Ever since Space Invaders then the ZX Spectrum (ah, Jet Set Willy) I have desperately tried to avoid gaming – mainly because I have an addictive-seeking personality and know that once I am hooked in then the rest of my everyday life will be ignored. I played Sudoku endlessly around the airports of Europe then disappeared up the arse of Candy Crush but apart from these two hiccups I have been clean for 38 years, 7 weeks and 4 days. My second reason is my complete lack of manual dexterity: nine year-old nephews walk away in disgust when I am enticed to play whatever football or car-racing game is on their screen – “Why are you so hopeless?” is the kindest comment I have received.
The recent threads on Gaming have, I am afraid, got me wavering. Despite doubling my attendance at the weekly meetings – “I am weak, I want to sin” – the attraction grows daily.
If perchance I allowed myself to be sucked in, two questions please.
1. Without going overboard, which is the best console platform (is that the correct terminology?) to buy?
2. Are there games to play that don’t require me to instantly remember which button is up, which is down, where’s that damn sword or should I grow an extra hand or two?
I await with fear and trepidation