Adulthood vs. Being a Gamer


Ah, adulthood. It was so much easier as a kid. School, do homework, maybe a play date, then play some good old videogames until bed time. By my teen years I was throwing in some competitive sports and good old socializing instead of “play dates” as well, but there was still plenty of time for my videogame consoles. It was my way of relaxing when I didn’t feel like reading a book, and I read my fair share of books throughout adolescence.

Heck, even during college I balanced classes, school work, a job, a social life and still managed to rip through games like I was on fire. And then something happened in my mid twenties. True adulthood smacked me right in the face and has yet to allow me to get my bearings. And people born in the 80’s and early 90’s everywhere seem to have the same issues.

Now “issue” may be a bit of a stretch. The fact of the matter is that with adulthood comes getting not just a job, but hopefully a career, a life, therefore gaming time is bound to diminish. But as someone who looks to gaming as thier relaxation time, it can seriously suck major ding dong.

I spend ten  to eleven hours a day on my feet, albeit I do get to work with fuzzy animals all day, so usually I’m exhausted by the time I make it home. I’m lucky if I manage to stay awake for an hour of gaming. Prior to this new job, the last time I  passed out playing a videogame was when I had mono, but now it’s a common occurrence. And that’s if I’m not already in bed by 9 PM. I can’t even imagine people who work longer jobs than I do, or even more draining. Seriously, kudos to anyone working late hours, long hours, etc.

And forget about days off. I swear every day I think my day off will consist of gaming/writing, I’m completely wrong. Grocery shopping, errands, butt tons of laundry, cleaning the house, doctors’ appointments, dog appointments, maybe seeing a friend if I can, etc: that is a day off as anyone will tell you. Today during laundry I managed to sit down in front of my PS3 for an hour, and I had to fight off the drowsy feeling the was overcoming me. Not because the game was boring, but because I’m just tired of the constant go, go, go.

Remember when a game took you days to complete? It can now take me months and its horrifically embarrassing considering it’s now almost impossible to review a game these days, at least any up to date RPG. Tales of Xillia 2 took me six months to complete. I’ve yet to finish Dragon Age Inquisition. And I’ve been making my way through Ar Nosurge for the last two months. I don’t even want to speak about the back stock of games I have.

I can’t even imagine how it would be if I had a family right now. It would probably be bye bye gaming. I literally bow to any of you who are married or have children. When I was still in the retail business, I had one client come in who was about to have a baby. He was stocking up on all the games he could play prior to the birth because he knew that once the baby came his time would be severely limited, despite it already being so from work and his wife. I saw him about a year later after the baby was born and he was just getting back into everything.

In truth, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being an adult is awesome, but sometimes looking back and remembering how simple it was to sit down and play a game as a kid is just nostalgic. I’d give anything for a day of pajamas, pig tails, ice cream and videogames. No cares in the world. But of course none of us are Peter Pan and we must all grow up.

So I must admit to the fact that I’m indeed getting old. I pass out during videogames, and I don’t get to play nearly enough as I used to. I’m an adult gamer and the struggle is real.

How do you balance your adult life with your videogame love?


About Emily Horton

Emily is just your average twenty something girl who discovered her love for gaming at the age of three or four, all thanks to her older brothers. Mario, The Lion King, Aladdin, Zelda were her first loves, but Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Tales, and pretty much all Japanese games eventually fell into that category. She has an unhealthy obsession with Pikachu, hoodies, her 3DS, t-shirts, plushies, and purses. She may also fancy herself as an excellent lawyer due to number of times she has played through the Ace Attorney series. Outside of videogames, she is a Disney, Harry Potter, and Tolkien fanatic, while also recently discovering that she is now a hardcore fan of Supernatural thanks to Netflix allowing her to watch eight seasons rapid fire. She has elvish writing, the Deathly Hallows, a rather large Tinkerbelle and a large Yuna from Final Fantasy X all tattooed on her body, with only more geeky stuff to be added. Currently working on her own fantasy novel, she hopes to publish it eventually once all the kinks are worked out.

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