Top Ten List: Things That Interfere with Gaming

As someone who holds gaming as a major priority in their life to have fun and cope with daily stressors; here is a list of things (in no particular order) that routinely impede my access to gaming.  I don’t consider these interferences negative by any means and nonetheless they interfere with gaming and some of these would be down right rude and awkward to do while playing a video game.  Let me know in the comments below what gets in the way of your video gaming.

10. Sleep

I am the type of guy that can get by with about 6 hours of sleep and still be quite functional during the day.  I often feel more tired when I get too much sleep so I of course use that to justify late night gaming sessions no matter what is in store the next day.  Sleep is of course important but moderation is important so that you don’t sleep your life away in a blissful slumber.

9. Kids

I have two little ones at home and both are excited to get into gaming and they do dabble in a bit of Lego Dimensions.  But Daddy wants to play games like Halo 5, Destiny and Resident Evil which are not games for children in my opinion.  Playing cars, reading books, riding bikes and watching My Little Pony is all great but I do long for the day when I can cooperatively take down the Covenant forces as Master Chief alongside my two kids as my Blue Team compadres.

8. Eating

Have you ever been so into a game that you suddenly realize the rumble you were hearing was not the rumble pack on your controller but instead your stomach?  So naturally you run to the fridge or pantry to find the perfect gaming snack only to realize there is practically no food that you can eat hands free.  Before panic sets in you remember that your controller is handily equipped with a pause button.  You think all is good in the world once again before sitting down with your snack of choice only to return to 5 angry Raid partners who have been waiting for you to complete the Destiny jump puzzle but now can hear you munching away over the mic.  You’ve let them down and more importantly you’ve let yourself down.    

7. Chores

To name a few; taking out the garbage; dishes; mowing the lawn; getting the oil changed in the car; making my wife cookies because I’m apparently awesome at baking despite eyeballing all the ingredients; changing the furnace filter; killing spiders in the house #manchores; doing my own laundry.  

6. Exercise

Let’s be real, the only exercise I really get anymore is when I play golf.  I would get into running except I hate running.  I would love to get into swimming but I don’t want to wake up early to go to the pool before work starts.  I’ve done some high intensity interval training at home in the last year and could see getting more into that.  I also would like to get one of those exercise bikes that has the monitor on it so it feels a bit like you’re riding on a road course.  Anything to make exercising more like a game would get me to do it more.

5. Date Night

Every couple needs time to keep the spark alive in their relationship.  A wise man from a podcast once said that if you treat a relationship like a bank account and make routine deposits (flowers, dinner, massage, etc.) then when it comes time to making a withdrawal (video gaming) you will have plenty in your account to cover the cost.  I recently helped fulfill one of my wife’s life long dreams of seeing the Backstreet Boys in concert AND I went with her AND it was in Las Vegas.  I practically own the bank now!

4. Other Video Entertainment

I have recently started watching Game of Thrones with my wife and I keep asking myself why I did not watch this sooner.  I also love watching Netflix comedy standup specials.  I am a sucker for crime related tv shows like Forensic Files.  I have even been known to binge watch a season of NCIS over a weekend.  YouTube is another rabbit hole of entertainment all in and of itself.  I can be watching Conan O’brien episodes segments that I have missed and an hour later I’m watching prank videos or fail compilations.  

3. Work

I am a mental health counselor and the nature of my job requires me to be on call to consult others 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.  It is exhausting, often thankless, mentally draining and yet I love it.  I get to collaborate with community partners who help serve the most vulnerable of individuals.  I get to work with a great group of counselors that I supervise and cherish their dedication to the tough work we do.  All of that said, I love coming home and zoning out for a time with video games.  I consider that one of my better coping skills when done with conscious, time limited efforts.

2. Card & Board Games

If you’ve never played Machi Koro, Exploding Kittens, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Catan, Cranium, Sequence, Blokus, Ticket to Ride and many others, please consider this your public service announcement.  Take some time and start playing board games and card games with your family and friends.  As great as video games may be, playing these games at a table and physically interacting with other players is fantastic.  There are some great DIY board game tables out there that can really enhance your experience.  

1. Podcasts

My typical Saturday morning consists of letting my wife sleep in as she is a stay-at-home mother and is with the children all week.  I get up when the kids do, make them breakfast and while they are playing and waiting for their food, I am listening to the Xonebros podcast.  I had previously listened to other gaming podcasts with much more notoriety however I found those to be less about the gaming community and experience as they were merely rating what they played with rather obscure scales.  I have also been listening to the Stuff You Should Know podcast which is fantastic.  Most recently I have been dedicating my listening time in the car, getting ready for work and while doing yard maintenance at home, to docudramas.  The two I am currently listening to is The Black Tapes and the other is Rabbits.  

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my life and the variety of things that take up my time day in and day out.  While gaming is my favorite hobby, family is where my passion lives.  I thoroughly enjoy every moment with my wife and children.  I am fortunate to enjoy the career I have chosen even though it is a rather stressful one.  I am also grateful for this wonderful Xonebros Community to share with and experience the amazing world of video games.

 

Justin Thomas
I love gaming! I love being a Dad to two young children!  I love being a husband!  What's great about my life is I've got kids who are interested in gaming and a wife who understands my need to game. I grew up in the 80's playing Nintendo classics and dabbled a bit with PlayStation before seeing "the light" that is Xbox. I love everything about it and am looking forward to sharing my experiences through the lens of a gamer, dad/husband and as a gamer with a Master's Degree in Psychology. Let the analyzing begin!  

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Justin Thomas

I love gaming! I love being a Dad to two young children!  I love being a husband!  What's great about my life is I've got kids who are interested in gaming and a wife who understands my need to game. I grew up in the 80's playing Nintendo classics and dabbled a bit with PlayStation before seeing "the light" that is Xbox. I love everything about it and am looking forward to sharing my experiences through the lens of a gamer dad/husband and as a gamer with a Master's Degree in Psychology. Let the analyzing begin!