There are always 'better' things to do. That is not always an excuse to do them. I'd really like to go to europe. I can't just 'go do that'. I'd like to go hiking, but it's night time, and I work tomorrow. There are a lot of 'better' things to do, that I can't afford. It's not always the case for people to just go do stuff they want.I said that they are a waste of my time if I have better things to do.
Not really, I basically play games instead of watching tv as theres never anything on tv that interests me besides TWD and Legend of Korra.
Besides games I socialize, work, go to the gym, help my family and im happy with that.
For some people it's easier to uninstall something rather than just give up and leave it on their system, if this is what it takes for someone to stop altogether then I say go for it. Most will defend their opinions by saying "It's a hobby" and they're right, but far too many seem to use it as a snide remark as though they're defending something without elaborating (why post to be honest) rather than saying "good on you".
Have fun with whatever you choose to do with your new found free time.
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Things to be done outside of gaming? Skelington already does those. His ambitions and interests aren't all that wide.
I'm sorry you lack the self-control to maintain an equal balance between games and other entertainment that isn't game related. Alas, not everyone is as weak.
I wish you luck with breaking your video game addiction, OP.
Not really. I play games in my spare time, when im sitting around the house doing jack all. Other than that I go to gym 4 times a week, I study at uni and have a fairly active social life.
I like doing a variety of things. If I have fun doing it, then to me, that is all that matters in terms of the way I spend my free time. But spending all your free time doing just one thing isn't necessarily good either, I suppose.
Edit: I also know that some people find it more difficult to balance gaming with other things, so I wish you the best of luck, Callace =) I actually did a double-take when I saw who the OP was xP
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tbh I'd love to study and be out exercising instead of gaming, probably wont happend for another year or two tho... :P
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Very rarely have I looked back at a chunk of free time and thought to myself "What the fuck, what a waste of time, I regret spending those 2 hours doing X." In fact, I've never thought that ever.
I don't know about all of you, but when I want to do something instead of something else, then I go do it. If you don't enjoy playing games, then by all means, don't. Just don't act like video games are a waste of time.
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Good for you OP. I quit, "cold turkey", but after about 6 months of no games I installed LoL. I play about an hour of LoL a day, which is NOTHING compared to what I used to play on MMORPGs.
I have done so much in the past year since quitting games that I wouldn't have done if I hadn't quit.
Edit: And all the people telling the OP "it's not a waste of time if you enjoyed it!" really just seem to be getting offended by the "waste of time" remark. There are many things a person can enjoy, that doesn't mean he should do those things. We shouldn't all just be hedonists just because we can. There are responsibilities in life, and even if you can balance it with gaming, there's always something more you can do. Don't just settle for "just doing enough".
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But I do get a feeling you now looking down on otakus who do enjoy playing video game. Not all of us are playing out of some compulsion or habit.
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There is a massive difference between gaming as an obsessive hobby that consumes your life, and gaming as a hobby to unwind when you have the time. For most normal people, and certainly most adults, it is far more productive than detrimental. I do see the problem for teenagers and young adults though, or any other age group that has quite a lot of spare time to devote to gaming.