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Ways an adult can balance gaming nowadays?

#31bvillebroPosted 6/12/2014 2:56:45 PM
Hope this doesnt sound rude

I dont understand the OP. Ask yourself this, TC. Are you playing a game to complete it? To say that you finished it? Or are you playing it for fun?

We are all busy (lol not all of us but you get it). I am away conducting research for a graduate school internship, as such I wont be gaming for another 6 weeks

But during the semester, i still dont understand. As a busy college student who works 2 jobs, I simply allocate myself 3 nights a week in which I can play for 2 hours

The amount of time I play doesnt change. The amount of time I am having fun doesnt change. So i dont see the issue. Whether the game takes 10 hours to complete or 100, im still only playing for 6 hours a week no matter what. Being a busy adult has no impact on what i can put in my gaming library, I just only have 6 hours to have fun.

So is the problem you are having is that you want to play/finish multiple games? Cuz if i am having fun with an rpg, ill continue to have fun with it as long as I can.

BTW, despite MGR being a "short game", ive been playing it for the better part of 4 months, simply off its replay value

So your issue here is that RPGs have a longer story campaign? Thats just how they are
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#32danger_brandonPosted 6/12/2014 2:59:00 PM
Hey TC, I feel your pain. I have so many games that I still want to buy (old and new), but I've put them on hold until I finish more of my backlog. The problem is that I work a full time job, and now I'm thinking about finding another part time to be able to save some money. I would hate to shun my friends in my free time, but it's coming down to that. I don't think I'd want to give up gaming, but you never know where life takes you. If you find yourself in a position not able to game as much as you used to, it sucks, but think about your future and what you could do otherwise. I plan to save money by working and playing my backlog. If I get some time to go anywhere, or have to be out of town for family or something, I've gotta buy another DS game to take with me. I'm 24 years old right now, but gaming is a money saver for me (when I have the time).
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#33Shing_gorPosted 6/12/2014 3:00:05 PM
ditch the wife/girlfriend

when you need a release.... call an escort

more flavors, they are interchangable, and they don't take half your stuff when **** hits the fan
#34OdaNobunaPosted 6/12/2014 3:03:09 PM
I work 40 hours per week, and I have friends, and other hobbies. And I have plenty of time to play.

It's just a matter of time management. And being single is a blessing.
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#35bvillebroPosted 6/12/2014 3:06:01 PM
Jx1010 posted...
However PS3 games or RPGs like Persona 3, Persona 4, upcoming Persona 5, Dragons Crown, Mass Effect 3, Disgaea 4 are not that great because they take many, many hours and someone with little time to spend on them and not looking to jump into such a deep game will not find it worth it with other things going on in their lifes.

I find this comment in particular to be rather offensive and ignorant

So the only way someone can enjy a ong game like an RPG is if they dont have a life?

Maybe some of us just have longer attention spans. Where we dont need a new title every week to keep us interested

This topic in general is starting to look suspicious the more I read it. Adults are responsible; they segment allotted time appropriately. If a week goes by (or in this case, practically my entire summer) where I cant play a video game, I just accept that fact.

But to imply that the length of idle time one has in a week has any impact on the type of games they can play speaks to your understanding of gaming, and your inference that the only people that can play longer games are either not adults, or not busy, sounds like you arent either.

Again, Im not trying to be rude, but you are making very sweeping generalizations here
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#36S4ViscantPosted 6/12/2014 3:08:05 PM
TC:

Giving up gaming is not your only option. You just have to be content with not being at the forefront of it all. There are lots of games to play these days and having limited time means that you won't be able to enjoy them all at the same pace as other people with more time, so you have to be more relaxed with your gaming and get to games when you can.

I'm older, I have a full time job, bills to pay, a house, and a car to take care of. I'm lucky if I get an hour a day to game. I don't let that discourage me though. I've been playing Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory HD for a month now and I still have not beaten it. It's not even a very long game.

I find it's best to stay focused on one game, and try to play it all the way through, then move on to something else.

I don't play multiplayer games all that much, but the same principles apply to them. Play what you can, and enjoy yourself, but don't be upset if people out level you, or progress faster than you. I played WOW for 3 months, and only ended up with a level 67 character, which is really bad for a game in which you can level so fast, but I'm okay with that. Just play games to enjoy them for yourself and, enjoy them at your own pace.

