Hi all. I have fond teenage memories of overnight, sleepless DnD sessions and halo ce lan parties. I remember staying up til school started playing Doom and quake as a kid and then again in high school with Diablo 2 and Warcraft 3 among others. I’d dump endless hours into these games because I’d only get a few games a year and after school and extracurricular stuff, my friends and I would tabletop and video game our free time away happily.
Fast forward the years to age 30 and after, there are more great games than ever before, be it on a screen or on a table, and more money to buy them with for most of us (I hope).
The flip side is that we have less time to fit it all into. For many of us, that involves children and family obligations. For others it’s careers and dating or our partners. Beyond work and home life there’s also (in this community especially ) time spent on political and social activism and other more community minded pursuits. On top of all these things, there’s the fun stuff like friends and other activities or leisure items vying for our attention when free time does open up.
How has adulthood changed your gaming and personal habits? Have the genres and games you choose changed over time to fit your lifestyle? Do you find yourself avoiding certain things or even gaming communities? How have you adapted your habits to get in some time with your favorite tabletop or video games? Are we doomed to all have ever increasing backlogs of games we never actually get around to?
For me, I have fallen away from the CRPGS and JRPGS that were my favorite genres growing up. It is too hard to guarantee the 60+ hours to complete them and it’s hard to get a sense of meaningful progress in a 30 minute chunk of play. Not to say there are no exceptions but definitely an overall trend for me. I haven’t bought persona 5 for this reason, and I haven’t completed pillars of eternity or even started tyranny for the same reason. Part of why I’ve played so much Player Unknown battlegrounds is that even a long game is 30 minutes. Not to say I don’t binge play for long hours sometimes but the knowledge I am not stuck in a long cycle to finish a game helps me quite a bit.
Thanks for the great community y’all.