What Hobby/Interest Do You Have That Trumps Games?

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#1 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -

Bodybuilding>Video Games>Horror Movies.  Those are my 3 hobbies.

SNESMaster420

Awesome. EDIT: I imagine BB takes more of your time than money?

#2 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -

Is there anything in your life that outdoes your investment of time and money more than video games? (By choice, not counting your mortgage, car payments, student loans etc...)

#3 Posted by Blueresident87 (5340 posts) -

I play guitar and some other instruments quite a bit.

#4 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -

I play guitar and some other instruments quite a bit.

Blueresident87

I've always wanted to ask someone who plays guitar how they approach Guitar Hero and Rockband.  Are you actually at a disdvantage in such games because your natural inclination is to play the toy guitar as if it is a real one?

Or is a non-issue as with driving games and real driving (that there is enough of a separation between the two realities)?

#5 Posted by Blueresident87 (5340 posts) -

[QUOTE="Blueresident87"]

I play guitar and some other instruments quite a bit.

lozengez

I've always wanted to ask someone who plays guitar how they approach Guitar Hero and Rockband. Are you actually at a disdvantage in such games because your natural inclination is to play the toy guitar as if it is a real one?

Or is a non-issue as with driving games and real driving (that there is enough of a separation between the two realities)?

It is no more difficult to play those games having played the real thing, because they share nothing in common other than timing, and that's even debatable. It is certainly a non-issue as it is with driving games.

But I've barely played those games anyway because I just don't like them; I'd rather play a real guitar than pretend to.

#6 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -

Yeah, that is what i thought. Right on, thanks for the response.

#7 Posted by JML897 (33133 posts) -
I would give up video games long before I'd give up music or movies.
#8 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -

I would give up video games long before I'd give up music or movies. JML897

I actually made that choice (in reverse) in 2001.  I barely buy music or movies any more.

#9 Posted by SNESMaster420 (1335 posts) -

Bodybuilding>Video Games>Horror Movies.  Those are my 3 hobbies.

#10 Posted by jsmoke03 (13136 posts) -

i have 2 many interests, but nothing has taken my money more than games.

#11 Posted by Lucky_Krystal (1390 posts) -

I like anime and reading as much as I like video games.

#12 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (19043 posts) -
Work
#13 Posted by TwistedShade (3138 posts) -

Been really enjoying walking/jogging as of the last few week's. Seems to take up more of my time than playing games.

#14 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -
WorkBlack_Knight_00
Doesn't count BK.
#15 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -

Been really enjoying walking/jogging as of the last few week's. Seems to take up more of my time than playing games.

TwistedShade
It's the easiest way to clear the mind.
#16 Posted by donalbane (16376 posts) -
I love to cook. You've got to eat!
#17 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -
I love to cook. You've got to eat!donalbane
Mrs. Lozengez is the same way, thankfully. My idea of cooking involves a toaster and a microwave.
#18 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (19043 posts) -
[QUOTE="Black_Knight_00"]Worklozengez
Doesn't count BK.

It does in my case
#19 Posted by SNESMaster420 (1335 posts) -

[QUOTE="SNESMaster420"]

Bodybuilding>Video Games>Horror Movies.  Those are my 3 hobbies.

lozengez

Awesome. EDIT: I imagine BB takes more of your time than money?

It takes time but it's not so bad. I only workout for a maximum of 1.5 hours per day and I simply wake up earlier than I would if I didn't body build. Cooking and preparing my meals for the next day takes the most time and $. I probably spend on average $100 per month on BBing supplements, $60 on video games, and $25 $50 on blu-rays/dvds. A typical day is wake up at 5:30 AM, workout, breakfast, work @ 8:00, off at 4:00 PM, home by 5, play some games from 6-8 or so, then watch a movie with the Mrs. Could not get any better IMO. What's cool is my wife plays games, loves horror movies, and body builds as well. I am very lucky in that aspect.
#20 Posted by Jackc8 (8500 posts) -

Probably spend more on gaming that any other hobby right now as I'm saving up for a gaming PC that's going to top $1,000 (only about $500 left to save LOL).  I spend more time watching movies though, my wife and I watch a couple every night.  Also play a lot of golf in the summer. 

#21 Posted by Lulekani (2151 posts) -
Ofcourse, I create homo erotic fan fiction scenerios.
#22 Posted by usernamenoway (43 posts) -

More than Gaming?

