ya right). Hopefully I'll make it through this term fairly unscathed. Outside of my physics class I'm fine but that one has me a bit worried.

 

That was longer than I expected.

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I can think of numerous times that a game kept me from sleeping, studying or school. The first time was Legend of Zelda: Link To The Past. I would stay up all night playing instead of sleeping and then go into zombie mode through the early part of the day in high school. The original Actraiser was just as bad.

 

Later, in college, I would play Minesweeper and Solitaire on my Windows 3.1 laptop (graduation gift) instead of studying or homework. That eventually led me to drop out of Oregon State University. I didn't really mind, since I didn't want to be there the first place.

 

I eventually went back to college and aside from the occasional PC game I played nothing.

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I still need to pick up "Port Royale" now that it is dirt cheap, it was supposed to be a pretty great spiritual sucessor to Pirates.

 

Remember, Sid is working on a follow-up to Pirates as we speak :green:.

 

I've rarely had problems with games dominating my schoolwork, largely because Diablo II and Counter-Strike were habits I picked up during the summers and burnt myself out on ;).

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I've never had school suffer for my gaming habits, nor lost a job over it. But even now, sometimes my sleep suffers for my love of some games. I firmly believe that it is my addiction for a select few games is directly responsible for us needing to buy a new PS2 now. :cry:

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