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It's About Having Fun

Posted Mar 01, 2010 by Jon Wood

It's About Having Fun's Richard Aihoshi dedicates this week's column to recognizing that, in the end, video games are supposed to be about fun first.

Richard Aihoshi

Like probably the vast majority of my fellow Canadians, I spent a good amount of time during the past two weeks watching the Winter Olympics. The fact that they took place in Vancouver raised my interest level well above what it would have been had the event taken place elsewhere. And of course, I was glued to the TV yesterday afternoon for the men's hockey final between the home team and the USA.

Never having been a high-performance athlete, I can only imagine how much pressure the members of the Canadian team must have felt playing for the gold, at home, in our national sport, with an entire nation's expectation of victory riding on their shoulders. What's more, they were up against a team that had already beaten them once, with a hot goalie whose play earned him tournament MVP honors, and after narrowly escaping an ignominious collapse in their semi-final. So, it was interesting that on a few occasions when the camera showed the Canadian bench, some of the players could be seen smiling.

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