Just feeling a bit overworked after 2 moths back from 6 years of odd jobs and mild suffering as a poor. I've been lucky enough to start turning things around again and have indulged some wants in the realm of video game peripherals but haven't had much time for them as of late working full time. Maybe I just need to try and sleep more to eventually be able to shove more gaming in somewhere... In any case, I've got a treat for you this All Hallows' Eve: F A S T

Edit: Work(Study.)

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Do you work and or game(or other hobby activity) to an amount you're comfortable with?

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Yes to both.
No to both.
Yes to work, not to gaming(hobby.)
No to work, yes to gaming(hobby.)
My crop shall be a fine yield of potato to last me through the winter to come! POTATO!!!~

I'm in this amazing situation where I can't game as much as I want to anymore because my wrists will start hurting after a while and I need them to not hurt too much for work, so that's fun.

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I'm trapped in a never ending cycle of wanting to do the thing but being too tired to do the thing, then it's hours later and I need to sleep for work.

Please end me.

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I had to move from the type of video games I used to play, to more "casual" video games, since I don't have the time/energy for games like Dark Souls anymore :c

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I want to Dunk Souls but I'm so lazy and apparently it's really boring for my brain to just dodge, attack, rinse, repeat.

YET I LOVE HYPER LIGHT DRIFTER, GO FIGURE!?

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well i know what you mean, just work, sleep, wife, outgoing, repeat

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This is my first day to reply as I've been too drained and soul crushed from work to do much of anything, and this is my "Friday" night so I'm looking at my "weekend" with glee.

God save us all.

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I had golfer's elbow for months because i used the keyboard for both work and gaming.. it got better but as a precaution i now use a controller for most games...

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Yeah I thought about switching to a controller as well but... I really don't like playing shooters with controllers and I'm kinda into fps right now .-.

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Have you looked into your ergonomics? Making sure your arms are properly supported, nice right angles, straight wrists and such?

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Well, my work isn't a desk job but all manual labor so that's unfortunately not something I can achieve, even if I tried. So like, while that would work for gaming perhaps, it won't work at work.

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Yeah, it may help to have proper ergonomics at home, but clearly wouldn't solve your issue.

Have you tried physical therapy or massage therapy?

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You need to give your arm more room. The easy fix for me was an enormous mouse pad and matching desk. The Steelseries QCK+ is what I'm on and I could care less the brand, the thing is massive and is of enough quality to be serviceable and functional on the benchmark Razer Deathadder Expert.

Though I also dropped the money on an Elite controller like a dumb ass, so...

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8 hours for rest, 8 hours for work, 8 hours for others (supposedly)
but the world isn't kind enough

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Amen to that.

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8h rest,8h work, 2h commuting, 1h cooking... suddenly that other category gets quite small.

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Yeah, the plague for the US. Commuting that actually takes hours. Luckily in Europe there's little reason to need to commute a very long time unless you're in the biggest cities of the continent.

Though, that 1 hour for cooking's pretty reasonable. It's not like you'll game for 8 hours anyways :D

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Amusing that you say that in response to Fnord, who lives in Sweden. Commuting clearly isn't just a US problem (though boy is it a problem in the US).

And Fnord didn't include the time to eat the food, or get ready for the day, get ready for bed, do daily chores, etc. It's a wonder we find any time to game at all. :)

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Find... time...

O_O

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The city I live near, Stockholm, only has about 1 mil inhabitants, yet it takes me about 40min just to get to the city center. With my previous job, I had nearly 3h commuting per day, and I was not even going from one end to another of the city + suburbs, and it was all time on the subway, so no traveling on congested roads by bus.

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I used to commute 3 hours to school and it was hell. I just slept most of the time with music. I could've been exploited so easily, my dude. Oh well, turned into a 30 minute drive when I finally got the mini-van.

R.I.P. Sheila, she protected me well.

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I used to play Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain like that, 8 hours+ a day like it was my job. After 385hr of single-player gameplay, I woke up to discover my save file was just gone. :D

Over 1 million Heroism and every in-game development item finished...

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8h rest,8h work, 2h commuting, 1h cooking...

1h eating, 1 hour browsing SG, 1h getting ready for the day / bed, 0.5-1 hours doing daily chores, 0.5 hours keeping our mortal bodies from failing... It all adds up, and suddenly you're sitting down to play a game only to notice that it's time to get ready for bed and you wonder where your day has gone.

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Sadly I've kind of solved this by sleeping less :P Insomnia is a pain.

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Oh no, I'm sorry to hear that.

I too have been sleeping less lately, but that's less insomnia and more poor decision making and not wanting to go to sleep when there's a spire that I could be slaying. I mean, it's not going to slay itself.

A family member has a different sleep issue - sleep apnea. It's like the exact opposite of insomnia in that you fall asleep all the time, and yet kind of the same in that you don't get any rest and are always tired. :(

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"Oh hey, it's 4am."

"Oh hey, it's 6am."

"Oh hey, it's 8am."

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That was me last night... still beat Dharkon...

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I speed because I've raced in the past, I'm young and "invincible," and I'm irresponsible in many facets of life, but my commute is pretty quick despite the speeding.

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Well, you can do both. I work 50 hours / week and i have time for gaming.
but to do that I had to sell my family :D

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People only last so long, video games are eternal.

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You know it's a joke right? My family is still close to me <3
But yeah, i work a lot and found time for video games. But no other hobby :(

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I'm not joking.

:|

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Games will last only as long as people play them though.

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And I play them, thus eternal.

