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First post, by Muz

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Is gaming a waste of time?

Reply 2 of 49, by gaffa2002

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Why such obsession on being productive all the time?
Wasting time sometimes is a good thing. That's what entertainment is for and without it life would be meaningless.

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Reply 3 of 49, by Zup

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Does it any good for you?

It could be money, fun or sanity (sometimes games helps me to heal some mental wounds). If so, you're not wasting time.

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Reply 4 of 49, by Brawndo

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I work full time and support my family, pay all the bills and do all the adult stuff. People need hobbies and vices as a mental break from life. For me and many others, video games is one of those things. Am I being productive when playing video games? Absolutely not. But that's not the point. It's an escape from the mentally exhausting realities of life, and it's temporary. I don't feel the least bit guilty for indulging when I have the time. If you're a productive member of society, you shouldn't either.

Of course if you're an adult living in your mom's basement, that's different and maybe video games shouldn't be a priority.

Reply 5 of 49, by imi

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is fun a waste of time?

apart from that, gaming also taught me about computers from a young age, and a lot of english language skills before I even had it in school, so no, no it isn't.
games also train your senses, and if it's educational titles they can also teach you about a lot of other things, and being playful about it often helps.

Reply 6 of 49, by Repo Man11

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As the man said...

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"A lot of times when you first start out on a project you think, This is never going to be finished. But then it is, and you think, Wow, it wasn't even worth it." - Jack Handey

Reply 7 of 49, by Jo22

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Maybe, at the end of the journey, the way we lived is of higher importance than what we accomplished in life.

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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel

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Reply 8 of 49, by DosFreak

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A great man once said "Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so"

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Reply 13 of 49, by creepingnet

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Not to me, it's an escape, trying to get these bloody games working is an education I can apply to other things. TO me it's actually a little productive though mostly just entertainment. Also, it's a good way to waste time without having to invest a lot of time into the games when it comes to the old stuff. I can plop down and play Tetris or Wacky Wheels for 15 minutes to burn up some time and escape between tasks. That's how I live without going entirely insane.

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Reply 14 of 49, by darry

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Muz wrote on 2022-07-18, 16:39:

Is gaming a waste of time?

That depends on how one defines "a waste of time" and, more importantly, what one consider as "worthwhile" in life .

If you can define the above, you should be able to answer your own question .

Best of luck on your upcoming epic quest for self-discovery .

Reply 15 of 49, by zyzzle

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Not in small doses and / or playing small, self-contained games. We all need a break once in a while, and small games provide it very well, can even be a healthy outlet at times. The megaworld, ridiculously extravgant and "realistic" games of today, which intentionally have a paywalls in order to complete? Yes, they're a waste of time and of money, and are probably leading to wastage of human resources and capital in general.

Reply 16 of 49, by darry

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zyzzle wrote on 2022-07-19, 01:41:

Not in small doses and / or playing small, self-contained games. We all need a break once in a while, and small games provide it very well, can even be a healthy outlet at times. The megaworld, ridiculously extravgant and "realistic" games of today, which intentionally have a paywalls in order to complete? Yes, they're a waste of time and of money, and are probably leading to wastage of human resources and capital in general.

I play games to mostly to escape reality, including financial constraints. I have zero interest in playing a game that would make me spend real money on virtual crap. My perspective may change when fully immersive games that are practically indistinguishable from reality allow me to seamlessly experience a believable virtual world, matrix-style . Until that happens, anything with in-game monetization is essentially over-promising while under-delivering .

Reply 18 of 49, by dr_st

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For me, web forums such as this are a MUCH bigger time waster than gaming. I wish I played more, and browsed less.

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Reply 19 of 49, by creepingnet

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darry wrote on 2022-07-19, 01:52:
zyzzle wrote on 2022-07-19, 01:41:

Not in small doses and / or playing small, self-contained games. We all need a break once in a while, and small games provide it very well, can even be a healthy outlet at times. The megaworld, ridiculously extravgant and "realistic" games of today, which intentionally have a paywalls in order to complete? Yes, they're a waste of time and of money, and are probably leading to wastage of human resources and capital in general.

I play games to mostly to escape reality, including financial constraints. I have zero interest in playing a game that would make me spend real money on virtual crap. My perspective may change when fully immersive games that are practically indistinguishable from reality allow me to seamlessly experience a believable virtual world, matrix-style . Until that happens, anything with in-game monetization is essentially over-promising while under-delivering .

Same here. I even quit with AdItUp to save on the phone bill (for the most part) because all these bloody mobile games have a friggin pay-DLC and a paywall. Paywall for what's basically a glorified Tetris Clone or some stupid mobile game that was a fun time waster 10 years ago without DLC and paywalls but now is a irritating nightmare of constant nagging from the notification center on my phone while I'm trying to work - meanwhile, every time I fire up the thing, it's like "Pay $4.99 for our VIP Package - 20 ruples, 98 lives, 32 team mates" "Come and earn 10 Ruples if you rope a friend into this pathetic attempt at a cash grab" then "You have 10 days to play our paywalled "special" levels and earn 50,000,000 ruples".....uh.....this sounds a lot like a Casino game....I have a friggin casino down the street if I want to subject myself to that kind of self-lnflicted torture with minimal payout.

dr_st wrote on 2022-07-19, 08:38:

For me, web forums such as this are a MUCH bigger time waster than gaming. I wish I played more, and browsed less.

That's what I've been trying to do, but gaming is a 15-30minute at least activity while forum posts are like a couple minutes here and there when I have a moment to kill or am waiting for something to complete.

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