I don't have many other hobbies besides gaming, so it's easy for me to devote what little free time I have to gaming, but it's something you will learn and adapt to if your desire to stay a gamer is strong enough.
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#37SirerdrickPosted 6/12/2014 3:20:56 PM
32 years old here with a full-time salaried job that requires nightly conference calls with asia - AND am a home owner with a kid and wife... it is doable, but not to the level that you can when you are a kid.
I got an iPad which helps since it is instant on and instant off.
I can play some games (30 mins to an hour) at night if I want.

Only problem I see is that when you are young you have all the time in the world but no money, and as an adult the opposite is true.
#38thelocalhentaiPosted 6/12/2014 3:24:15 PM
Most girlfriends should be notified of a day that you can spend alone (Sundays for example), it's not just about gaming time but time that you can have for yourself. Activities such as running, painting, making music, going out with friends, etc are much harder to do with a girlfriend that needs to be around all the time. If your significant other is mature, they will give you as much time as you want but that doesn't mean neglect them. This is obviously harder if you live with one but hey, dems the breaks (which is a pretty good balance).

If you have a crappy job that's paying very little, ditch it for something closer. Yeah, I know it seems really hardcore but you have to figure out how much you value your time and if it's a crappy job with a long commute, it's not worth it plus it's unhealthy. Find something closer to the action (ala girlfriend, friends, family, etc) or find much more practical ways to get to and from work.

I live in Los Angeles and have to drive through traffic daily, this would be a problem if I only took my car but my motorcycle saves me about two hours or more worth of commute a day. This doesn't seem like much but that's extra time to stay up at night and extra time to hang out before stuff starts happening during the evenings (dates, gigs, etc). Currently, I'm juggling between a girlfriend, an 8:30-5:30 job, and two gigging bands (another that's mainly weekend), and I still have time to do all those things and game for about an hour or two during the evening. Granted the girlfriend does her own thing during the week like visiting her parents thursdays for souplantation. Just means find a busy girl or a girl that can play with you.

With all that said though, games should be a secondary priority, it's much more important to make time for yourself.
#39tripZ504Posted 6/12/2014 3:25:35 PM
Jx1010 posted...
Kirbopher13 posted...
Where do people get this mistaken impression that online "requires large amounts of time?"
It's literally exactly opposite of that. Lets just take CoD as a simple example. You go in, play a 10-minute match, at most, and you're out.
Some games can take even less, like fighting games.
Regardless, online is generally the best way to play for someone looking for bite-sized gaming sessions.

As for making time, I don't think I could tell you. You know your schedule better than any of us.
Just go over things you have to do and things you want to do and make room for gaming if you really want to during any free hours you have.

Online is the most time consuming and addicting style of gameplay.
Take a First Person Shooter for example.... you need to level up to unlock weapons and items which requires hours of gameplay... which requires knowledge of gameplay because there are countless losers online with no life but to play the game every single day all day long


Cod is opposite of that. I play it once maybe twice a week. Haven't prestige once yet. And I can still jump online and put the boots to the so called losers who are on 24/7.
#40Jx1010(Topic Creator)Posted 6/12/2014 3:27:28 PM
bvillebro posted...
Jx1010 posted...
However PS3 games or RPGs like Persona 3, Persona 4, upcoming Persona 5, Dragons Crown, Mass Effect 3, Disgaea 4 are not that great because they take many, many hours and someone with little time to spend on them and not looking to jump into such a deep game will not find it worth it with other things going on in their lifes.

I find this comment in particular to be rather offensive and ignorant

So the only way someone can enjy a ong game like an RPG is if they dont have a life?

Maybe some of us just have longer attention spans. Where we dont need a new title every week to keep us interested

This topic in general is starting to look suspicious the more I read it. Adults are responsible; they segment allotted time appropriately. If a week goes by (or in this case, practically my entire summer) where I cant play a video game, I just accept that fact.

But to imply that the length of idle time one has in a week has any impact on the type of games they can play speaks to your understanding of gaming, and your inference that the only people that can play longer games are either not adults, or not busy, sounds like you arent either.

Again, Im not trying to be rude, but you are making very sweeping generalizations here

You took things the wrong way.
I dont mean that RPG players dont have a life, I love RPGs except for the fact they are too long. But what I meant was that with other things going on, I have to put other things as priority leaving the games for last... and an RPG being so long is just way too long to keep up with.

I can play a day and come back to it two weeks later.... I wont remember some details of where I left off in some RPGs.