Dear Readers: Summer Laziness

I think the summer is affecting all of us, or at least, everyone on the GameCola staff. During the school year, it seemed like the GameCola writers were well ahead of the deadline most of the time, and that they were more enthusiastic about discussing our little webazine and various ideas that they have about it. Now, the only AIM conversations we have about GC go like this:

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Dear Readers, 

I think the summer is affecting all of us, or at least, everyone on the GameCola staff.  During the school year, it seemed like the GameCola writers were well ahead of the deadline most of the time, and that they were more enthusiastic about discussing our little webazine and various ideas that they have about it.  Now, the only AIM conversations we have about GC go like this:

    Me: So, are you going to be in by the deadline?
    GC Staff Member: When’s the deadline?
    Me: In about an hour.
    GC Staff Member: Oh.

And so on.  In fact, it seems like I barely have conversations with them at all, not even a simple “yo d00d, whassup in the hizzouse?”.  Could it be that I am a tyrannical leader of this newsletter, caring but nothing but whether or not my people’s articles are in on time?  

But I’m getting off track.  My main point right now is that the summer is making us lethargic.  (It just further proves my point that multiple GameCola writers are MIA for this issue.)  Though, I’m sure you’ve witnessed this during many summers before.  I’m sure it’s obvious enough to you that once school’s out, you don’t really feel like doing anything at all.  What I’m not so sure that you’ve noticed, however, is that this includes video games.

Think about it.  At the beginning of summer, do you tell yourself about how many video games you’re going to beat over the next two and a half months?  Do you emit drool from your mouth dreaming about how you’ll FINALLY beat those fifty-two some odd games that you’ve had on your shelf for years, serving only as collectors of dust?  And at the end of the summer, how many of those games have you actually completed?  One?  Maybe two?  This is a problem that I for one face year after year.  I get myself all wound up thinking about how maybe now I’ll actually have more games in my collection that I’ve beaten than I have games that I haven’t beaten, and I never ever ever accomplish this goal.  I’ll spend my summer on other, less important tasks, such as cleaning my fish tank, helping my parents move dirt around the back yard,  or taking showers, and I’ll end up only beating half of Dragon Warrior VII before having to start school again.

I find that I complete many more games during the school year than I do during the summer, and it just doesn’t make sense.  How is it that when I have more free time, I complete less games?  This is something I’d like for you to ponder while reading our overly-positive reviews this month, and if you come up with any thoughts about it, e-mail me, or post about it on the forums.  

Unless, of course, you’re like me, and are far too busy trying to take both your socks off using only your feet to even think about giving GameCola some feedback. 

Paul Franzen
Editor-in-Chief
e-mail: pfranzen@gamecola.net

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