I’m so excited for this post, because I’m kind of geeky like that ^_^ In case you haven’t heard, today is the The Level Up! Blogfest.

What it’s all about
Games are an important part of living; otherwise life would be boring as hell. You might be a fan of video games, card or dice games, board games or even games you used to play on the playground as a kid. There’s always a game that holds a special place with us.

On February 20th, talk about a game you play or used to play; tell us how it works and share your love of the game with the rest of us. It can be any kind of game you like, from World of Warcraft to Hopscotch, from Monopoly to Blackjack and everything else in between. Tell us what you love about that game. Just sign up with the widget below, and feel free to spread the word and use the badge above! We’ll see you gamers on February 20th!

While I’m not a hardcore gamer – I don’t buy and try every game that comes out for every console – I do have a handful that have become my favorites over the years, and I’m enough infatuated with the gaming industry in general that Scott, the male lead in my upcoming novel Conflict of Interest, runs his own very successful video game company.

When I stopped to think about what my absolute favorite game ever was – the one that holds the most special place in my heart – I had a lot to consider. I tend to be a java-games junkie, always playing the latest puzzle game, so I thought about those (you know, Bejeweled, or anything that requires color and/or shape matching on Facebook). But those are distractions, they’re not near and dear to my heart.

Then there’s the MMORPG I’ve played for the last four and a half years, like the hard-core addict I am. It’s the only MMO I’ve ever been able to get into, and no one’s ever heard of it except the people who play. But even though Mabinogi is an addiction, it’s still not in that top spot in my heart.

I’ve never been big on board games or card games, and while I love a good pen & paper RPG, I’ve never had enough of a group of friends all at the right time to really play any one long term.

When it comes right down to it, my favorite overall game of all times – the one I always go back to and the one that holds a special place in my heart – is Tetris.

Yup. I love those little 4-block shapes, falling randomly, wanting to be lined up nice and neat so they vanish. I’m not sure what it is about Tetris, but there’s something mesmerizing about all those falling, disjointed cubes. That and I’ve been known to work through problem story scenes while I’m making all the shapes fit.

What’s your favorite game? And don’t forget to find out what other people said by visiting the list below.