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Video Game Detox - Day 15 of 30

Today I caved. It doesn’t matter how I rationalize it, I succumbed to my gaming cravings.

Are there mitigating circumstances? Of course! There always are, right? No self-respecting addict falls off the wagon without having a few rock solid excuses to throw at anyone who looks at them funny.

My dalliance was with Sid Meier’s Pirates! My excuse is that it was research for a pirate LitRPG novel I’m planning to write. I’ve played Pirates! a lot in the past, but wanted to remind myself of the basic mechanics, particularly the ship upgrades, as part of the process for designing ship upgrades in the book.

The play session was 59 minutes. But could I have just looked up the Pirates! Wiki or downloaded the game manual? Yes, damn it.

Here’s where it gets tough when you work in the games industry or in an adjacent industry like LitRPG. You are constantly reminded about the games you could be playing. Thinking of a pirate LitRPG today led me to thinking about Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Pirates! The cravings got wind of my musings, turned those musings into longings, and before I knew it I’d downloaded Pirates!.

Thankfully, I was also able to bail from the game as soon as I was sufficiently reminded how the game worked. I’ve since deleted it from my computer.

But here’s the good news. Now that I know how sneaky these cravings can be, and that they’re still most definitely lurking about, I shall be better able to resist them tomorrow.