Finding time for it all can be difficult
Readers reveal the longest period of time they’ve gone without playing video games on a regular basis.
The subject for this week’s Hot Topic was suggested by reader Korey, who asked whether you’ve ever been, or currently are, a lapsed gamer, and if so what pushed you away and what drew you back in.
In the end, there were two common stories: giving up for a short period of time because of a change in circumstances or simply not having enough time the older you get…
Every other generation
I’ve gone without games a number of times in my life. First at college in the PS1 era for a number of years, then when I got a decent job I bought an Xbox 360 and enjoyed that and the beginning of online play.
I then got married and had kids and missed the whole end of that generation and the next. Things are a little quieter now though, so I’ve jumped back in with the PlayStation 5 and am very much enjoying myself.
I don’t know about games being my favourite hobby, I like my rugby and I try to be a bit of a musician when I can, but it’s definitely up there. The only problem is that it’s so antisocial, in terms of sitting at home doing something else you have to concentrate on, and time consuming.
I kind of feel the off and on experiences I’ve had are almost a positive though as seeing what the new machines can do each time has been pretty awesome.
Everything in moderation
I almost feel like I should lie here, to make me seem more windswept and interesting, but I don’t think there’s ever really been a time in my life that I haven’t been playing video games to some degree. The intensity comes and goes, as you’d imagine, and I certainly get less time for it now than I used to, but I wouldn’t say I ever really went a week or two without playing.
That said I don’t tend to play for very long, not any more, so most of this is an hour or two ever second or third day? Something like that. Then maybe a longer session at the weekend or when a new game comes – when I’ve been known to take a couple of days off work to play it.
Gaming is important to me but I don’t like to think I go overboard with it or anything and certainly wouldn’t considered myself addicted or anything. It’s just a fun, value for money, way to entertain yourself and I don’t see myself ever stopping.
Just a break
The closest I’ve come to a gaming lull was during the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360/Wii era.
I played a good bit on my DS, but as far as AAA gaming went I didn’t really bother.
I think I only played the two Super Mario Galaxies, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Portal 2, and Resident …read more