What Hobby/Interest Do You Have That Trumps Games?

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#51 Posted by UpInFlames (13279 posts) -

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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.

Shame-usBlackley

"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.

I actually never listened to his earlier solo stuff, don't even know why (I really should get on top of that, seriously). The only ones I did listen to were You Are The Quarry (which is f***ing brilliant) and Ringleader Of The Tormentors (which I found to be utterly disappointing).

#52 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -

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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.

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. :)

Beyond the shooting I have to do on my property, which is never enjoyable due to it always being to put-down dying livestock, I have tried skeet shooting.  I can see the appeal, but ultimately my mind kept drifting back to video game shooting.  It's a nice challenge though, a lot like bowling, in that once you get the muscle memory down it becomes a mental sport.

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

Beyond the shooting I have to do on my property, which is never enjoyable due to it always being to put-down dying livestock, I have tried skeet shooting.  I can see the appeal, but ultimately my mind kept drifting back to video game shooting.  It's a nice challenge though, a lot like bowling, in that once you get the muscle memory down it becomes a mental sport.

lozengez

Yeah, Skeet is great fun. I like going out to the Skeet range with my Rem 870 pump and outshooting guys who have $4k over and unders. Nothing like taking two clays out on a doubles station with a pump shotgun. The over and under guys look at me like I am a disease, and I love it.

I just got a Benelli M4 last year for my birthday, and for grins one day when the range was quiet, I shot skeet with it. Pretty hilarious. Here it is in action (not me, of course):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwWowQDX8eY

#54 Posted by SciFiCat (1750 posts) -
Art, movies and writing.
#55 Posted by Recon19D3 (14 posts) -

Well I live out in the country by about a dozen lakes, so I spend a lot of time with my firearms, hunting, fishing, gardening and I have a woodshop also.  I spend some time building military models and reading history and military books.  I also write for a small Indie/Retro gaming based website.  Between all that, work, wife and kids gaming is mostly now a late night or bad weather hobby for me, but I still love it just as much as I did when I was single and played 35 hours a week.

#56 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -

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Beyond the shooting I have to do on my property, which is never enjoyable due to it always being to put-down dying livestock, I have tried skeet shooting.  I can see the appeal, but ultimately my mind kept drifting back to video game shooting.  It's a nice challenge though, a lot like bowling, in that once you get the muscle memory down it becomes a mental sport.

Shame-usBlackley

Yeah, Skeet is great fun. I like going out to the Skeet range with my Rem 870 pump and outshooting guys who have $4k over and unders. Nothing like taking two clays out on a doubles station with a pump shotgun. The over and under guys look at me like I am a disease, and I love it.

I just got a Benelli M4 last year for my birthday, and for grins one day when the range was quiet, I shot skeet with it. Pretty hilarious. Here it is in action (not me, of course):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwWowQDX8eY

Just watched. :lol:

#57 Posted by Gibsonsg527 (3313 posts) -

No, but the time and money that I put into movies is second to games. 

#58 Posted by jcopp72 (5352 posts) -
in money terms - I collect nascar die cast, the 1:24 scale, they cost between $60 and $75 I usually spend more per year on these than games.
#59 Posted by Floppy_Jim (25834 posts) -
Probably none that matches the hours put into vidyagames. Movies/TV series and more recently martial arts. Hoping to do more travelling in the near future too.
#60 Posted by JasonDarksavior (9323 posts) -
Driving ... Love driving especially fun cars.
#61 Posted by yellosnolvr (19302 posts) -
play bass and have been playing in a band around florida for over a year now. hobby that turned into a full-time job almost overnight
#62 Posted by CarnageHeart (18316 posts) -

In the past weightlifting and reading (I could easily bench twice my 240 lb weight not so long ago). Since I hurt my back a year ago (slowly easing back into weightlifting) just reading.

I read a lot of horror (Brian Hodge's books tend to run out of gas, but his short fiction collections such as Picking The Bones and The Convulsion Factory are excellent), fantasy (NK Jemisin, Glen Cook, Jim Butcher, George RR Martin), pop culture history (just read an excellent book called Who's Afraid of the Song of The South which talks about that and other aspects of Disney's history that it tends to play down) and actual history (right now I'm reading through The Negro's Civil War: How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union). I also recently went through a couple of the old Hellboy graphic novels (at 10 bucks a pop its a pricey habit, but they are fun reads).

#63 Posted by V3rciS (2206 posts) -

Games > Movies > Beer > Anime > Books > Music
That's for me...

#64 Posted by Flubbbs (3591 posts) -

im a die hard college football fan, im not sure it trumps gaming though.. i put more money toward games than any other hobby

#65 Posted by EvilSelf (3619 posts) -

I play football(soccer) on a weekly basis in a competative league. I will never give up that, provided i am healthy enough to play.

#66 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -

I have to say I am impressed with how many of you have figured out how rewarding physical exercise is.

It doesn;t really match the typical gamer stereotypes, you know?

In fact, you all seem strangely well balanced for a bunch of game-forum dwellers. :P

#67 Posted by PelicanRebelLdr (125 posts) -
I like to read comic and play/watch sports.
#68 Posted by bowserjr123 (1624 posts) -

Watching sci-fi, playing tennis and ping pong, and working out are other hobbies I enjoy but not as much as gaming, they're pretty close though lol

#69 Posted by Gamertag-TFTW (2242 posts) -

Music has crept up a little bit that and wrestling ofcourse.  But over the long haul gaming is still toward the top of list.

#70 Posted by Solid_Link22 (5688 posts) -

Im into bodybuilding and playing basketball.

#71 Posted by lilasianwonder (5964 posts) -

Maybe WH40K.

#72 Posted by jsmoke03 (13165 posts) -

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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.

lozengez

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

magic the gathering is fun...you could get caught up in all the hoopla
#73 Posted by Haziqonfire (36344 posts) -
No, not really. However, as of late I've become more fond of reading novels. I've invested in many eBooks over the last year and have been reading through A Song of Ice and Fire lately, almost done.
#74 Posted by MLBknights58 (5015 posts) -

After a short stint of depression, getting back into bodybuilding.

I've also always wanted to learn to play the piano, so I'm taking lessons after semester.

#75 Posted by MirkoS77 (8384 posts) -
Skydiving would consume my life far more than games would if I could afford to get into it. Once I get the money to fully pursue that as a hobby, gaming will become #2.
#76 Posted by lozengez (443 posts) -

After a short stint of depression, getting back into bodybuilding.

I've also always wanted to learn to play the piano, so I'm taking lessons after semester.

MLBknights58

Bodybuilding (or any form of regular exercise) should greatly help ward off depression.

#77 Posted by Zensword (3885 posts) -
I have other hobbies but they don't trump games: drinking coffee at Starbucks and reading books. :)