September 12th National Video Games Day

Ya, ya, I know… we just had one of these days in July but why not another now! After all, there are more games to buy and enjoy, possibly even get addicted to! The video game companies need our money and apparently, we are willing to give it to them! Now I admit, I play video games. I am told I get a little over anxious playing these games but…. isn’t it all about winning!?! Or maybe it’s supposed to be having fun playing the game whether you win or not – although winning is fun too! Anyway, setting aside a couple of days a year to do nothing but play your games really isn’t all that much… that is if you don’t play them hours on end all the other days of the year.

How to celebrate – Play the video games you love to play. Check into new video games on the market. Find family friendly games the entire family can play.

July 8th Video Games Day

Not to be confused with National Video Games Day, today is just Video Games Day. So what’s the difference? I have no clue! National Video Games Day comes in September, when kids are back in school, so I think here in July is a better choice. Anyway, most of us have played a video game at one time or another, some of us get hooked, for others it’s not their thing. Atari, Nintendo and X-Box hope we all want more, not less. It is a huge industry making billions of dollars as sit in front of our television screens, or computers, and waste the hours away. My favorite is Red Dead, a game about the old west. The graphics are unbelievable! So if you like playing video games today is your excuse to play th4em all day long! Let’s just remember, they are games and not real life.

How to celebrate – Play your favorite video game. Buy a video system. Break out a game you haven’t played forever.

September 12th National Video Games Day

I am not sure this is a day we should be celebrating but so long as we keep in mind it is just a game and not real life, I guess it’s okay. Video games and be fun, educational and help us develop skills we might not otherwise develop. However, it must also be remember when it’s time to quit and deal with real life.

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Now I’ll be the second to admit I like video games. (The first one being my wife!) They are challenging and you get a sense of accomplishment by winning the game that you often do not find in real life. I sort of drew the line at games like Guitar-Hero where being an actual guitarist showed me how unreal it was.

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Now I watch my nephews play video games, that to me make no sense at all, and forget to eat dinner or do homework. It seems to be a great way to lose weight but not put on muscle! I think nearly everything in moderation is fine… the key word here is moderation. So having a National Day for Video Games is sort of a good idea. Play it from morning to night without break to get it out of your system.

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The great news is that there are two of these days, one national and one not. It is good to get to know Mario, just don’t ask him to help you out anywhere near as much as you help him in the game world. There are games where you  have to learn some valuable life lessons. Game where you have to learn economics and where some long forgotten countries were.

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So if you don’t play video games, join in today to find out what you are missing. But maybe do it as a trade out taking that avid video game player out for a walk after a video game session. Games are great, just remember they are games and winning there does not make you a winner in real life. You have to earn that right in the video world, and the real world.

How to celebrate – Take the day and play video games! Play a video game with your child to see what they are experiencing. Find a video game you can believe in.

July 13th Embrace Your Geekness Day

July 13th Embrace Your Geekness Day

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Most of us are Geeks in some way. Me, I use to do Civil War re-enactments – the precursor to cosplay (For those who wonder I always play a Union soldier since no one else wanted to).

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It doesn’t matter what your geekness is, today is the day to celebrate it. Star Wars, Beatles, Scale Model builders it is something you enjoy and no one, but no one, has the right to tell you whether it’s fun or not! Wellcat created the day. It is not a day for just scientists and math nerds!

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How to celebrate – Let you true Geekness out today. Allow others their dreams and oddness. Reveal your Geekness to those you love.

November 29th International Games Day

Now in it’s 9th year, this is a tremendous way to get people interested in their local Libraries. Libraries all across the world host a variety of games under their roofs to prove they are not just all about education.

Games such as chess, checkers, board games, role-playing games, video games, card games, trivia games, and even tournaments are run inside libraries.

It is a safe environment where any question you have about rules can easily be looked up. It can be a fun day and a great way to make new friends.

How to celebrate – Go to your local Library on November 29 and see what’s going on! If nothing is happening, offer to host an International Games Day for the Library. Try to make up a new board game.