Birmingham resident Twana Bond-Jones has written a play called "Game Over" that deals with gaming and how it interferes with relationships. The first run of the play will take place April 21 at the Carver Theatre ( 1631 Fourth Ave. North) in Birmingham, Alabama at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets cost $22 and are available at the box office and online. In the play newlyweds have a day off but argue about how to spend it: the wife wants to spend some quality time with her husband, but her husband wants to spend some quality time gaming. Hijinks ensue.
"I was astounded when I saw all the YouTube videos of adult men going crazy over the video games and with my own husband willing to spend $50 and upward of $60 on one video game," said Bond-Jones. "I just realized it was bigger than the 1980s Atari ... and it made me believe or feel that men, they view it as an investment and really cherish the gaming consoles."
Bond-Jones said that she decided to write the play after reading an article in 2010 about video game addiction. From there she talked to couples and relationship experts about video gaming and watched "YouTube videos on gaming." The play is not based on her own personal experiences, but her husband enjoys his fair share of gaming too, though probably not to the level she writes for the characters in her play. Bond-Jones said that her research revealed one story that really drove home the point that games can be a real wedge issue with some couples.
The worst case she ran across was a wife who was considering divorce because all her husband wanted to do all day was play video games:
"She tried to throw (the game) away. It did not work" Bond-Jones said. "It was a real addiction where he would flip out because of it."
Bond-Jones also pointed out that women are affected by the same problems as men when it comes to gaming and relationship trouble:
"I spoke to a woman the other day and she said she was addicted to PlayStation 3. I think (video game addiction) really takes away from time that could be spent with your partner and the time that’s needed to have a successful marriage today," Bond-Jones said.
While the play deals with a serious subject, it is delivered with a fair amount of humor and emotion, according to Bond-Jones.
"It’s touching," she said of the play. "It’s really a deep look into the lives of two people, struggling to know what it means to communicate."