Gaming is not the most important thing in my life

Polygon: "What’s your favorite video game?"

This is what people ask when they find out what I do. I have a stock answer: Super Mario 64. It's probably not my favorite game, but it satisfies people. It's a game they've heard of and that we all can agree was important. It's one of my favorite games, sure, but that's where my love for it ends.

What I'd like to talk about is Crypt of the Necrodancer, and how it made roguelikes fun for me again. I'd like to bring up Crawl, and how being the hero makes you "it" and why I think local multiplayer games are an important thing for players who don't often see other people playing games in the same room. I want to talk about my problems with how people call virtual reality antisocial and why I think that's the wrong way to look at the technology.

But I don't say these things. I tell them Super Mario 64, and then we talk about something else. The truth is that video games aren't the most important thing in my life. Not by a long shot.

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