When your wife asks you to stop playing that game and come to dinner, but now calls it by name instead of “your stupid game.”
When you just assume that adventure games must be much more popular than any other genre, and are briefly surprised when you talk about your favorite with a friend and he has no idea what you are rambling about.
When you are genuinely surprised to see your young nephew struggling to play Thimbleweed Park as if he did not know how to play an adventure game. (???)
When you wake up immediately after an interesting and convoluted dream and proceed to build a dependency chart for it.
When you see a flow chart, state context diagram, component architecture or solution diagram on a whiteboard at work, and start planning how to implement the puzzles for an adventure game.
When you overhear your colleagues at work chatting about software piracy and you immediately think “Monkey Island” instead of “BitTorrent.”
When you are afraid to buy that new (or vintage) adventure game that comes highly recommended, for fear that it will consume a significant chunk of your life for the next several weeks – and you know that it will happen.
When you start every anecdote with “when I played Monkey Island back in the day…”
When you respond to every friend’s anectodets with “oh, something similar happened to me when I played Monkey Island back in the day…”
When 30 years later, you are still talking about that adventure game you played as a child… and discussing its philosophical and moral implications, and its impact on the human condition.
When your deeper thoughts can be countered by a friend, colleague, or random stranger with “dude, it’s just a video game!”
When you have a box labeled “collectables” that contains all your LFL/LA boxes
When the box of Zak is set up for display like a museum piece in the living room
When you realize you spend more time reading and writing about adventure games on this and other blogs than actually playing them (what a shame)
When you opted out of every Facebook mail notification except for “fans of MI”, “point-n-click adventure game fans unite” and “we want zak McKracken special edition” groups and the thimbleweed park account.