Online gaming… Career or Hobby?
I think that I first started gaming when I was like, six years old. I was at my cousin’s house and they had a game system – an awesome Sega console that had all types of games, from Sonic the Hedgehog to Loony Toons. It was so much fun! I loved sitting there and playing games with my cousins and eating cheesy Nacho Doritos.
Yeah, it was totally nineties, but it was honestly my first experience with video games that I ever had in my life, and it was pretty much something like love at first sight. I know they say that love only happens in the movies, but those times were some of the greatest of my life.
Now that I’m 29 years old, not much has changed. I still eat Doritos on a regular basis. Probably too often. It’s actually kind of alarming and multiple people have commented on how much I eat Doritos. It’s actually not something I want to be known for so I scaled back. I also drink Capri Suns and eat Hot Pockets, but that’s most for convenience. That’s because I online game a lot and I do not really hone my skills as a gourmet chef a lot.
Listen, sometimes using fingers for something other than gaming (like skillfully and quickly pushing microwave buttons with the deft swiftness of a ninja) can be helpful too. You don’t want to get used to the same motions all of the time. Every once in a while, you’ve got to switch it up.
I love playing a variety of games. I really do. I play computer and console games about equally, although I’ll take to the PC if there’s an MMPORG game that I’m particularly into at the moment or really anything that catches my attention. It could be a new game that just came out; that usually takes me out of the mix for a while. The upside is that I may be going out and doing things less, but a lot of the time I’m just spending more time with my friends.
I probably have other things that I could be doing instead of online gaming, but lately, I don’t really have the time to think about doing anything else. I like doing this but sometimes I wonder if kayaking or getting a latte and going to a bookstore (or maybe something like going to a concert) might be more fun and I might have time for it if I weren’t gaming for such a large portion of my free time.
Gaming has been a fun hobby of mine for a like time. I like joining guilds and playing on teams with my friends and discovering Easter Eggs in various games. I love finding cheats and hidden aspects of the game and figuring out the games – some of them are more like puzzles or stories than the traditional games. The video game industry is not only constantly evolving and putting out incredible games, but the games are becoming more sophisticated as the tech advances.
In addition, the talent joining the industry continues to grow, the coding or programming of the games becomes more and more like second nature, the quality of the games advances, and companies are putting more money and more of their profits than ever into their games to make them as graphically and mentally engaging and cool as possible. Does that sound easy to walk away from?
Honestly, at this point I’m not sure whether I can. It’s a fun way for me to relax, but I also enjoy it immensely. All day at work, I look forward to going home at the end of the day and getting myself a drink and a snack and relaxing. I can play for a couple hours, or maybe even an hour (although that happens rarely). I honestly play more than that on a regular basis, though.
I usually play the majority of the time from when I get home to when I go to sleep. I make food, I hydrate, and I take time in between to run whatever errands I have to, like going to the grocery store and doing my laundry. But I usually save those for Saturdays so I can get it out of the way on my day off… and have the rest of the weekend free for video games.
Maybe I’m addicted, maybe I just like my video games. I do it so much it could probably be a career. Maybe I should look into that? It’s not too late for me to go pro. For now, I’m just going to enjoy gaming until I get a girlfriend and she makes me scale it back. I better get my gaming in while I can!