Where is the Time?

The only gaming I seem to be doing these days is Guild Wars and short, “casual” games on my DS Lite. I’d rather play Guild Wars than console games these days. I would love to work on my backlog, maybe finally finish Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and all of those other games, but I can’t be bothered. It seems too much of an effort to play anything other games or to start anything else.

I don’t think I am addicted to Guild Wars, really. The most I play, now that I am slightly less busy, is two hours a night, if I do get to play at all. I have no burning “need” to play, at least it is not the same sort of “addiction” I have experienced when I am really “obsessed” with a game. It’s sort of a simmering want, rather than an urgent need. The other night I had a headache, so after failing a Mission, I called it a night for gaming and just talked to someone over the internets and listened to music.

I am juggling my gaming activities with my other entertainment activities, a struggle that others are no doubt familiar with, whether they are working full time or not.

TV? What’s that? I don’t watch TV anymore. I stopped watching Lost in the middle of Series 2, not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because I had to schedule my Wednesday night around it. TiVo is out because it involves a lot of expense. It was too much of an effort to tune in, I suppose. How lazy! If I know a show is really good, I’d rather buy or borrow DVDs anyway. I don’t think I would buy Lost on DVD. Maybe I’d rent it, but there are other things to watch…

Right now, I am working my way through Rurouni Kenshin, an anime series from the late 1990s that I never got around to watching, but which was very popular. I have been slowly going through the episodes here and there since the beginning of the year. There are about 62 episodes I need to watch, and I am near the end of the run, so I’m doing a little better than one episode a week. Other anime… Well, I have a backlog. One of these days I will finish watching that Fullmetal Alchemist series that the youngins are all talking about. I have watched the first ten or so episodes and I think the series is brilliant. But again — it competes with my other activities.

Games and talking to friends on the internet seem to be my main methods of entertainment, but I am trying to get back into reading graphic novels. However, they are so expensive and there is so much to read. I have several things sitting on my “Things to Read” pile. I have decided not to buy anymore books or graphic novels until that pile has been reduced by at least half. This might take a while. I have Christmas and birthday presents to finish/start reading.

I recently bought a used car. Because I have opted for the “pay it off as quickly as possible” route, I have far less money to spend on entertainment anyway. It’s probably a good thing that I won’t be buying books or games for a while. Meanwhile, my Amazon Wishlist grows and grows. The only game that I am planning on buying for the remainder of the year is Guild Wars Nightfall. No Guitar Hero 2. No Final Fantasy VI.* No Lego Star Wars 2. No Wii.

And then there are the non-gaming social activities. Hanging out with friends. Lunch. Dinner. Cinema. Outings. Stuff.

Not to mention the fact that I have “serious” things to do with my non-working time, things to do with career paths and The Future and so on.

So, right now, I don’t know what kind of gamer this makes me. I still read the industry news and follow what’s going on, but I don’t have the time or inclination to play a large variety of games.

* After finding that I disliked Final Fantasy VII, I planned on giving the Final Fantasy series another chance. Final Fantasy VI is supposedly better than Final Fantasy VII in some circles.

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