'Game Over' Play Depicts Couple in Crisis over Gaming

April 17, 2012 -

Birmingham resident Twana Bond-Jones has written a play called "Game Over" that deals with gaming and how it interferes with relationships. The first run of the play will take place April 21 at the Carver Theatre ( 1631 Fourth Ave. North) in Birmingham, Alabama at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets cost $22 and are available at the box office and online. In the play newlyweds have a day off but argue about how to spend it: the wife wants to spend some quality time with her husband, but her husband wants to spend some quality time gaming. Hijinks ensue.

"I was astounded when I saw all the YouTube videos of adult men going crazy over the video games and with my own husband willing to spend $50 and upward of $60 on one video game," said Bond-Jones. "I just realized it was bigger than the 1980s Atari ... and it made me believe or feel that men, they view it as an investment and really cherish the gaming consoles."

Bond-Jones said that she decided to write the play after reading an article in 2010 about video game addiction. From there she talked to couples and relationship experts about video gaming and watched "YouTube videos on gaming." The play is not based on her own personal experiences, but her husband enjoys his fair share of gaming too, though probably not to the level she writes for the characters in her play. Bond-Jones said that her research revealed one story that really drove home the point that games can be a real wedge issue with some couples.

The worst case she ran across was a wife who was considering divorce because all her husband wanted to do all day was play video games:

"She tried to throw (the game) away. It did not work" Bond-Jones said. "It was a real addiction where he would flip out because of it."

Bond-Jones also pointed out that women are affected by the same problems as men when it comes to gaming and relationship trouble:

"I spoke to a woman the other day and she said she was addicted to PlayStation 3. I think (video game addiction) really takes away from time that could be spent with your partner and the time that’s needed to have a successful marriage today," Bond-Jones said.

While the play deals with a serious subject, it is delivered with a fair amount of humor and emotion, according to Bond-Jones.

"It’s touching," she said of the play. "It’s really a deep look into the lives of two people, struggling to know what it means to communicate."

Source: Al.com


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Re: 'Game Over' Play Depicts Couple in Crisis over Gaming

The worst case she ran across was a wife who was considering divorce because all her husband wanted to do all day was play video games:

"She tried to throw (the game) away. It did not work" Bond-Jones said. "It was a real addiction where he would flip out because of it."

Let's just be honest here, this is a flat-out terrible solution to one's marital problems. The fact that throwing away his stuff didn't magically solve the problem is not what makes this "the worst case she ran across" lol

Re: 'Game Over' Play Depicts Couple in Crisis over Gaming

"I was astounded when I saw all the YouTube videos of adult men going crazy over the video games and with my own husband willing to spend $50 and upward of $60 on one video game,"

Yeeeeeeeah.  I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that she isn't going to be able to show both sides of the issue with the respect they deserve.

You know what astounds me?  The ridiculous amount of money adult women spend on scrapbooking.  Hey, I should make a scrapbooking play.

Re: 'Game Over' Play Depicts Couple in Crisis over Gaming

She does come off like the type that expected it to die off ages ago, hell, she probably thinks the internet is a fad ready to die any day now.

Re: 'Game Over' Play Depicts Couple in Crisis over Gaming

It's not just women.  My old man makes scrapbooks, and he's rather serious about his craft.  I've seen him save a particular picture for years until he finds the one that matches it perfectly on the opposite page.

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Fangamer

Re: 'Game Over' Play Depicts Couple in Crisis over Gaming

*sigh*

There we go again with the same bogus double standard...

When money is spent on "Scrap Booking", it's a "Craft" which is completely socially acceptable..
...but when the same money and time is spent on games, it is perverted and unnatural.

When someone throws a game away or breaks a console, they are praised as heroes...
...but ripping up a scrap-book would be complete lunacy.

 

They're both hobbies...

They're both passions...

 

Re: 'Game Over' Play Depicts Couple in Crisis over Gaming

lol you never know it could be true and she does show both sides of it,but then again yea it might not happen,i think she is still one of the few rare people who have this idea that video games are still that "kids toy"

Re: 'Game Over' Play Depicts Couple in Crisis over Gaming

Pro Tip Number 2,Find a girl who is either into games or knows what true gamers are like and can accept it

Re: 'Game Over' Play Depicts Couple in Crisis over Gaming

True there are some people who are addicted to gaming and need to game at all times,i myself have been a gamer for 27 years now,i started at 5 years old,im not addicted and i can always log out of LOTRO when i am tired for the night,i can see how some people can get addicted.

Re: 'Game Over' Play Depicts Couple in Crisis over Gaming

Pro Tip: When you're looking to get married, find someone you like better than your damn video games.

 

Andrew Eisen

 
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