a) I recently stopped playing games, perhaps even for 3-4 weeks. When I logged onto steam, I simply saw a list of game names. For some reason, this did not make me want to play them. Having put my games into a new list, I have begun playing many old and new games. So, firstly, it seems clear to me that I need to reorganise my games. In fact, I am waiting with anticipation for when Steam allows organisation by tags, rather than by just category.
I also spoke with someone who spoke negatively of gaming. The arguments are clear: why should play stop when you hit 18? Why do I need to passively imbibe relaxation through a film/book/TV when I can play a game? Is there a media that is quite as immersive? And, the clearest point, does this matter to the person? Perhaps so, if they are potentially important. But, hey.
b) I purchased a new mouse today. I played CoD 4, and found that I completed a level on hardened without dying once. Normally I die dozens of times, inching my way through each one. Now I am able to headshot with much more accuracy. It lies next to me now flashing colours. How quite enjoyable!
c) Empire Total War requires much playing for not much reward. However, undoubtedly MUCH playing will give MUCH reward. The question to ask, though, is do I have the time to give much playing? Which brings me to my main thought at this time.
Do I have time to give to games? During the summer, I did not want to play games. I was too busy working. Is that a way to be? Are there times to play games, and times to not play games? This Xmas, for example, will be a time. Will it?
d) COD 7 is broken. It crashes, misses frames, has a cheesy story. It was full-price, and purchase on the recommendation of a friend. I did pop-culture, got burnt. I purchased it to purchase it. On the other hand, Company of Heroes is fantastic.