The fine art of pulling an all-nighter

I was left shocked (and slightly appalled) (and a tiny bit embarrassed) yesterday when, sat around a table with no less than six games journalists, I discovered I was the only one there who had pulled an all-nighter. This has saddened and sickened me in equal measure, and I hope this transgression can be sorted before I have to take drastic measures. I do not know what I am threatening here, I just wanted to threaten.

If you don’t know what I’m on about, let me explain. I am a person who plays video games a lot. Shocking admission there, I know. If you think this is sad, fuck you. That’s one of only very few serious things I’ve ever written on this blog.

Anyway, to pull an all-nighter is to sit and play a game throughout the night, beyond bedtime, through the night, to be playing when loud housemates get home from their smelly clubs of grotty people and until the daylight hours come back around again.

I have done this numerous times in my life. As a child it was easy to do as I had no responsibilities, I had friends who liked games enough to play them for hours on end with me and I started drinking coffee at a young age. As I got into studenthood it continued being easy, as I still had no responsibilities and going to school was clearly well lame, like.

Morrowind, Oblivion, Football Manager, KOTOR, Tony Hawk’s 2, Power Stone 2, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing, PES Master League mode, the Smackdown games – just some of the titles that have kept my attention through the times when I should be sleeping. It may be overkill how many games I’ve done it with, but I’m just being thorough. The all-nighter is a rite of passage, and if you haven’t done one then I consider you well crap, like.

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4 responses to “The fine art of pulling an all-nighter

  1. Ash

    I’ve been worryingly close to doing it by accident lately, happily playing away until I realise it’s 4:30am.

    It was only a few days ago that I mentioned to Em that I was disappointed I didn’t take part in the charity all-dayer thing. Playing games for 24-hours and doing something for charity? Everyone wins. Especially me.

  2. Pascale

    I dont know about playing games all night – but I think I watched you play Bioshock for a considerable amount of time, possibly the bext evening EVER.

    Also, driving cars up ramps on GTA in time to 80s rock – that didnt get old did it?

  3. A games journo that hasn’t pulled and all nighter? Thats nuts

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