What's funny though to me is that afterwards, when I picked up my laptop and brought it into the other room, it literally felt different in my hands, as if it had a different weight. I had changed the character of this device by installing a game on it. I had flashes in my minds eye of me sitting down in a coffee shop or somewhere and killing some time on WoW**. I don't know if I'd ever take myself up on it, and if I/we keep playing, I think I'll be able to keep it under control, but I thought it was an interesting anecdote of the physiological manifestations of gadget and gaming culture.
*I had a 14 day free trial CD that was eating a hole in my mental pocket.
**This is a big mental departure for me; It's my first laptop and until now I've used it entirely as an email and RSS box, with some SketchUp on the side. Also, I am not accustomed to playing large games anywhere but at home, in my room. (DS games being small.)