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Monday, 29.Oct.2007

16:18 - a few games more // life

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So yeah, I've given up just about all games. I am currently playing in a web-judge game of Diplomacy ( http://www.floc.net/dpjudge/?game=dip_for_dummies ), and have been known to occasionally play a game or two of chess. Mostly, though, I'm done with games for now. Given this, though, there are some rather interesting things I'm noticing, when I play, about these games that had previously slipped my awareness. Can't quite put it to words, but it is interesting.

For example, with chess, I used to remark that I really enjoyed just pushing the pieces around. Win or loose never mattered overly much to me, and I tried to play that way. But I was still seeking to prize out the best move to make in the given situation and I would agonize over it, carefully plotting out the puzzle to whatever depths I could. Now, though, it's gone to something else entirely. Last time I played a game, I *really* didn't care if I won or lost (might be why I lost both games that sitting (this is not meant to belittle my opponent -- he is certainly a skilled enough player)). The experience was so much *not* about the game that I plain forgot at multiple times if it was my move or not. The game was interesting, but the conversation and company was far more so. Where in my prior experience playing chess I would be keenly aware of tempo, balance, potential threats, key pieces, and other strategic elements on the board beyond the simple basics of position, turn, and check; this time I was purposefully not following any of that. Sure, I knew it, and when my opponent brought up the tempo I was instantly aware of where it was, but I then let go of it and that dropped from my awareness as the conversation went on. Though perhaps I was being somewhat too unobservant of the game as twice he had to remind me it was my turn and I once was embarrassingly unaware that his queen had me in check (there were perhaps 7 pieces on the board at that point -- not a complex position), which he also kindly pointed out to me.

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From:friendme_4
Date:23:37 29.Oct.2007 (UTC)

Friend me!!! Please!!!

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From:lograh
Date:23:48 29.Oct.2007 (UTC)

Re: Friend me!!! Please!!!

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awww.. How cute -- comment spam!

Sorry, but for me to friend an lj at least one of the following has to be true:
- I find it worth reading
- I wish to acknowledge a real life interpersonal relationship

I don't know you and I can't read your journals (sorry, I don't read whatever language that is), so no friending.
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From:macklinr
Date:23:41 29.Oct.2007 (UTC)
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I think our games that night (as the chess opponent in question) were not about playing the game as much as they were about the company. Granted, I still seek to play a good game, for me a good game is not about winning or losing, but being entertaining and interesting.

I also forgot about the game at times, due to our conversation. Perhaps that's more a testament to our zeal on the subject of conversation rather than the chess games (or maybe equally-so). You also had to remind me at least once that you were waiting on my move, rather than the reverse.
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