How do you find yourselves time to play videogames?

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#1 Posted by Tqricardinho (340 posts) -

Hi guys.

For those who have jobs, how can you find time to play games and still maintain a social life, spend time with family and do other things like reading, listening to music and watching movies/tv?

#2 Edited by Lucianu (9315 posts) -

I play at night wen everybody is asleep for a couple of hours, usually. In the weekends, a little more. Sometimes at day time aswell, i dunno, it depends on certain personal circumstances, i can always find time to play my games without interfering with my responsibilities.

My hobby is gaming, so that takes priority over watching movies, since those aren't. I only watch my favorite TV series like once a week on my PC wen they're available. If it's an old series i wanna watch, i do the same thing. Once a week. Time flies so fast, so it's never a bother waiting.

Music, i bump a lot of my favorite tracks in my car.

As for reading, my main thing is manga, sort of like my second hobby. I love me some good manga, so i usually read that instead of watching TV which i barely turn on to catch a couple of episodes of Pawn Stars & Storage Wars on History Channel. Love those shows.

#3 Edited by Arthas045 (5094 posts) -

I normally play at nights when everyone goes to bed. My times for gaming are 9pm-12:30am. The weekend will be longer normally. I find I still wish I had more time because of the backlog of games. Like stated above gaming is my hobby, so I prefer that instead of watching movies and TV.

#4 Posted by ShepardCommandr (2296 posts) -

I don't have a life.I've got no job,no friends,no gf,nothing.

All i do is sit on my ass all day long play videogames,watch tv shows and movies.

#5 Posted by muthsera666 (13271 posts) -

Honestly, I only game for about 40 hours a month. My job sucks horribly right now, but any job I find that will pay well enough will be out of the area. Right now I live at home, so I spend a fair amount of time with my parents, knowing that I will be living in the hopefully near future.

#7 Edited by DigitalDame (3790 posts) -

So in addition to working full time, being a parent, and trying to play MTG competitively I find that the best way to get in gaming is to set aside time for it once or twice a week. It's like I'm taking the game on a date all most.

#8 Edited by GamingTitan (505 posts) -

i deprive myself of sleep. after the family has gone to sleep i do all the stuff i like~

#9 Posted by s_h_a_d_o (1280 posts) -

Hi guys.

For those who have jobs, how can you find time to play games and still maintain a social life, spend time with family and do other things like reading, listening to music and watching movies/tv?

Currently, I don't. :|

#10 Posted by guynamedbilly (12932 posts) -

You don't find time. You make it. Do what you want to do.

#11 Edited by Jacanuk (3925 posts) -

Hi guys.

For those who have jobs, how can you find time to play games and still maintain a social life, spend time with family and do other things like reading, listening to music and watching movies/tv?

How do you think people find time for hobbies, reading books, going to the gym or watching movies? because gaming is not different from those

So with university and gf and a kid i have plenty of time during the week, also i don't drink so when other people drink at the weekends, i usually spend with the gf and some gaming.

#12 Edited by M8ingSeezun (1973 posts) -

You don't find time. You make it. Do what you want to do.

Yep that's what I do.

#13 Posted by O_G_Bess (13 posts) -

I only watch TV online without commercials, it literally cuts the time I watch TV by two-thirds enabling me to play video games more often. At the end of the day, if you want to do something you'll make the time for it.

#14 Posted by Flubbbs (2912 posts) -

I don't have a life.I've got no job,no friends,no gf,nothing.

All i do is sit on my ass all day long play videogames,watch tv shows and movies.

how does it feel to be a nobody? always wondered

#15 Posted by megaspiderweb09 (3686 posts) -

I am suprised by how many people are actually doing the same as me, i guess when stuff start to pile up in your life, hobbies have to shift to a night time activity

#16 Edited by muthsera666 (13271 posts) -

@Flubbbs said:

@ShepardCommandr said:

I don't have a life.I've got no job,no friends,no gf,nothing.

All i do is sit on my ass all day long play videogames,watch tv shows and movies.

how does it feel to be a nobody? always wondered

Pretty lousy. I wouldn't recommend it.

#17 Edited by Randolph (10426 posts) -

My problem is less finding time and more finding energy these days. I have time, but after a eleven to even fifteen hour day of work, my brain can't take the stress of trying to figure out whatever problems or challenges a game is throwing my way. I sometimes only play on the weekends here lately.

#18 Edited by c_rakestraw (14579 posts) -

It's easy to make time when it's your job. Hard part is finding time to play games for fun instead of work.

#19 Edited by dvader654 (44752 posts) -

I have lots of days off.

#20 Edited by Randolph (10426 posts) -

I have lots of days off.

Congressman? :P

#21 Edited by dvader654 (44752 posts) -

@Randolph said:

@dvader654 said:

I have lots of days off.

Congressman? :P

No, my job actually helps people.

#22 Edited by pillarrocks (1317 posts) -

I play at nights with no distractions.