Basketball

Watching stuff on hulu plus

The other thing....think I read a rule saying we couldnt talk about that on here....so uh yeah.....hulu plus and b ball works

#23 Posted by c_rakestraw (14775 posts) -

Writing.

#24 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (19043 posts) -

Writing.

c_rake
Highfive
#25 Posted by gpuFX16 (1296 posts) -

Not much other than gaming. I own both a electric guitar and bass, but I'm not a serious musician or anything, just bought them to have fun trying them out and learn a few pieces I like. More personal enjoyment than anything else.

I do, however cycle alot. I love bikes/motorcycles, and I'm actually more comfortable on two wheels than four. Thank goodness I do enjoy riding so much, otherwise my health might not be as good. Between work and riding, I get enough activity that I don't feel bad about totally getting lost in some of these games.

#26 Posted by Legolas_Katarn (15555 posts) -

If I found the right group of people tabletop roleplaying with something like Pathfinder or miniature wargames like Warhammer would top video games.

I've never had an interest in any other things.

#27 Posted by Spartan_N7 (581 posts) -
Mainly reading. I'll pick up movies quite a bit but unless it's something Ive really been wanting to see, it will sit there for a couple weeks before I get around to watching it. About a month ago, my wife and I bought the Dirty Dancing collection on Blu-Ray for $8. Ive seen the first one so we didnt bother watching it that night. We just got around to watching Havana Nights yesterday.
#28 Posted by -Water-Wings- (1093 posts) -

Snowboarding in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.

#29 Posted by Namgis (3592 posts) -

Sports. I watch NHL, MLB, NFL and any others I find interesting. Most times after work, I turn on the idiot box and find what's airing. If there's nothing 'good', I'll fire up the games. This will be reversed for several months, potentially a year after TLoU, GTAV, Beyond and Deadpool drop. My PS3 is going to see major hours in it's immediate future.

#30 Posted by Ernesto_basic (2123 posts) -

Making money ;-)


#31 Posted by HipHopBeats (2718 posts) -

Music, poetry and Hip Hop Beats.

#32 Posted by immortality20 (7958 posts) -

My major hobby is gaming, it used to be Magic: The Gathering but I quit that (for the third time in my life). I do also collect collectables like statues, action figures and the such, but only at the right prices. I also usually wait for price drops on most games, and look for sales on Ebay or on local classifides. I guess I usually do buy a new $60 games at least once a month though.

#33 Posted by josephl64 (4424 posts) -

I guess anime would trump it slightly...I like playing my trumpet, but gaming might surpass it.

#34 Posted by sukraj (23884 posts) -

Movies

#35 Posted by UpInFlames (13279 posts) -

I couldn't live without music, it brings color into my life, it enhances my emotions, my state of mind. Some of my favorite bands are Radiohead, The National, Interpol, Low, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Wild Beasts, Tindersticks, TV On The Radio, Shack, The Smiths, Pink Floyd.

#36 Posted by l34052 (3310 posts) -

I work long hrs but when im not there i like to lift weights and love music but my first love is my car, an '04 e46 M3.

#37 Posted by sukraj (23884 posts) -

I work long hrs but when im not there i like to lift weights and love music but my first love is my car, an '04 e46 M3.

l34052

me also like lifting weights chana sagaa.

#38 Posted by Shame-usBlackley (18266 posts) -

My wife, shooting, music, and travel all trump playing games. That's not an insult, though -- I love the first two more than my life. Gaming being a distant fifth is a hell of a compliment.  

#39 Posted by Shame-usBlackley (18266 posts) -

The Smiths.

UpInFlames

Smiths fan from way back. Ever hear Hatful of Hollow? Favorite album of theirs is probably The Queen is Dead, although Strangeways is very good as well, despite being derided by fans. 

#40 Posted by t1striker (1549 posts) -

I think it's a tie between Music and Video games, Movies are way behind.

#41 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (17335 posts) -

Scale models and dioramas. I haven't dabbled in it though since my Paasche airbrush set was stolen.

#42 Posted by MasterTankallex (110 posts) -

No, but working out at the gym comes pretty close. Unfortunately I haven't had much time for either since I started school.

#43 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5207 posts) -

I don't know that they trump gaming, but I definitely am really big in to cycling, music (particularly Shoegaze, Trip-Hop, House Techno, Noise Pop), and Anime.

