How Much Time do you spend Deciding What to Play?

Honestly, it depends on the day.

There are times when I know exactly what I want to play. I’ve planned it out, I spend the day thinking about it, I wait for my allotted game time to come into action and bam, there I am playing exactly what I wanted to play.

Then there are days where I have the time to play, and I end up playing nothing at all because I don’t have the faintest idea of what I want to play. I debate all of the games in my head, the pros and cons of each, make up lists on what I would want to accomplish, and before I know it two hours has gone by and it’s time for me to get some sleep.

Tonight is one of those nights.

I started out thinking that I would play some EQ. Make a new character on FV and see how far I could get. Then my mind wandered to WoW and pet battles. Then I thought maybe I’d load up Gwent and play a round or two. 22 minutes have passed by out of the 1.5 hours I get an evening to game and I haven’t loaded up a single one. In fact now I’m here making this blog post and post-dating it to tomorrow (yes, I share my 2 hours of allotted gaming with my time to make a blog post). I wonder how much time I’ve spent thinking about playing a video game only to not have played anything at all.

Anyone else suffer from the same?

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2 Comments

  1. Occasionally, especially if I don’t have very long or if I’m reaching a dead end in my current game of choice. More often for me is the situation of starting to play something only to have another shortcut icon tempting me to swap to something I hadn’t planned to play. Usually there’ll be the subconcious temptation of having recently read about or thought about that other game.

  2. Sometimes. Mostly I do my dailies in GW2 (on three accounts) and by the time that’s done (anything from a quarter of an hour to an hour and a half) I have some idea of what I want to do next. Other times there’s a game I’m focused on and can’t wait to get back to – if it’s a new MMO that can last a few weeks.

    Occasionally I dither but if I find myself doing that I usually log into something and potter about while I think about it. I don’t very often just sit and stare at my desktop hoping for inspiration although I wouldn’t say it never happens.

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