Friday, September 09, 2005

This is the countdown

After even more thought, I decided that perhaps the best way to reach my first anniversary is to do a recapitulating countdown. That is to say, I was thinking I would kind of rehash some of the various things that I've posted, kind of a brand-new year-in-review, so to speak. I thought it'd be a cool way to get posting again and kinda celebrate one year of Ramblings. You may not have any clue as to what the heck I'm talking about, but hey, I'm not so sure I do either.

So without further ado, allow me to begin.

Remembering: My Video Game Obsession

Well, as you may remember, one of the reasons I didn't post at various points was because of my obsessive video game playing. In fact, I even caved and posted a link to my Unreal Tournament Statistics. Sure, this was only a small part of all my blogging over the past year, but hey, it did waste an awful lot of my time, so I think it's an appropriate topic to post on once again. And sure, polls are nice and you really may not care about my gaming habits, but until someone figures out my password or cuts off my internet access, the Ceejster has the ole final say at Unknown Knowns. So, allow me to recap and expand.

Since most of the people that read this probably don't care about my online ELO Ranking (let alone what it means...I don't even know that), the most interesting part of my gaming statistics (at least for my mom) was the amount of time spent on the game. And yes, the numbers are embarrassingly high - currently around 30 hours online and probably 3 times more than that offline. That's a lot of time to spend fragging evil Skaarj invaders (don't ask).

However, before you suggest I join a support group, Unknown Knowns and Other Ramblings presents for your consideration a gamer by the name of "MoNkEy_NuT". You can click on his name to look at his statistics if you want, but I'd encourage you to just allow me to spell out the truly important facts.

As of 10:00 PM tonight, Mr. Monkey_Nut has spent. . . .brace yourself. . . 1,820 hours playing Unreal Tournament 2004 online. Yeah. That's not a finger twitch. Though I think I'd be twitching from that many hours of pixelated mayhem.

Now you're probably thinking that's a lot time to play games. No duh. You could have figured that out for yourself in just a few clicks. However, let me put it into perspective for you.

Unreal Tournament 2004 was released March 16, 2004. So let's do some math. Well actually, first I'll let do some math. According to their calculator, it's been 543 days since March 16, 2004, which is around 13030 hours or so. What does that mean? It means that, assuming that Mr. Monkey bought the game the day it came out and played it online starting that night (which I'm not so sure is the case), he's spent 1820 of 13030 hours gaming. In other words, he's spent about 14% of his last year and a half playing Unreal Tournament 2004 online. That's an average 3 hours and 21 minutes per day for the last 543 days. Yeah. That's what I would call unreal. But seriously.

Now, sure, I picked the highest time-logging player, but he's one of over 30 who've all done over 1,000 hours. True story.

In conclusion. . .um. . .well actually, I'm not sure how to wrap this up. Hmm, let me run a couple endings by you guys.

1) As you can see, through the empirical and irrefutable evidence shown today, I really don't play computer games all that much and clearly manage my time in a mature and responsible manner.


2) Don't make the mistake that so many have made - spend time with your prodigy and do the things that really madder! Carpet dee-um!!

or, finally,

3) Obviously, Monkey_Nut is an idiot.

Take your pick.


Steven said...

That's also the one I tell my mom, so I think I'll go with choice number one. But obviously Monkey_nut is an idiot. About 3hrs a day! That is nuts, monkey nuts. What a baboon.

Anonymous said...

OK, says the mom, so you don't play as much as a baboon.
Can't quite equate that with "mature and responsible use of time"........
I'll say it again:
Do Your Homework!!

Anonymous said...

YES, FINALLY a CJ posting ... now if you would just change your answering machine message.........;-}