Reverb Gamers Post #2

Atlas Games is hosting “Reverb Gamers 2012“ with 31 question prompts about gaming and gamers and games.  I’m going to answer all 31 questions for good or for ill.  You can do it, too!  And check out @ReverbGamers on Twitter or Facebook.

REVERB GAMERS 2012, #2: What is it about gaming that you enjoy the most? Why do you game? Is it the adrenaline rush, the social aspect, or something else?

What I enjoy most about gaming: 

Reading sourcebooks.

My house is full of the damn things.  They’re packed in boxes in the basement.  I just carved out a new niche in a bookshelf for brand- brand- brand-new hardcovers.  I own a fair number in PDF on my iPad.

Most of them are awfully written but I’ve wised up over the years and now I check the credits page for QUALITY.  I know who writes these things.  I have my list. I know who you are.*

I have read an order of magnitude more games than I will ever play.

Second to reading the sourcebooks is going on to the Internet and arguing about said sourcebooks.  I’m unclear what else the Internet is for other than funny pictures of cats and inane arguments about meaningless topics.  I keep hearing things about expansion of consciousness and great collections of knowledge and freeing oppressed societies but as far as I can tell? Gamer arguments and cats.  

Why do I game?

It’s my blog so I’ll cough up an honest answer to this one — because my friends game.  If my friends didn’t game, I wouldn’t game.  I’d play video games or write my Magnum Opus or write music or do something that contributes to society.  It’s that simple.  When my friends aren’t gaming, I’m not playing either.

Not everything falls under this aegis.  I don’t do everything because my friends are up to no good.  I can get up to no good on my own — as has been suitably proven.  Yet, gaming needs people participation and if my friends are doing it, I want to do it, too.

This is how I get hooked on MUSHes and other online outlets.  My friends are online playing, so I am online playing.  My friends are scening, so I am scening because that’s what my friends are doing. When my friends take off, as they inevitably do, I’ll linger around to make sure they’re good and gone and then wander off myself.  

Gaming isn’t some great paean to some higher existence or greater consciousness or a way to get in touch with my inner self.  I’m not in search of some greater literary drama enacted through playing, say, Vampire.  Honestly, guys, I’ve read James Joyce.  I’ve read the collective works of Tom Wolfe.  I’m good with the highest in English Language Drama.  I want out of gaming to hang with friends, eat some doritoes, and roll a bunch of dice to do crazy things and maybe shoot something Cthulhuoid in the face.  

Looks like my answer is: “I game because I enjoy the social interaction with my geeky peers.”

* My twitter feed.