I work at the edges of the video game industry these days. It's an interesting gig, when I've got the work. I've been a speaker at the Austin Game Developers Con. I'm on a list serve for game writers. I'm probably doing a seminar at Austin Community College
on ARGs in October. But I don't actually play games. I get motion sick watching first person shooters. (Warren Spector
told me that one of the play testers for Deus Ex
had to take Dramamine. I felt better.) And I never learned to use a controller. So now, at 48, I'm useless. If I tried to play Halo 3 on the easiest setting, I'd probably still be dead in five minutes.
I'm wondering if maybe I should get a Wii? Wii is sufficiently different from every other game console that I'm starting at the same level of klutziness as everyone else. And Caroline Spector says that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
for Wii is fun. I keep thinking it would, you know, improve my credentials to actually play games.
Then again, a lot of people who work in the industry don't play anymore because they don't have time. I'm up to my eyeballs in work at the moment, and when I finish, I don't exactly want to be near a computer. At least the Wii would make me move around.
I'm on the fence. Does anybody else have one?