Why “Between Life and Games”?

My first real post is going to be a short story about why I chose the title of this site.

It was actually suggested by my girlfriend, and I liked it a lot. Aside from the obvious wordplay and the implication that games can be a serious matter, not just a way to recreate and pass the time, there is the inevitable division between the material and the virtual. “Life” is a blanket term for the material world used quite often online, while “Games” are only a part of the virtual one (not any less so than books or movies), but games are the main focus of this site, so I will concentrate on them.

Back when I was young, games and playing outside were the two major things I was busy with aside from school. Already then, the compromise existed. Sometimes, I would choose to play a game instead of studying or playing football. Still, most of the time I would just go outside with my friends. Today, though, I no longer have that choice. Working on a desk with internet access 8 hours a day gives me the chance to keep up-to-date with gaming news, but little time to actually play games anymore. My backlog keeps growing, but I still do my best to put in as much time as I can.

So there I am… Between life and games. I can’t skip work, refuse to see my friends or to take my girlfriend to see a movie because of a game anymore. I’ve grown up, I guess… But games still hold the same magic. They have helped shape me as a person and I will help the people who read my articles with my advice. Because, indeed, there are games that every human being deserves to experience. The magic will never fade away!


  1. christiangmill March 22, 2012 8:31 pm  Reply

    I feel for you my friend. That is the worst thing to have no time for something you love or are passionate about. Especially with how changing the gaming industry is these days. Excellent name choice though.

    • vladogames March 23, 2012 12:59 am  Reply

      Thanks a lot, man! Yeah, the industry is changing… My favourite trend lately is digital delivery, especially when we add Steam sales into the picture. I’m pretty sure it will only pick up more in the future. There are also a few trends I’m not too fond of, but that’s another story…

      • christiangmill March 25, 2012 9:11 pm  Reply

        Indeed I agree. I have also been downloading a lot of games lately in favor of buying a physical disc. It is very convenient despite how long it takes. I do not think it will ever fully replace actual discs though, despite what most people think.

  2. vladogames March 27, 2012 9:27 pm  Reply

    I think it probably will replace actual discs eventually (not completely, but enough to become the main distribution channel), it will just take quite a while. Certainly over 10 years, could be up to 20-25.

    But that’s just speculation. The fact stands that digital delivery is quite convenient and is also an incentive for game prices to drop in the long term, as it eliminates production and distribution costs.

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