I was curious who here plays video games and how often.
I think that video gaming sometimes has a negative stigma as just an addictive 'time waster' that doesn't offer much mental stimulation.
I think this can be true, but I think this varies from person-to-person; if gaming gets to the point that it's mindless repetition and the person doesn't have much reason why they're doing it other than to 'kill boredom' then I'd say yes, but beyond that I'd say it's a legitimate hobby which one can grow at.
Lately I've been playing Modern Combat 5 on my PC; I don't own a game console right now (and don't really want one because in the past it ended up being too much of a time-waster, and I can monitor myself better on PC), and don't avidly keep up with gaming in general; I'm also mildly into more competitive or 'esports' style gaming because I find it an enjoyable and stimulating outlet.
As far as why gaming is viewed as more of a 'mindless time waster' than 'real sports or activities', I'd say it's probably because the entry-level is lower and it offers a quicker sense of reward with minimal effort, a la gambling at a slot machine - a person too lazy to even leave their couch can still game, but someone who wants to... play tennis even at a beginner's level has to at least be motivated to get up and go outside; that's just my 2 cents anyway.
Maybe 2-3 hours a week. I played more when is was younger but these days i lack the time and motivation.
Let´s be honest, it is a form of entertainment. And in that it can be very similar to watching TV or reading books. There are good books and there are bad books. Same with video games. Even thouh books have the benefit that they can be quite educational. And when it comes to mental stimulation i would say it is far better then just wacthing the next season of CSI Miami
Entertainment yes, I'd consider there a difference though between entertainment that is 'pure recreation', a la simply vegging in front of the TV, or drinking a beer, and entertainment that has room for growth or self-development, a la improving at a competitive sport.
So myself I definitely wouldn't say that someone, a la a professional Street Fighter tournament player who has to grow and evolve mentally in order to attain their skill is, 'wasting time', a la someone who just 'vegges out' and levels up their WoW character, unless by the same definition playing tennis or poker at a measurable skill level is also a time-waster.
As an example, some "pro" players at the Gran Turismo racing simulation game went on to become actual professional race car drivers using the skills they learned in competitive play; so I'd say that's a far-cry away from some guy spending 8 hours a day "killing boars" in World of Warcraft.
As I already wrote in another thread, I play the heck out of video-games (more than 3 hours a day!). Though lately it's been a bit better because my own computer burnt out, and I'm using my dad's laptop, and he doesn't allow me installing anything on it. So I haven't played a video-game in almost a month now.
As to e-sports, I'm really skeptical. Sure, it's competitive, but why must it be so overpaid and respected? I don't think it should, at least not until VR gaming becomes big.
But lately, all you hear is 'an e-sport match got postponed because one of the "athletes" had to write exams in school', or 'the olympic committee is deciding whether or not to include e-sports into the olympic program', or other such crap.
It's a hobby, people! Stop pretending it's important!
Not sure what 'important' means, my view on it is that it's a hobby. I suppose there are some types who treat it as 'a way of life' to an unhealthy degree, but for that matter, there are plenty of folks who do that about football.
I like games because they are increasingly emerging as a storytelling medium. I think its very interesting how this newer tech is allowing for stories to be told in new ways, almost makes me want to be a game developer.
Yeah, but that's kind of their weak side as well. If we're talking about a shooter\ adventure game (GTA, CoD - why not?), or a survival horror (Outlast), then yeah, but not in the case with RPGs. Comparing Kotor and ME to the likes of Mount and Blade, MnB is obviously superior in one key aspect - it really is an RPG. After creating your character, you're set literally free upon the world: if you want, you can conquer all the lands, or be a bandit, or a mercenary, or a merchant, or a lord to one of the existing kings, there' even mods that allow you to become a file-and-folder soldier for a lord's army, or a peasant\ farmer, you can even choose to get married. In the likes of Kotor and ME, regardless of what background you choose for your character, or what choices you make during the game, you'll still be Revan, or the Exile, or Jane\ John Shepard. Of course, MnB's openness is just as much a burden as it is a blessing because if you don't want to roleplay, there's really very little to do other than just run around the map, encounter mobs, and fight them (though that can be just as fun, if you're into it).
Guess what I'm saying is that if you're forced to play out a story, is it really satisfying? It's like watching a movie and getting the chance to control a character, but ultimately, ending up with the scripted ending(s), and then you realize you're not in control of the story.
Now that I thought of it, videogames are a huge metaphor for out own lives >./p>
I use video games as a way to disconnect and let my mind rest. It's therapeutic. 30-45 minutes a day is plenty though.
So my view on video games is purely based on me. Not on others what so ever.
So I have ADD or whatever ( who doesn't these days) and for me playing almost any sort of video game for more than 30 minutes causes an exasperation of symptoms, as in lack of concentration, and excessive day dreaming. I never noticed this untill I was married and invested in my career however. I grew up with video games, its about all I did until high school and even then was my biggest non school activity. Fortunatley I got into swimming as a freshman ( Phelps had just won all those medals) and Krav Maga, which taught me about work ethic, physical endurance and many other things. Then I met a woman, started working, and joined the army. I continued gaming... to the point that I seriously considered making a youtube channel or somehow pursuing it further. Until I had a daughter. Then with my time being split between the army and my family responsibilities there was no longer time in the day to pursue all three activities ( especially when you throw in the MMA gym I occasionally visited). Something had to give and it couldn't be the Army. That's when I learned how addicted I had become... being unable to stop even when I knew I had to. Fortunately my wife is an infinitely better woman than I deserve and helped me kick the habit. Once I did I began to notice my job performance increase, my ability to hold conversations get better without blurting out and interrupting, more personal time to further advance my physical conditioning, and appreciate the quiet moments with my daughter/wife more. Now the only times I will touch a video game is if I am at a friends house (usually a gathering) and even then it is very short in duration, and I couldn't be happier about it. So many more worthwhile hobbies and activities that I could/ can do now. So for me the right answer was to essentially cut out video games from my life completely.
Hope this helps or at least gives some anecdotal experience.
I play about 20-30 minutes a day, if that.
I use it as a relaxation tool. I usually play it right when I get home from work, but before my wife comes home. A good way for me to unwind.
Like anything, moderation is key.
I'm 33 and still play a lot of video games. At around 30 I worried that I was getting too old to still be a gamer but I thought fuck it, if you enjoy it then who cares. As long as you keep your gaming within moderation I think it's a highly beneficial pasttime.