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Is Gaming A Waste Of Time?

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  1. Meg Pope says:

    Note that none of those people listed telling you gaming is a waste of time are your girlfriend! *smug face*

  2. Dara O’Briain very cleverly turned the argument back on the non-gamer by pointing out that chances are they’d watched a DVD box-set recently. Well that’s sitting on your bum for a good ten hours and not even interacting…

    1. willgsrr says:

      Well done Dara!
      But its true, it isn’t any different. Yet no one really bats an eye about that.

  3. Blimbeard says:

    I’ve had many similar comments made to me over the years. The irony is that most of the time they come from people who spend as much or more time than I spend gaming either watching rubbish TV programs or living on facebook playing Candy Witches or what not (which they somehow don’t seem to think constitutes being a video game) or refreshing their status page every 30 seconds in case they miss out on knowing what their friends had for lunch.

    I spent a few years regularly raiding in World of Warcraft, which constituted approximately 12-16 hours a week playing online with a group of around 20 really great guys and girls in Voice chat, enjoying the game together, chatting and having a great laugh, yet according to some people this is a sad and antisocial way to spend ones time. Sitting in front of the telly watching the X-Factor eating crisps or being out every night destroying brain cells in a noisy pub where you even hear yourself think is apparently a far more worthwhile pursuit!

    With the possible exception of the collective disgruntled spouses out there who have lost out on quality time with their significant other due to video gamnes, I think this attitude to gaming is a ridiculously outdated and stereotypical one. Ultimately, isn’t everything other than eating, sleeping and reproducing a waste of time ? Waste your time however you see fit I reckon! 😀

  4. My 14-y-o third son is trying to get me to enjoy gaming. I can’t even get started with that; I reached level 2 in Prince of Persia back in 1986 and wondered why on Earth should I give it another minute. Back then I was a rock climber, a nature photographer, a carpenter, spent a lot of time running and had already wrote a short story collection. I still manage to do some of those. There are some other things I used to enjoy which I am currently unable to get to, because of the little amount of time left after attending my responsibilities -watching movies for instance. If I had a couple unused hours a day, I would rather spend them finishing my third novel, fixing some toys for my two younger kids or making some fine piece of furniture by hand, perusing Finnegans Wake, running on a mountain trail, bouldering close to a nearby creek, inmersing deep into Wikipedia or even having sex. I put aside most of those activities because of work -and five children. I cannot imagine having a free half an hour and preferring the virtuality of a game instead of all the (real) fine stuff I happen to consider an essential part of the world.

    1. willgsrr says:

      That’s really cool that you write, what kind of stuff do you write? I’ve always thought it would be great to write a story. But I’ve never really known where to start, or what to write about.
      It must be tough finding ‘free time’ with kids, but then I guess your free time is spent with them.

      1. Hi willsgrr, thanks for asking and sorry for the delay. I write both fiction (sometimes fantasy or sci-fi, but mostly realism) and essay, which makes for most of my income. I blog sparsely, once in a while in English, but mostly in Spanish. About time spent with kids: its payback time. My dad spent a lot of time with me, encouraging a wide contact with what, back then, was called reality and did not happen in a screen. I reckon that has changed and wil change a LOT more. I do not intend to resist, but I want to remain critical, and remind my children (and theirs) that life gets its quality from inmersing yourself in conscience, not running away from it. If gaming helps you in that endeavour, be my guest. And please do try writing. Try to describe a contradicion, for starters; invent a character for each position, and you’re off. Good luck!

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