Fighting skeleton monsters makes facing life easier

My video game days are over, I’m glad to say. All my time fighting zombies has now gone to fighting with my kids. And what do we fight about? Why they can’t play video games mostly.

However, I still have flashbacks from playing a game called Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. For those of you who don’t know, “Ocarina” is considered to video games what “Citizen Kane” is to movies, namely being the greatest one ever made. The only exception is that people actually enjoyed “Ocarina,” and no one in their right mind enjoyed “Citizen Kane.” The video game was, and the pun is intended, a game changer.

There is one part of Ocarina where some skeleton monster jumps out from behind a door, and you have to fight him with a sword. It took me many, many tries to beat the skeleton monster. Then, as the game progresses, more and more skeleton monsters start jumping out at you all over the place.

After a while, I got so adept at dispatching skeleton monsters I started to wonder why it was so hard in the first place. At one point, late in the game, I had to fight (with the word “had” being highly subjective) two skeleton monsters at once, on a boat, while it is rushing down the river, and the two have to be killed before the boat reaches its destination.

So now every time I have to do something hard, under pressure to get it done quick, I have memories of fighting skeleton monsters. Since I work at a newspaper with constant deadlines, this happens a lot. Thank goodness that with most things, like with fighting skeleton monster, I’ve become more adept at it with time.

So what I’m saying is, if I face a problem that seems to get out of hand, I can just start mentally attacking skeletons. It just goes to show how we can all learn life lessons from video games. All those days and days of my life I spent playing that game were totally worth it.

Okay, so maybe there are no life lessons from playing video games. The life lessons learned are certainly not enough to let my kids play video games all that often, a fact of which they are constantly reminding me. I can handle their complaints though; whenever they start, I just visualize attacking skeletons again.


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