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As the deluge of fall titles continues, I find myself unable to keep up with all the games that I want to play. It’s not a bad problem to have, but it’s got me thinking a fair bit about time management. Because I work in retail, this uptick in the amount of games being released conincides with my work load also increasing considerably. My free time is at its lowest when the amount of media I want to consume is at its highest.
As a dope who has invested in all three current-gen consoles as well as both portable platforms, the only thing stopping me from playing every game that looks good is time. Thanks to rental service Gamefly and the fact that I can borrow games from my place of employment, the normal inhibitor of cost isn’t a consideration. However, I am strongly aware that every game I choose to play is another game I’m not playing. Every evening I spend playing a game is another film I’m not seeing, another book I’m not reading, another evening I’m not outside playing with the dogs, another evening I’m not devoting to spending time with my wife, another blog post I’m not writing for the site.
The only thing that even partially ameliorates the huge chunk of my free time that I am investing in gaming is that for most single-player games I can also listen to podcasts or audiobooks simultaneously, which at least offers me the illusion that I’m making productive use of my limited time.
I can’t even imagine how much tougher it must be for those reading this whose jobs entail giving up a huge chunk of their free time. At least when I leave work at the end of an 11-hour day I’m done. For others, that “free time” is just time to get caught up on their work responsibilities.
This probably wouldn’t be a problem at all if I just had patience. I feel a strong urge to play all these games while they are still current: part of the fun of this hobby for me is the discussion surrounding games and that’s always at its peak while the game is in the afterglow of its original release. I listen to a wide variety of gaming podcasts, and they feed into this inclination I have by rarely discussing a game that’s even a few weeks old. Is the internet to blame for the anxiety I feel looking at the over-stuffed game release schedule?
How do you guys manage your gaming time? Do you feel that your gaming hobby is preventing you from reading all the books or seeing all the movies or otherwise enjoying your non-gaming interests?