#23 Posted by NeonNinja (17318 posts) -

It isn't that hard to maintain a social life, have a job and game. People have hobbies.

#24 Edited by sukraj (21902 posts) -

I play at night when my wife and kids are asleep.

#25 Edited by CyberLips (1807 posts) -
#26 Edited by withe1982 (450 posts) -

It hard working 50h+ per week, living with your partner and still having enough time to socialise and play games.

It's almost like a second job trying to cram in enough time to play games. I generally have to play games with my girlfriend after work for 1-2h a night (she likes Lego games and most GTA and GTA clones) and wait until she's on long days or weekends/nights to play the games I want to.

As a result it will take me weeks or even months to finish a lengthy game. For instance I got Skyrim at launch and as yet I've not finished it. Add that to Dragon's Dogma, Witcher 2, Kingdoms of Amalur and about 20 games I've yet to start and It's months and months worth of gaming.

I hate it when we have plans for the weekend or a family get together as I've got to mark in my diary when I can next play on a game and it can sometimes be weeks ahead. I usually have to feed my habit by browsing forums or watching walkthroughs online when the boss isn't looking at work... like now.

#27 Posted by marcheegsr (2464 posts) -

I usually play at night or on weekends.

#28 Posted by loafofgame (424 posts) -

@Randolph said:

My problem is less finding time and more finding energy these days. I have time, but after a eleven to even fifteen hour day of work, my brain can't take the stress of trying to figure out whatever problems or challenges a game is throwing my way. I sometimes only play on the weekends here lately.

Having to figure out problems and challenges in games? What is this you are talking about? Where can I find these games...? ;-) Seriously though, you should work less. But I guess that isn't an option...

#29 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69782 posts) -

You just have to find the time for it

#30 Edited by FinalFighters (1358 posts) -

at the moment i only have a part time job so i have plenty of time.

#31 Edited by LoG-Sacrament (20397 posts) -

if i get home from work at 5ish and to bed around midnight, that still leaves a lot of time to do whatever. if some friends are gathering, i'll probably go hang out. as far as games/movies/books/music, i do what i feel like doing. if i want to play more video games, i play more video games instead of the other activities.

#32 Posted by touchscreenpad (220 posts) -

I go for the minimum recommended playing time which is 2 hours. I estimate my free time between arriving home at going to sleep.

If it's my day off the next day then it's a whole different story. Hahaha! :D

#33 Posted by MirkoS77 (7016 posts) -

I'm currently undergoing chemotherapy for disease. I'm laid out most of the week. Videogames help me get distracted and pass the time.

#34 Posted by t1striker (1549 posts) -

Gaming is my main hobby. So after I get home it is mostly game time.

#35 Edited by Chaos0vt (76 posts) -

@Tqricardinho: i tend to play on a night when little un is in bed and i tend to play my own music in background

#36 Edited by DarkCatalyst (20930 posts) -

Gaming gets the vast majority of my free time (which I define as time I am not sleeping or at work). I actively cut activities out of my life that impede that, but most of my social life coincides entirely with my gaming anyway.

#37 Posted by Some-Mist (5630 posts) -

don't really have much time any more, and any time I do have I spend with the two dudes I live with watching movies, playing hockey, or going out. luckily on Saturday mornings, both are gone and I have a couple hours to play, but I typically just play shmups for 30 min to an hour which is about my total play time now per week.

#38 Posted by alim298 (1138 posts) -

Based on what people have said so far I'll say if you want to have a good socialized life give up gaming forever. It is the most time consuming hobby of all and that is the exact problem.

#39 Edited by iHarlequin (1789 posts) -

I sleep four to six hours a day and haven't had any sort of social life for the past year, since I moved out of the city. I go to school in the morning, eat and study at home from 1400 to 1900, and then, dinner aside, play videogames (or rather, have that time slot free for playing video games if it's what I wish to) until 0000 - 0200. Other than my monthly visits, online games and TeamSpeak are what keep me in touch with my friends.

#40 Posted by I-AM-N00B (410 posts) -

Hi guys.

For those who have jobs, how can you find time to play games and still maintain a social life, spend time with family and do other things like reading, listening to music and watching movies/tv?

I have a job and its easy enough for me! I dont usually play games all that much, but when I do get some time to myself I prefer to play a game, I'm not really interested in reading and watching films, and the only TV I really watch is live sport.

I have a good enough social life, and love a good drink on weekends, I go to the gym 3 times a week, and I'm a huge football fan, and go to see Chelsea play every other week. I also see plenty of my family, as I live 5 minutes away from my parents and sister, and a short drive away from my grandparents' house.

I usually play games most days, but only really at night to wind down after a long day at work. Of course I'll be playing a lot more with Xbox One being out tomorrow, but I'd say that as long as you play in moderation, its easy to fit games around real life! Besides even if I play for an hour a day on average, that's still 7 hours a week, which if you think about it is about enough time to finish the average single-player campaign these days!