Mystery birthday game

I find birthdays to be a bit of a mixed bag, so tend to let mine slip by without too much fuss. This year, for example, I added an extra year to my age and celebrated by sitting in with Indian take away. A bit sad, some of you may think, but I would much rather chill out with yummy food than become the centre of my own self arranged attention.

That is not to say that I didn’t have any expectations for my birthday. I expected my close friends and family to remember and text me, which they did, and I expected my immediate family to get me some sort of presents, because they always do. The difference this year was that there was no talk about it beforehand.

Oh mystery envelopes, what will you contain? A game, some anthrax, who knows?
Oh mystery envelopes, what will you contain? A game, some anthrax, who knows?

There are only so many things you can buy a girl who lives in London, has a job, and generally doesn’t rely on presents as the main source of getting stuff she wants. So usually I get money, vouchers, games, or DVDs. The last two normally come after some sort of prior consultation… but since there had been none of this I got excited about the prospect of unwrapping a mystery game.

Here is an example of a game that I will never buy for myself, but  should I be given it....
Here is an example of a game that I will never buy for myself, but should I be given it….

What game do you buy for someone if:

a) you don’t know anything about games

b) you don’t know what games they already own

c) you can’t really remember which consoles they own

d) and the last time you saw them playing a game it was on a Megadrive?

I place most of my present bearing family members into this dilemma category. From their point of view a choice game would have to be something nice, but not patronising. So I was thinking it was probably going to be a fitness game for the Wii. These games seem like a ‘well she is a young professional living in London now’ type of granny buy, and they loudly hint at being a bit ‘girly’. I don’t have any Wii fit stuff, but if a free one comes my way I’d be willing to give it a go. Anyway, if I didn’t like it there is always the super fun trade in trip, a ritual that I enjoy.

So there I was, ready in my pyjamas to receive the morning mail. I was one day older but clearly none the wiser. Even as I write this down I see the logical flaw in my over zealous excitement. Obviously anyone who hasn’t seen you in a while, hasn’t talked to you about what you want, and knows nothing about games doesn’t buy you a game. Yes, it is blindingly clear to me now, but as I stood by the letter box full of childish excitement the rather card shaped deliveries really disappointed me. They were vouchers, a hoard of vouchers. This is of course great, now I can buy what I want, but that means I won’t try something outside my comfort zone, and I think that is all I really wanted.


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3 responses to “Mystery birthday game”

  1. Markatansky avatar
    Markatansky

    I can relate to this! The only difference is that I’m much too afraid to trade in any games I’m given as gifts in case the person who gave me it notices I no longer have it in my possession. X(

  2. arc14716 avatar
    arc14716

    Oh, snap. It was your birthday last week, wasn’t it? Happy Birthday, Eleanor.

  3. The Rook avatar
    The Rook

    I dread to think what my family would buy me if they had the sense to buy me a game. You could always give some vouchers to a friend and ask them to buy you a game of their choosing.

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