It’s that time of the year. The time where one must wake up in the Godforsaken hours of the morning, pick mismatched clothing with one eye open, and eat the stale crumbs of your average breakfast cereal. Ah, school. As Hellish as you were to me during those pubescent times, I learned a lot from you. Even though you stole a lot of my videogaming time, I still trampled on towards my future… my very crappy future. Good thing those days have long since passed and now I gladly play games without the worries of declining grades. Can’t say the same for you high schoolers. Don’t neglect your studies, kids!
In some ways, this really is the best time of the year for adults. The kids, teens, and young adults are all in some schooling institution while others can enjoy the brief freedom each weekday provides. I plan on spending my free hours on FFXIII-2 because I have too much time to spare. Interestingly enough, RPGs must be the biggest distraction when it comes to school assignments. All games in general can distract a person from their responsibility, but RPGs have to be the worst offenders. RPGs involve a great deal of concentration for long periods of time. A 60+ hour game with multiple choices in stat building, world exploration, and item collecting can completely forgo priorities and lead to unhealthy habits. But that is the trials of schooling; learning to organize your goals – or at least curb your procrastination.
By the way, I’m serious about not neglecting your studies. A recent survey done by PopCap revealed a number of you kids like to play on your mobile devices while in class. Though the percentage was small – nine percent to be exact – I’m sure that number will only grow as the years progress. We all know gaming has its benefits, but don’t push it as an excuse to ignore your teachers. Treat your teachers like college professors. If you don’t want to be there, don’t go. Stop wasting your teacher’s time. (Elementary and high school students are stuck with them. No alternative to that, sorry.)
Alright class, that’s enough from me. I’ll let you off early for today, but you have some homework to do. Describe the game that distracted you the most from any school assignments. For example, and you can’t use this, Infamous distracted me enough to skip two classes while I was in college. I really wanted to beat Infamous, and I did, but I got scolded by my aunt for neglecting my studies to finish a game. Silly, yes. I don’t even know why I felt the need to stay home that day, but I’m pretty sure nothing interesting was going on in those two classes. Hell, I skipped a vast majority of my Biology class and passed with a B. The secret is to study your teachers and their teaching patterns, their weak points, and their strengths. That is how you will succeed school. Good luck.