My OCD Takes a New Form

I have a confession to make. For those who know me personally, this won’t be too much of a shock. For those who don’t, prepare yourselves because you probably won’t see this one coming.

My husband and I are gamers.

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. But, honestly, we’re not gamers like this (*per se):

*unless there’s a new Sims 3 expansion pack…

We’re gamers like this:

…minus the young, thin, hip part.

We have a Wii, a PS3, and an XBOX 360 with the Kinect. We also have volumes of games for our computer.

Now, there are gamers out there who make it their life’s ambition to make it to Lever 89 Mage. While we think that’s a perfectly entertaining way to spend an evening, we’re not members of the Blood Legion Guild.

We just want to beat the New Super Mario Brothers game.

Now, I told you all of that so I could tell you this:

It occurred to me just the other day that the way I play certain games only proves my theory that I have OCD.

(It also just occurred to me that you, reader, may not be a gamer. I *promise* this post will be funny if you just keep reading. If that’s not enough incentive, I *promise* I’ll give you Donnie Wahlberg’s phone number at the end of the post.)

So, we recently began playing Dragon Age 2, and once again, as I created my character, I chose the following attributes: 1) female, 2) dark, short hair with blue eyes (duh), 3) warrior class, 4) wields one large weapon requiring two hands.

HOW does this explain the OCD theory, you may ask? Simply this: when it comes to killing beasties, I prefer to take them down one at a time. It makes the game more satisfying to me than, say, casting spells that cause damage on every foe. I’d rather mow them down one at a time.

Sometimes while singing a little ditty.

This concept is similar to my complete enjoyment of opening Paint, filling the entire space with a single color, and spending the next 20 minutes happily erasing all the color. (I’m not crazy. It’s zit-popping, scab-picking, picture-straightening, odd-number-loving fun.)

Another game we’ve played in the past is a game for the Wii called Animal Crossing: City Folk. The concept of this game is not important. What you need to know is this: it takes place in real time, so if you start playing at 2 pm, it’s 2 pm on the game. Also, every single day there are fruit trees to be harvested, flowers to water, and most importantly, weeds to pick.

One little, two little, three little weeds to pick….

Some people play to collect all the stuff.  Some people play to maintain friendships with their neighbors. Some people play to harvest a ton of fruit.

I play to pick the weeds.

Serious. OCD. Contentment.

The game I’m most fanatical about is the Sims 3. I’ve been addicted to this franchise since college. Seriously addicted. As in, when the last expansion pack came out, I played so much I did this for my husband:

And an artist is born.

If you’ve never played the Sims, I’m so sorry. Surely, you’ve heard of it. If not, here’s how it works: you basically create a character, or a family of characters, and live out their lives. You order them around, deciding such things as whether or not they can go to the bathroom, or wet their britches.

Again. Fun.

The OCD aspect of this game for me: you can assign your Sims a certain number of traits. If you want to play as a slob, you can assign your Sim the “couch potato” trait. If you want to play as Charlie Sheen, you can assign your Sim the “insane” trait.

Regardless of how I plan to play the game, there is one trait that I never, ever go without.

The “Neat Freak” trait.

Why? Because it means I now have the ability to clean EVERYTHING. Who needs a maid when cleaning the toilets, taking out the trash, and wiping the counter tops is SO SATISFYING???

Oh wait…you missed a spot.

There is one game, though, that you’re probably thinking is the obvious choice for an obsessive-compulsive individual such as myself. But I just can’t play it. It drives me bonkers. Literally, I’ve been known to throw things.

Because leaving behind even one dot is NOT an option.

(I KNOW I *promised* to give you Donnie Wahlberg’s phone number at the end of this post, but, sadly, I don’t have it. Hence why I used asterisks. However, if YOU have his phone number, you’d be my new best friend if you’d send it to me. Thanks. Also, thanks for reading this post.)

Photo Sources:
Serious Gamer:
Normal-Looking Gamers:
Female Warrior:
Weed Picker:
Sims 3 House Wife: 
Mrs. Pacman:

12 thoughts on “My OCD Takes a New Form

  1. Walt313

    I had a completely wonderful time reading this lovely post, post office, officer, Officer and a Gentleman, Debra Winger, Winger, wing, wingman,never leave your wingman, never leave your lover, never leave your car keys, never say never again, again, and again,and again,and again,and again,and again,and again,and again

    WATCH OUT!!!! ZOMBIES!!!!!

  2. Abby

    It’s ok. I can handle the zombies because I have a huge sword. So long as I can kill them one at a time. We’re good.

  3. CrystalRaen

    I read the whole thing for Donnie’s phone number. Abby you broke my heart 😉 Love the gaming post tho. I’m currently addicted to Plants Vs. Aliens.

  4. Abby

    I’m sorry, Crystal. I SWEAR if I had it, I’d give it to you. Unless he didn’t want me to. Or he gave me a number to a phone dedicated solely to me. But otherwise, I’d totally share. Maybe.


  5. Eleanor

    I’m a gamer too! I was completely addicted to WoW at one time. The Sims 3 is my big addiction at the moment. I love city building games too: Caesar, Pharaoh, Master of Olympus, Children of the Nile…
    Damn, I was going to be productive, but I think I need to go play for a while now.

  6. ElinaMK

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha… I’m just addicted to Castle Age & CSI on Facebook – I know if I start playing any of the games listed above I’d be in BIG TROUBLE (I’m a Virgo – enough said)!!!

  7. Abby

    Eleanor: ZOMG—-CIV??? Tell me you play Civilization. Cuz talk about addicting!!!!

    Elina: If you are easily addicted to games, please stay away from the Sims 3. I don’t think there’s a 12-step program yet, and I don’t want to be responsible for dragging you over into the dark side. 😉

  8. Stephanie

    When my husband played the sims years ago, he made a character that looked like him and a character that looked like me. This was a problem, because his character’s goal was love, which basically meant flirting with all of the other virtual girls. And I got jealous when he talked to another avatar instead of to my avatar. Which, might I add, wasn’t really me. Yes, I’m ridiculous at times.

  9. Abby

    @Walt—of COURSE!!!

    @Stephanie—LOL…we did something similar. The traits made it a little more difficult, that’s for sure.

    @Kristin—We don’t necessarily play games *all* the time…but when we get a new one, we tend to be obsessed for a few days…or weeks. LOL

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