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Posted: Apr 13th 2011 1:45PM Lenn said

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Since you play games for a living (you lucky bastard), does it feel like work when you play for fun and vice versa? How easy is it to separate your weekend gaming from your work gaming?

Posted: Apr 13th 2011 2:02PM Beau Hindman said

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@Lenn I don't. A game is a game, no matter why I am playing them. The only thing that might be different is how you pay attention, or what you do and think while you play. Even then, I try to avoid keeping notes too much or making game playing for work a process. If I start to do that too much, the writing will just become a guide or a series of facts with no opinion. I'm not a robot and I don't like guides. :)

Beau
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Posted: Apr 13th 2011 2:20PM Lenn said

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@Beau Hindman With that attitude you'll probably be able to do this job for the rest of your life. Never a risk of burn-out. Very cool.

Where does your passion for free-to-play titles come from? I've tried quite a few myself, and though a lot of them are really well-made (for f2p games), none of them really managed to hold my attention for too long. I think I once I played Perfect World for about 3 months, which was the longest stint in a f2p game I ever did. Not counting GW, which I still play on occasion.
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Posted: Apr 13th 2011 2:34PM Beau Hindman said

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@Lenn Well, it's not really a passion for FTP games as much as it is for the choice that FTP gives me. All games are the same -- there are somegood and some bad. I never let the payment model steer me away from it.

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Posted: Apr 13th 2011 1:57PM Chaosspeeder said

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I find the idea very good. Even with far less time, it is hard to manage some good games. A scheduling plan can help! Thank you.

Posted: Apr 13th 2011 2:25PM Ocho said

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Here's a suggestion for you, if you, like me, have a hard time remembering what it is your character was doing in any one game, keep an excel spreadsheet or word doc, and when you finish a play session, list what you wanted to accomplish next. Life crafting, exploring, new zone, in-game goals, etc. and this helps to jog your memory, and also acts like a game journal.

But thats a very intensive schedule. How do you think you'll stick to it if, say, theres a Tuesday you can't play Ryzom. On Wednesday, will you shift the schedule so you play Ryzom, or just skip it entirely that week? And what about holidays? Most games holidays need you to play mulitple sessions in a limited time period to get any of the holiday items/titles/etc. If there is a holiday going on in a game, how will it feel to not be able to fully participate in the holiday?

Posted: Apr 13th 2011 2:35PM Beau Hindman said

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@Ocho What you are describing is exactly what I am avoiding, or trying to avoid. Getting too intense about it means that I am going to just turn it into a high-pressure situation. If I play a game and it works out, cool. If not, I skip it for the night.

I will only keep details like that for games that are paying me to play them. I take work seriously enough to do that, but gaming for "fun" is supposed to stay loose.

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Posted: Apr 13th 2011 4:52PM Ryn said

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The only problem I see with this, and I am struggling with this issue as well, is that this type of game play makes you a "Doer of all, Master of none", which is ok if you are fine with not having max level characters or close to high level alts. I am currently trying to decide what games I have time for and what I can afford to have coming out of my pocketbook. Now, some of the games I am deciding between are not F2P, and I want to have 1 Sub game at most. Fallen Earth is calling me hard, and I just found a absolutely wonderful Kinship in LOTRO. I also have a lifetime sub to another game. What a hard life I have!! lol.

I am glad to have so many choices and games calling my attention. I just don't want to end up taking forever to achieve things in any of them. Now, I don't need all the end game gear or any of that stuff, but would like to get a fair amount of progress in. Then again, I think I may be one of those gamers that for so long only logged into the same game every night that I became programmed to do so.

Just when I think I have the answer to my gaming dilemma, something happens that points me in a different direction. I need more hours in the day.

As always, excellent article! Now if Beau could only give me the answer to my gaming issues lol

Posted: Apr 15th 2011 4:07PM (Unverified) said

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Hi Beau, It is SeanRatGoBlue from Twitterland. Guess I should keep my usernames similar but I digress.
Thanks for the article and for waking the echoes. Scheduling is a tough subject and concept for many. I’m a first thing in the morning; knock out a few of the WOW dailies with coffee before work kind of guy. During seasonal events, I forego the cooking and fishing dailies for the seasonal ones in the AM and hit the other dailies in the evening. Return home from work and log into LOTRO which I just started to playing before dinner. Dinner then play with the kids before they are off to bed. Some more gaming before I have to rub my wife’s feet. Yep, every night I rub her feet. WTF?
Here is my #1 dilemma with trying to stick to a schedule … FTP vs. Sub.
Prior to playing MMO’s I would simply go back and forth between PC games, console and handheld games without a care in the world. Then one Birthday the WOW bug bit me and that changed everything.
Now no matter what I am playing I always have this little devil on my shoulder whispering in my ear that I am paying Blizzard a monthly sub fee. Once the MMO bug bites it just owns you!
I went to GW, then to DDO, then to STO. I quit GW and DDO after a month because they were inferior to WOW and I was paying for WOW. Kind of like being married to a supermodel and then dinking the fat girl next door, just because it is a different slice of lunchmeat. I know, bad analogy.
So then I met STO and I buy a super new gaming laptop during launch so I can play it. I was into STO for about 3 months before I just could no longer tolerate paying for such broken ground combat. My days were STO in the morning prior to work and WOW in the evening. Paying for two games meant no handheld or console gaming.
Once I dumped STO, I tried ST Clone Wars but it was not for me. So that went to the waste side. A short time with Fate and that also got tossed because it was too similar to Diablo and Torchlight for my taste . Somehow I managed to finish Starcraft2 single player prior to opening a Steam account. So now my dilemma is when to play WOW, when to LOTR and when to play all my other choices, including consoles, handhelds, Steam games.
I really want to try Rift but what if I like it? Same with Battlestar Galatica Online. Heck, I thought I would stop my VIP LOTRO account after one month and because I want the Turbine points, I think I will keep it. So, again …. DILEMA … two Sub games and little time between work, family and life. Thank goodness for weekends!!!
I know I am all over the board with this but I am suppose to be working. Shhhhh.

Posted: Apr 15th 2011 4:38PM Beau Hindman said

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@(Unverified) Yeh it's hard for me to understand that because I have all the time to play games, to a point. I've been where you're at, though, at other times but I have sort of always had this wandering soul! lol

You are really doing the same thing as me, to a point -- trying to make time for certain games. It's a normal thing, but if it starts to become a hassle I think it's important to pull back a bit so burnout does not occur. That's the hard thing to do. Good luck, and get back to work! lol

Beau
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