Best. Run. Evar!
Worlds collide in the most interesting ways …
Exhibit A: The other day I went running and found myself thinking the following: if I complete this level I will be able to move to the next level. Honestly. And then, after finishing a run I said to myself “I feel stronger now!” This logic and these words are familiar to anybody who has played Tombraider. But they also, apparently, apply to the acquisition of actual strength (as in real life activity).
Exhibit B: Having completed almost all of the levels of Katamari Damacy I am now going around trying to get some of the gifts. In addition to unlocking “eternal” mode #3 while rolling up the moon I also managed to score a lovely little pink running jersey on another level (oh how I wish I had a screen grab). You cannot imagine how delighted I was after a gruelling run to receive this little symbolic gift. The King was very happy with me, indeed.
And so I have concluded that either: a) video game logic is starting to define my offline experience; or, b) that there really is some benefit to playing video games while attempting to learn a new sport. If you think I think about Katamari Damacy too much then maybe you should read this Slashdot thread about Katamari and gamespy wireless on the DS.