Halo 3

I don’t play video games. It’s nothing against video games–it’s that I don’t have the time. I played Myst and Myst 2, and that devoured hundreds of hours of my time. When I play a game, I play it obsessively until it’s done. And that’s why I avoid them. If I played, I’d never get any writing or editing done. I’m not addicted to alcohol or drugs or cigarettes, but video games constitute a real danger for me.

That said, this ad for Halo 3 is pure, unadulterated genius. I wish I got the same sense of sadness and hope out of most SF I read as from this damn ad.



  1. says

    I’ve let games slip out of my life. I just don’t have the time I once did, nor the wrists, and my priorities changed. I miss gaming though. Quite a lot.

    (That said, when I get home I will buy an Xbox 360 just to play Halo 3, because there are games, and then there are games.)

  2. says


    You sound a lot like my wife Brandy.. (thankfully you don’t look anything like her) When we first got together and I suggested buying a video game console, she kept telling me that it would take too much time away from my writing, that I’d never get anything done. I thought that was odd since I have plenty of games on my computer and play them like once a month or so. I just wanted something away from the computer that I could play occasionally.

    As the discussions escalate (as they often do in a marriage), I discovered she was hooked on video games and worried that if we got a console, SHE would never get anything done. So the truth is out!

    We still don’t own a console game of any sort. I still play the occasional game on my computer.

    (BTW, my addiction is baseball.)

  3. says

    That commercial gave me chills, and I’ve never even played Halo. Speaking of sadness and hope, though, Haldeman’s “The Forever Wars” gave me that exact combination of feelings.

    I stopped buying video games because I play them like mad for a few days and then suddenly stop. I love good games, especially massive multiplayer first-person shooters (I’m a bad-ass sniper in games like Delta Force: Black Hawk Down, by the way), but I just can’t commit to them long enough to get my money’s worth. I also own a laptop now, and my rig is definitely not set up for gaming. Consoles are way too expensive for me. Three hundred bucks, plus maybe almost $100 for a game? That’s a lot of books and coffee, man.