#44 Posted by Vari3ty (11111 posts) -

Right now, watching TV. :P

Just started watching The Shield a week ago, already on the 3rd season. Can't believe I missed this one.

#45 Posted by Shame-usBlackley (18266 posts) -

[QUOTE="Shame-usBlackley"]

My wife, shooting, music, and travel all trump playing games. That's not an insult, though -- I love the first two more than my life. Gaming being a distant fifth is a hell of a compliment.  

lozengez

You love shooting more than your life?  Like at the range, skeet or hunting?

I wish I could travel, but I am so neurotic I just cannot handle it.

Figuratively, of course. Range and skeet -- it has a calming effect on me. I also reload all of my own ammo, which is as much an art as it is therapeutic. I don't do much in the way of hunting. Going out and killing something, throwing it in the back of your truck, and passing by six grocery stores on the way home always seemed kind of pointless to me and insulting to the animal, especially since cleaning an animal is not pleasant. I'm pretty secure with my proficiency to know I could easily hunt and secure food for survival if I ever needed to, but I don't see the point when I can let someone else take care of all the nastiness. Too busy to go spend three days in the woods with a bunch of people you can't talk to, spraying yourself down with deer piss, and the reward is getting yourself covered in blood and shlt for a few lousy pounds of meat. :)

#46 Posted by UpInFlames (13279 posts) -

[QUOTE="UpInFlames"]

The Smiths.

Shame-usBlackley

Smiths fan from way back. Ever hear Hatful of Hollow? Favorite album of theirs is probably The Queen is Dead, although Strangeways is very good as well, despite being derided by fans. 

I don't have Hatful of Hollow itself, but I've heard most of the songs via other compilation albums. Morrissey's lyricism is simply unmatched, the way he sings so effortlessly about things everyone goes through in their lives, the fears and the sorrows and the occasional glimmer of hope...he makes it seem so easy and yet no one's even close to being on his level. Couple that with Johnny Marr's guitar melodies and you get one of the greatest bands in history.

Strangeways is good, hell, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me is one of the best songs I've ever heard. That alone makes it a better album than 90% of stuff out there. And then there's Girlfriend In A Coma and Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before which are fantastic tunes as well.

#47 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -

My major hobby is gaming, it used to be Magic: The Gathering but I quit that (for the third time in my life). I do also collect collectables like statues, action figures and the such, but only at the right prices. I also usually wait for price drops on most games, and look for sales on Ebay or on local classifides. I guess I usually do buy a new $60 games at least once a month though.

immortality20

Why quit it? I have long sctins of not playing it, but I still enjoy it whenver I can.

#48 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -

My wife, shooting, music, and travel all trump playing games. That's not an insult, though -- I love the first two more than my life. Gaming being a distant fifth is a hell of a compliment.  

Shame-usBlackley

You love shooting more than your life?  Like at the range, skeet or hunting?

I wish I could travel, but I am so neurotic I just cannot handle it.

#49 Posted by Shame-usBlackley (18266 posts) -

I don't have Hatful of Hollow itself, but I've heard most of the songs via other compilation albums. Morrissey's lyricism is simply unmatched, the way he sings so effortlessly about things everyone goes through in their lives, the fears and the sorrows and the occasional glimmer of hope...he makes it seem so easy and yet no one's even close to being on his level. Couple that with Johnny Marr's guitar melodies and you get one of the greatest bands in history.

Strangeways is good, hell, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me is one of the best songs I've ever heard. That alone makes it a better album than 90% of stuff out there. And then there's Girlfriend In A Coma and Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before which are fantastic tunes as well.

UpInFlames

"Paint A Vulgar Picture" was also really good. 

How'd you feel about his solo stuff? It's funny, because in a lot of ways, his solo stuff has been pretty consistent in both quality and consistency. I remember when The Smiths broke up, and I was thinking, "Well, so much for that," but when I heard Viva Hate, there was some amazing shlt on there -- Alsatian Cousin, Bengali In Platforms, Suedehead, and Every Day Is Like Sunday all blew me away.

He even kind of veered into rockabilly a little bit with "Your Arsenal," and it worked really well. "Vauxhall And I" is another standout record.

#50 Posted by Hate_Squad (1357 posts) -

none,for me video games are second only to mandatory stuff like work or having to eat:P.the only thing i enjoy similarly are travels but i dont have the time