Originally, I preordered my copy of Grand Theft Auto V thinking I would just head to GameStop after work on Tuesday night. Nothing abnormal, right? But then the other day I got a text reminding me the game was coming in and that I could pick it up at midnight last night as long as I just come by around 10 PM and then pick up the game as the clock struck 12.
And it actually seemed like a good idea at the time. I thought, “Sure, I’ll grab the game and maybe play a few hours before heading to bed and then after work I can head straight home and play more.” And then 9 o’clock rolls around and logic kicks in.
Keep in mind logic is something as a gamer I use more often in game than in real life. I start thinking about the fact that I won’t be walking out exactly at midnight with the game. I didn’t line up early so they are going to have to process a bunch of people in front of me. After that, it is another fifteen or so minutes before I get home from GameStop.
And then there is probably a day one update I’ll have to download to start playing. And finally when I do get to play, I’ll be up for another two hours only to get like five hours sleep before heading into work.
That’s when it hit me. I am an adult. Dammit. I don’t know how or when it snuck up on me but I actually made a careful decision based on its long term positives and negatives. In the end though, I still do things for selfish reasons but there is a lot more credence behind them. The better I do at my job, the more money I’ll end up making. The more money I get, the more games I can buy without having to debate grocery shopping or game shopping.
Or at least that’s what I tell myself before I tucked myself into bed before might to pass out before my 9 to 5… without Grand Theft Auto V in my possession.