“When I hired engineers and people on the creative side, I never looked at their grades,” he said, referring to the teams he built at Atari and beyond. “I interviewed them strictly on their hobbies, and if they did not have a hobby in technology I wouldn’t hire them….
I bet I'll get hired. It's so easy to conjure out 10 good reasons why men love gaming...easier than well, a lot of other things non-important style.
1) Because you can always restart the game if it goes wrong. Slightest itty bitty wrong step, restart...no problems asked, no worries.
2) A good game is smart - knows that if it is too difficult, noone wants to play it; and if it is easy, gamers find it no kick. Basically it coded in degrees of difficulty at the right time with the correct adequate training. Basically hardly any sudden surprises that throws off your ego and makes you want to throw the game away.
3) It builds up men's ego, top scores or completing a game makes one feel accomplished. Perhaps a short term goal which seemingly makes that $80 you spent on the game worthwhile.
4) It is easily understood, perhaps because most programmers are men. There is no need for complicated instruction manuals, no need to take a class to complete a game. Basically not much effort is needed besides trying.
5) There is hardly any pressure. The only reason why you want to play that game, is because you want to. Nothing else, no pressure whatsoever.
6) You do not have to attend game forum, or groupie discussions, or game clubs etc. You only attend it because you want to improve, learn more and not because you have to rub shoulders with everyone else in order to do well in the game.
7) Because the game will never tell you to stop having fun. The very purpose of the game is to have fun, to loosen you up, to chill you off from all the pressure you are already getting at work and at home. It gets you away from the mundane life you are already having.
8) The game will not mind if you are yelling at it because you've just lost a game and you feel shitty making that one wrong move that cost the game but you can do better next time. There is no game nagging at you to admit you made a wrong move and it wants you to admit your mistake and eat your ego for breakfast and die and repent NOW.
9) The game allows you to cool off, pause, take a walk, think about things, sleep on it, do some research on the next best move...take a month off pondering about nothing at all. No explanations needed.
10) You can love your game and have your peace as well, you can turn off the game without guilt.
Time for some space out time. I'm out.