Okay, so I totally backed out of the promise I made to myself of writing a little piece about how computer games might be useful or even good for you.
What happened was, I got too involved in playing damn games. I try not to beat myself up about this, but the fact is that I have now spent an amount of time playing games that, in retrospect, I would rather have spent doing something else.
I have nothing to show for my game playing other than tiredness and a nagging feeling that I will never get that time back.
I enjoy games while I’m playing them. I think. But there are other things that I enjoy more, surely?
Whilst writing the last post, Notes on Addiction, I got to the point of talking about making games, so that’s what I did – i downloaded a couple of games creators – http://www.delicious.com/cheersphilip/creator - and they were good.
However, and this is really the crux of the matter, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them.
I thought about doing something ‘educational’ or based around the school I work in, but that is just lazy thinking and does not stand up to scrutiny by the simple question ‘why?’ So I shelved that as well.
The final word is that, yes, games are interesting and, yes, they can be an amusing diversion for a while, but when you’ve got as many things to do as I have – and now that I look at them, I think ‘these are interesting, cool things that I’ve wanted to do for ages’ – then I’m probably best off doing them first.