Published on March 28th, 2013 | by Scot Mackay7
Blog: Fortress of solitude
As a family man I find it difficult creating a balance between family life and my own solitary endeavours. I thought long and hard about what I could possibly do to maximise my gaming time. My solution was simple, I would create my own gaming room. My very own Fortress of Solitude.
I mean, why not? It worked for Superman, what could go wrong?
Now to begin construction of my ultimate gaming room I had to overcome a few obstacles, namely my long suffering partner Heather. Below is an excerpt of how the conversation went.
Me: “I have decided in my infinite wisdom that I want to build a games room, the small spare room would be perfect”
Heather: “That’s not really fair, why cant I get a room of my own then?”
Me: “You do have your own room honey, its called the kitchen”
After regaining consciousness about a half hour later I realised that I may have hit a slight snag or should I say that a slight snag had hit me… with a very hard right hook. My dream was shattered and I would have to devise a new way of ensuring my gaming time would be uninterrupted.
My first investment was a decent pair of headphones. A nice pair of Turtle Beach Ear force X12’s. I happen to purchase these along side a little known game called Dead Space which turned out to have all the fear elements the original Alien movie had when it was first released.
I waited until the family were in their beds and I set about preparing for my Dead Space adventure. The lights were off, I had my headset on with bass boosted surround sounds ringing in my ears and a can of Pringles, I was all set. Now I knew Dead space was a scary game, I had read the reviews and articles and they had all stated it was a new genre of horror and I had stupidly associated it with the Resident Evil games due to it having a very similar layout…or so I thought.
An hour into this now horribly evil, nerve shredding game I was completely hooked. I was enthralled by every corridor, passage way and darkened corner all the while straining my ears and listening for the slightest of movements. It was at one of these insanely tense moments that my fiancé who unbeknownst to me decided to come downstairs and proceed to stand directly behind me like the Predator in full stealth mode.
With one swift movement both her hands had grabbed my shoulders hard and I freaked. I am not a jumpy person, I pride myself with the ability to handle most situations with confidence and decisive action…this was not one of those times. I hit the roof, the fear that had been building through the past hour vented and I pretty much screamed like a 13 year old girl (effectively losing all my man points). My fiancé did what anyone in her situation would do and laughed, she laughed so hard tears began to flow.
Note to self: Always ensure that the door is locked!
I would be really interested to hear what lengths other people go to just to be able to have a few moments of peace to enjoy some game time. Do you have you very own Fortress of Solitude or do you have more cunning ways to achieve gaming nirvana? The truth is that no matter what you do, your family are the ultimate NPC’s.