The other day my husband and I went out to dinner, and eventually the talk turned to all the video games that are coming out this fall, and the particular games that he was excited to play.
One of those games is called “Fallout: New Vegas”, a game about survivors trying to scratch out an existence in a post-apocalyptic world. (Cheery, I know.)
I’d watched him play Fallout 3, and really enjoyed the story (I like to refer to myself as his “gaming groupie”), and so I asked him about the plot of the upcoming game. Specifically, I asked if any of the characters from the previous game would be appearing in the new game.
And he said, in the tone that someone might use to announce that we need to add toilet paper to the grocery list, because we’ve just run out:
“Well, there is one character that has been in all of the games so far. But in Fallout 3 he turned into a tree. And since that game took place in Washington D.C., and this one takes place in Las Vegas, it would be really hard for him to get to the other coast.”
A TRUE gamer’s response: Nothing, because they wouldn’t even be having this conversation, because they would both already know everything there is to know about the upcoming game.
An up-and-coming gamer’s response: “Oh, OK. So it’s just like what happened to [some other character] in [some other game].
My response: “Did you hear what you just said?!”
So apparently, he’s a gamer, and I am not, and never the twain shall meet.