Time well spent. Sort of.
Most gamers will be spending their time with Halo 5 today. Not me. I’ll be spending my not-watching-the-baby time with WWE 2K16, because I’m more a fan of professional wrestling than I am of first-person shooters.
I’ve loved professional wrestling since the 1980s. I loved the showmanship, the presentation, the characters, and the drama of a good storyline. As I got older, and time went on, there was an increased presence of athleticism, which is something I always admired and lacked. Professional wrestling, at its best, combines great storytelling and superb athletics. It is, to me, battle theater. When I sit down to watch a pro-wrestling main event, I know I’m going to get a twenty minute climax to a story that’s been episodically building up for weeks. Like any story, there is the potential for the story to fall flat, and like any athletic sporting event there are the risks of poor performances and screw-ups. But when it all comes together, it’s like magic.
So yes, I’m going to be dedicating my brief not-watching-the-baby time (he’s napping as I write this, so I have to hurry!) to pretending to be a professional wrestler. Like any video game, it has the risk to be terrible, but I’m crossing my fingers that it will be a satisfying main event.