Get outside and enjoy the weather! Turn that bloody thing off! Don’t you get bored playing games all the time?
I’m sure most of you’ve had one of, all of, or something along these lines said to you at some time or another.
I’ve frequently heard people (my mum being the main culprit, co-workers 2nd) tell me that its ‘such a waste of time’ to sit in playing games. But when I ask them why, they can never really back up the argument.
I like to point out that just because they may see playing a computer game for 6 hours straight as a waste of time, I actually happen to love it. I actually happen to have massive amounts of fun playing computer games with or without my closest friends. Some people see it as antisocial. What’s antisocial about 10 friends all meeting up to play Halo? Yes its hugely geeky, but antisocial it is not!
Gaming lets me experience brilliant story telling, breath taking artwork, and gripping immersion. It gives me hours upon hours of experiences to talk about and share with my friends and on here. How can that be time wasted?
So why does ‘gaming’ have this “time wasting” stigma attached to it? After all isn’t playing computer games just another form of entertainment. And by that logic, could you not also argue that most other forms of entertainment are a waste of time. Reading a book? Watching a film? Writing a blog? All these things I also do. But no one ever tells me I’m wasting my time with these. If I sit in and watch all three Lord of the Rings films all weekend no one tells me that’s antisocial, that’s boring or that’s a waste of a weekend. In fact, I think a lot of people would say “Oooo that sounds great, I love sitting in and having film marathons”.
The people that tell me things like this may sit at home and watch every single episode of Eastenders, which I personally would see as a waste of time, because I don’t like it. But I wouldn’t tell them they were wasting there time. If they enjoy it, then that’s great. Why can’t I be left to enjoy a game without someone telling me I’m wasting the day.
All this got me thinking a bit more. How much time do I actually spend playing games? I just so happen to be signed up to http://raptr.com/, if you don’t know, Raptr kind of keeps track of all the games you play, and how long you have played them.
I have been a member on this site since 5th January 2010. I had only registered my Xbox gamer tag to the site initially, although I have just added my steam ID too.
Since 2010, I have tracked 1,470 hours of Xbox loving! That’s about 61 days worth of playing which sounds like quite a lot to me. Battlefield 3 came out on top as the most played game with 159 hours. But in total that’s roughly 9 and a half hours gaming a week, since signing up. Which, on average is less than 1 and a half hours a day. I don’t believe that there are many people that would spend less time than this a day doing something that they enjoy, i.e. watching TV etc…
So, am I really wasting that much time? I don’t think so. Even if I did agree that gaming was a waste of time, 1.3 hours a day (that’s what it calculated at) isn’t exactly an astronomical amount. In fact it’s a tiny amount. It’s less than 10% of my time.
Have you had people tell you similar? Do you feel like you waste time by playing games? How many hours to you clock a week?