Escape Gamers Anonymous
Meeting of May 9, 2009
“Hi, my name is zoz and I’m an Escapeaholic”.
“Hi, zoz”. “Hey, zoz”, “Bonjour, zoz”, “Hallo, zoz”, “G’day, zoz, you old corker!”, “Ola, zoz”, “@zoz, hello!!!”, “こんにちは, zoz!”, “مرحبا, zoz”, “γεια σου!, zoz”. And on it went. For about twelve minutes, actually. I never knew there were so many Escape Game Addicts in the world. And all of them tuned in to EscapeGames24.com., our "dealer", if you will. The one that offers a couple of cute Escape Games and gets us hooked. Hooked to the point that we’ll even play 123bug games day after day after day, complaining all the while. But I digress. Back to the meeting.
“My last escape game was this morning at 3:47 a.m. (09:47 Greenwich Mean Time)”. I play sometimes in the wee hours of the morning so I can catch a live game and converse with my new cyberfriends. Cyberfriends who, let’s face it, could be serial killers for all I know. “Um, there aren’t any serial killers here are there?”. Cybersilence. “I was just kidding, lol!:}”. I don’t want to make any of them angry, just in case, you know. “I was playing ‘Escape the Cruise Ship’ and it was a really good one. You know, where you go through multiple rooms and have all sorts of novel puzzles to solve, and collect all sorts of screwdrivers and wrenches and cutters and torches and…” I realize I got carried away. I should be trying to turn away from these games, not obsessing over them. Before I could post again, the Escape Gamers Anonymous Blog was flooded with comments. So many that the server almost went down. Comments like “Ooh, ya, I played that one, too. It was GREAT! I didn’t join the discussion though, I just followed all the online posts to get me through.” And, “Yessss, could you believe that one puzzle with the encrypted clues where you had to Google Morse Code to figure it out?”, and “Nooooooooooooo, I missed a live game?”, and so on. One post even read, “comment deleted by blog administrator”. Probably one of those creepy spammers that lurk in the wings.
It was at this point that I had a revelation. I can’t quit, even with the help of Escape Gamers Anonymous. And neither, I suspect, can any of my comrades who worship at the alter of EscapeGames24.com. We will keep playing 123bug games, even though we profess to hate them! We will continue to search for magnetic stripe cards and GirlsDollhouse letters, even though most of them are completely invisible and frustratingly hard to find! We shall go on playing games that aren’t even “real” Escape Games, just because they are there and we must get to the end (preferably, the Good End)! We will continue to play games that are full of clues in Japanese, even though we don’t understand a single word of Japanese! Yes, we will even play “Find the Numbers” and “Spot the Differences” (although we won’t admit that to our offline friends)! And we will still be incredibly excited by being “first! Woohoo!” at a live game. Yes, we are the Escape Gamers of the World, and WE WILL ESCAPE!!!
I’ve almost forgotten about the meeting. For my final post, I write, “um, gotta go now cuz there’s a new, gam, er, tv show I have to watch.” The replies from around the globe are instant and unanimous: “yeah, sure, zoz, ROTFLMAO. CU@the game ;D”