I was planning out a schedule the other day, and I got to thinking about all the time I spend writing and thinking about video games. The reality is, more often than not, I don’t play them as much as I write about them, and that strikes me as odd.
I was further thinking about this topic when it came to gamers with children, and wondering how on earth they find time to play. With all the real-life responsibilities out there, how anyone finds time to play games is sort of amazing.
But this thought morphed into a question I asked myself: what would I be doing if I wasn’t playing games? What would I be doing if games weren’t such a huge part of my life?
Answer: I couldn’t really imagine not playing games. And I have a pretty spectacular imagination.
But if, if I had to, these may be some areas I’d be devoting more time to.
The image above is of my piano, Frances. As a gift to myself for playing for 20 years, we procured that lovely baby grand. Sometimes Frances is a he, and sometimes a she, but he/she is always Frances. I don’t play nearly as much as I used to, or even as much as I should (and I shy from the term “should”), but I always mean to play more. It’s a lovely experience, and I could do better to bring it about more often.
Which brings me ’round to wanting to learn how to play the guitar properly. I keep eying the Rocksmith game for PS4, as I’ve only ever heard great things about it.
Somehow games creep back in there.
This is my bike, Wilford Brimley. I adore it, and I love riding it. However, I find that I don’t ride as often as I’d like or, again, “should.” It is easy to blow this one off by saying the area where I live isn’t terribly safe for bicycles (which is true), but I can always ride on the sidewalk (and I do), and I could always shove the thing in the car and get to a more bike-friendly place.
I hear fresh air is good for you.
Speaking of fresh air, I’d like to go to the darn beach! My partner and I have lived in Southern California for seven years and I’ve been to the beach exactly three times. One of those times it was already dark, so I didn’t even really see much of it. I adore water (and I adore water in games), and I would love to haul myself to the sand to enjoy the nature we have available here.
This brings me to another game-related point: I love tropical locations in games. In a big, all about it, way. Going to the beach would be just like that, except real and itchier because of sand.
I love dancing. As I wrote about last Friday, I used to go nearly every weekend, but after we moved to California, it just wasn’t as convenient (location-wise) to go anymore. I miss this terribly. If I wasn’t playing games on the weekends, I’d love to be on the dance floor.
Yes, that’s me.
If I weren’t so focused on getting through challenging sequences of games, perhaps I’d have more time to make faces like this.
And certainly, the dearest area of interest to me (aside from games, obviously) is musical theatre. My life used to be filled with musical theatre, and it is devoid of hyperbole to say I miss it every day, all day. Not doing it feels wrong, and yet I’ve now been away from it for a decade. Where does the time go? What do we spend all those years doing?
The answer is rarely simple.
After thinking about each of those topics, I realize there is always still time to do them, gaming or not.
That is both a wonderful, and daunting, prospect. I think I needed to write that even just to remind myself that if we want things badly enough, we can make those things happen.
So I ask each of you in sincerity: what would you do if you weren’t playing games? Or larger still, what do you want to be doing that you currently aren’t? I would very much like to find out.
I think we can all motivate each other.
I’ve had enough of how the internet and social media can make us sad. In my own small way, I’m trying to turn it around.
And I’d love to start by finding out what motivates the gaming community.