We all have our hobbies and our passions. And it really doesn’t matter what that passion or hobby is, it’s easy to take it to the extreme. Sometimes these activities can even harm our relationships and cause more harm than good.
One of the fastest growing hobbies and activities for down time is video games. Nearly every guy I know plays video games, it doesn’t matter if they are single, married or divorced, almost everybody likes to play. But it’s easy to get carried away, and no matter how much fun playing Madden 13 online is, it’s never more important than your relationship (even if you don’t always want to admit it).
Who could forget a few years ago when Detroit Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya missed part of the championship series because of a Guitar Hero injury?
That was a professional baseball player risking his career in order to play a video game, just imagine how many regular guys do the same thing with their relationships. It seems like an easy question with an obvious answer – Girls or video games?
But guys screw it up all the time, I know because I talk to them at work and on the jobsite all the time. I’m not a relationship expert, just a guy that makes a living using his hands, so take my advice with a grain of salt if you want. All I know is that I like playing video games, have all the systems hooked up to the flat screen and my wife and I never fight about me spending too much time playing them. There are a couple of rules that I follow.
- Never play video games when my better half needs you to get something done. If you play when you should be getting work done, it is an automatic source of contention and the games are blamed.
- Trade television time or any other time killer that you enjoy for more video game time. The way I look at it is I can watch a movie or some Netflix or I can pop Madden in and play a game. It’s an even trade for time that you already had set aside.
- When she’s ready to go upstairs, SHUT IT DOWN and go!
- Set a time limit. Don’t play for hours on end not knowing when you will be finished. Set up a time limit, maybe trade that time for something she likes to do. Play when she’s off getting her hair done or shopping with her friends.
- Try to get her involved. Pick some games out together and give them a try. She might be a gamer and not know it.
In the end, the best advice for anything like this is to do it in moderation, and if you are serious about keeping the relationship heading in the right direction remember-they are only video games. She is a girl willing to touch you – Make the right call!
Jay Preston is Author and Brand Manager for ToolHQ, leading online source for power tools.
The NES Classic Edition Is Returning To Stores Next Month
Back in November 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition, a mini-sized version of the iconic NES console, which came loaded with 30 popular games from Nintendo’s past. The cost of reliving those nostalgic memories? A very reasonable $59.99.
The only problem? Nintendo drastically underestimated demand for the NES Classic Edition, and they were pretty much impossible to find, and many nostalgic fans like me never could get our hands on one, even after searching stores for over six months.
And then came the death blow, the announcement from Nintendo in April 2017 that they were discontinuing the NES Classic Edition, and that if you hadn’t got one by then, you were pretty much screwed.. or forced to pay $200+ for one on eBay.
Thankfully, it looks like Nintendo had a change of heart, recently announcing on Twitter that they will be re-releasing the NES Classic Edition, with the highly-coveted retro console returning to stores on June 29th. YAAAAASSSS!
The NES Classic Edition will cost $59.99 upon its return, just as it did when it launched in November 2016. The games included on the console will also stay the same.
Here’s the full list of the games that come loaded on the NES Classic Edition:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- FINAL FANTASY
- Ghosts’N Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- Super C
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
As you can see, there’s a little something here for everyone: a nice mix of timeless favorites, cult classics and maybe even some games that you never got around to playing as a kid.
Needless to say, if you missed out on the NES Classic Edition the last time around, you’ll want to line up at the store come June 29th, as these are sure to sell out quickly!
PocketSprite Brings Retro Gaming To Your Keychain
Feast your eyes on PocketSprite, an impossibly small retro gaming device that can play your favorite Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, or Game Gear games.. provided you’ve got tiny fingers.
It’s hard to believe that something as small as a Zippo lighter could do so much, but this shrunken Gameboy boasts a 240 MHz processor, 520 KB of RAM, a smooth OLED display, an 8-bit speaker, Wifi, Bluetooth, player-tested buttons, and a rechargeable battery. Pretty amazing, right?
With the PocketSprite safely tucked in your pocket, you’ll be able to relive your childhood playing games like Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog whenever you like. Sorry Candy Crush, it’s been fun, but I’ve found a new way to amuse myself on the subway (and on the toilet)..
But wait, there’s more! While the PocketSprite comes with built-in emulators for the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, and Game Gear, the device runs open-source software, allowing savvy coders with skills to get creative and load whatever they want on it.
If you want to purchasing this ultra-tiny retro gaming device for yourself, it’ll set you back a very reasonable $55. You can reserve a PocketSprite from Crowd Supply, with shipping to begin on May 15th.
Are you planning on getting a PocketSprite?
‘Session’ Is The Skateboarding Sim Fans Have Been Waiting For
As someone who grew up skateboarding, I instantly fell in love with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and EA’s Skate series when they came out, playing the games for hours on end as I pulled off sick tricks that I couldn’t really do in real life without risking life and limb.
Sadly, EA stated that they aren’t working on Skate 4, leaving the skateboarding community without a game to play.. until now. Developer Creā-ture Studios has spent the past two years working on Session, the spiritual successor to Skate, and they recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help bring the game to fruition.
Speaking to Game Rant, Marc-Andre Houde, the game’s creative and artistic director and the co-founder of Creā-ture Studios, explains the thinking behind the game and its realism:
The way we see the game and how we want to make it is really we are targeting a niche market and we are trying to serve it as well as we can.
Sometimes [developers] try to do too much to please everyone so they make a lot of compromises and they make sure the experience is available for every skillset. It restricts the experience for more advanced gamers or more hardcore people. So, we decided to take it the other way for Session.
The game might appeal to the Tony Hawk Pro Skater audience but we are more targeting the Skate audience.
Unlike other games, Session does away with points/scoring, with the primary goal of you experiencing what skateboarding really is; a sport where there are no goals other than expressing your creativity and achieving success through hard work, perseverance and bits of madness for no one else other than yourself.
Session has blown past it’s Kickstarter funding goal, so barring any delays the game should be released on PC (and Xbox One) in July 2019. Fingers crossed!