New thing we’re doing: Point/Counterpoint with Ernest and Emily
Our cover story today is about the passion of Madden fans and how it affects things like work and relationships. Your RedEye tumblr team has differing opinions on the topic and we’d like to have it out right here in front of you. Emily?
Allow me a moment to be an overly-stereotypical girl: Videogames. UGH.
Thanks to a rather short-lived live-in boyfriend situation last year, major video game releases still elicit a certain PTSD reaction in me. So when someone asked at yesterday’s 4 p.m. RedEye meeting whether people actually stay home from work in order to play games like Madden 12 on their release day, I pretty much LOL’d. Yup. They do. They call in sick, grab some snacks, put a wireless Xbox earpiece-thingy in their ear and proceed to spend the next 10-12 hours in a weird, agitated coma. Or at least my ex did.
For hours this guy would sit there on the couch, talking to his friends and loudly lamenting his bad moves while he tore through Left 4 Dead, BioShock, Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect and various incarnations of Call of Duty. Most of the time I’d end up watching TV in the other room. He would take a break for dinner. Sometimes he’d even stop to go to bed, only to sneak out after I’d fallen asleep to continue playing. YIKES.
At a certain point, it’s just not healthy. I can’t think of a single hobby that takes up as much time or is as incredibly boring to watch as video gaming. So return to the world of the living, guys. Return to your caring significant others. WE’LL HELP YOU THROUGH THE WITHDRAWL.
Your rebuttal, Ernest?
I’ll actually agree that super-intense, stupid long gaming sessions aren’t the best way to spend your life, but you know what? GET OFF ME. Have you played Madden? It’s a blast. Remember in 2004, when Michael Vick literally couldn’t be stopped? Remember how that douche friend of yours would always pick the Patriots and you had to institute stuff like that “both teams have to be the same overall rating” nonsense? No one’s doing that because this game isn’t cool.
To the relationship point, I have played video games with my girlfriend sitting there absolutely bored out of her mind. Guess what? I. DIDN’T. CARE. I sat with her while we watched infinite seasons of “Idol” and “So you think you can dance” and didn’t say a thing. I’ll agree it’s not kosher to exclude her from the fun, but nothing’s stopping you from picking up the sticks and playing along. Like most things, it’s way more fun to participate. and to summarize my point, if she can’t handle me trying to rebuild the Jaguars franchise via PS3 sometimes, then she can kick rocks.
So we want to know via reply: Is Madden boring or the best?