A pretty neat write-up by Tom Bissell about his addiction to video games and drugs.
"Tom Bissell was an acclaimed, prize-winning young writer. Then he
started playing the video game Grand Theft Auto. For three years he has
been cocaine addicted, sleep deprived and barely able to write a word.
Any regrets? Absolutely none."
"Video games and cocaine feed on my impulsiveness, reinforce my love of
solitude and make me feel good and bad in equal measure. The crucial
difference is that I believe in what video games want to give me, while
the bequest of cocaine is one I loathe. I do know that video games have
enriched my life. Of that I have no doubt. They have also done damage
to my life. Of that I have no doubt. I let this happen, of course; I
even helped the process along. As for cocaine, it has been a long time
since I last did it, but not as long as I would like."
The article is very well written. It dives into the world of GTA with
such lavish prose that it's little wonder why Bissell has been awarded
for his work. He sums up his experiences as a gamer, plus the general
appeal of recent GTA titles in a beautiful way. And he also describes
-- quite eloquently -- his downward spiral into a gaming addiction
fueled by cocaine abuse.