Don't tempt me.

Put it away.

I have resisted Pong, Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros.

I have scoffed at Asteroids, Donkey Kong and entire generations of Game Boys.

Put it away.

Shut it off.

I'm serious. Don't tempt me....

I have ignored Gran Turismo and Grand Theft Auto. I showed no interest in Myst, Doom or anything with wizards.

"Not for me," I would say, when someone offered a joystick or a controller. "That stuff is for kids. I'm too busy."

Don't tempt me. Turn that screen off.

I'm serious....

I am talking about Words with Friends, an app that is basically Scrabble played long distance. It involves nothing more than two players making words out of the letters they are given, and trying to score more points by doing so.

My sister-in-law innocently showed it to me a few weeks ago.

"You're a writer," she said. "Help me."

That was a mistake.

The first time I tried it, I was on for an hour. That is an hour longer than my lifetime's total on video games.

I'm the guy who rolled his eyes at Halo. I'm the guy who never owned a PlayStation or an Xbox. I'm the guy who asked, "Why would anybody play The Sims? Isn't the real world good enough?'

Get that screen away from me.

Do not tell me the letters!....