when games become sports

02/15/06 at 9:44 am | Posted in Gaming | Leave a comment

Check out my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece.

Here’s an excerpt:

If gaming does become truly more mainstream, we’ll have casual games to thank for that. Not every person will or wants to become a hardcore gamer, but few of us can say that we don’t enjoy any electronic game. It could be Bejeweled for some. Or Tetris. Or Bookworm. Whatever it is, whatever the platform, chances are, some game catches your fancy.

I honestly think any person can become a gamer, once he or she finds the right game. Sometimes, we just don’t even want to try out something, only to be pleasantly surprised to find out we enjoy it. It helps, of course, if you have family and friends who’ll play the game with you, which is why being multiplayer is one of the biggest come-ons a game can have. Even a sucky game can become enjoyable, or at least tolerable, if you’re having a good time goofing off with your friends. Well, sometimes it also helps if you’re drunk, heh.

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