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:|

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I'm currently stuck at wanting more time to study bc I play too much stuff T-T

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Gotta set smaller in-game goals so you can take more breaks for responsibilities. You've got this!

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My situtation is the exact opposite. I wish there was more hours in a day so I could actually play without falling behind and feeling guilty.

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I've fallen so behind on my passions with both games and video media... I despise having so little hours in the day.

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I work a lot. I could work less. But I enjoy my work. And my earnings are directly related to amount of work. Gaming suffers.

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Hear, hear!

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The poll should have a study option. I just started at university this autumn and boy oh boy does it make me busy. I barely have time to play anymore.

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Edit made, not sure it will suffice.

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Not seeing it so maybe it doesn't work.
Edit: Nvm I'm blind.

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Aren't we all. ;'T

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At the same time, I only had to deal with university for 5 hours this week.

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I slowly pared down my hobbies almost completely over the years. Work and family will do that. Though I do occasionally game a little with my son and on my Oculus Go. My son is filling up for me, as a Minecraft addict.

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But, Minecraft in VR. D:

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Reading back now, it might not be clear that he's the Minecraft addict. I never played Minecraft.

That said, yes, I'm looking forward to using the Quest Link or Minecraft appearing on the Oculus platforms beyond Gear VR, or something like that. I'm sure my son will love it.

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I try to get time to my hobbys...some days it's not possible at all. Thanks for GA!

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I'm trying to do the same and no problemo!

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I am never that tired to play a game in the computer after all it is for fun, what it bothers me is that i dont have a good pc to game on, haha crazy right ?

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Same Problem here, have an very bad PC.

Pentium 4 with 3 GHz, its the only thing what is good in that crap thing. :D
32 MB On Board Video/Graphiccard
512 MB Memory RAM (Normaly 1 GB, but Stick is damage)
2x 500 GB Harddrives, but 1 i cant use, cause the port is damage.
And Win XP

Thats my Crap System and since Private very complicated, long and sad Story. No Money for buying a better System.

My Librarys getting fuller and fuller trough many things, but cant play them a moment. Hope someday i can, hope someday we are out of that Hell. ;-)

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Well, you're in a position where an upgrade will cost almost nothing. If you are able to buy games then you'll also be able to buy an upgrade for your PC :)

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No, i cant Upgrade this PC, cause the parts are to old and not easy to get, seconds it gets all damage, need a New Board and stuff. So impossible.

You know nothing at all. And with buyng Games, mostly are Traded, Won on Giveaaways, was for Free. So very few what was paid and then if it was a very good Sale. But with that, what it was paid, for that few Games, could never Upgrade or buy a other PC.

My PC and Board getting damage, if port is damage for my second Harddrve and much more. Its waste of Money and if would get parts, more expensive and even, would be still very bad and still couldnt play any of the Games.

So why i should, if i would have Money, waste to try, for Upgrading it? Its like i would burn then Money.

So you want to be smart, want to give Tips, but knows nothing about it here. So better be silent. ;-)

And also dont know our Situation at all, there is no Money for saving or anything.

Im not in any postion, where i could do anything. Or else i would have done that already or do you think, i like how it is right now? For sure not.

Thank you for your kindly help, but if it would be all so easy, i wouldnt have a PC like that. Its harder then you and all others think. ^^

If i Upgrade the PC then, i only get few MB Videocard, its hard to get an 512 MB Card and that is very expensive and very hard to get here in my place. And that is highest Card for it.

I cant fully Upgrade with the RAM either and so on. So wasted Money and since everything gets damage slowly, need whole new Board and stuff.

So better then, if would have, save for a Newer System, what CAN Upgrade and not waste for something, what is impossible. So always think twice, before you do such a thing or else could be wasted. ;-)

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I work two jobs (sometimes three, depending on the time of year), and somehow always manage to find time for gaming.
It's everything else I have no time for. Eating, sleeping, goat rodeo, and belly button lint photography have all had to take a back seat lately.

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wow 3 jobs, thats kinda crazy.

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You lint licker!

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We photograph the lint.
We admire the lint.
We stroke the lint gently.
We speak softly to the lint, reassuring it.
We take the lint to see Disney movies, and purchase Junior Mints for the lint.
We tuck the lint into bed at night, telling it a grand tale of lint of old.

But we never, ever lick the lint.

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scoodily doop dee woop woop wah wah wah

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Last job I had, allowed me to get up later in the morning giving me more time in the evening, but I had an hour to get to the job and an hour to get back home. Trow in eating, some social activity in between and even if I had an odd hour to game, I just couldnt get myself around to it..
I remember opening a game and closing it instantly after realizing I cant concentrate..

Had to move because enrolled in university again. So looking for a job in the city I moved to and while I dont have the job Im trying to enjoy gaming to the max because I just feel like I'll have no time or will to play then...

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I game about 3 hours per week. Sometimes less or none. Occasionally more, for instance when I'm sick - which is not a good trade-off by the way.

I have a challenging job and I'm married and we have 5 small children. My life is full with good things. Less entertainment in my life because it is full of goodness is just fine with me.

I sympathize with those whose lives feel empty and yet they have little time to find enjoyment. That is a very challenging place to be. I suggest, though, that in those circumstances, cramming in more time for entertainment is not a great solution. Working to change the circumstances of your life that you are unhappy with is worth doing. And most of us are not as trapped by circumstance as we think we are.

One of the reasons that people still think gaming is "for kids" is that kids - even college age kids - have so much more free time than working people, family people, etc. And so with all that time, you can fill it with time-consuming entertainment. That's why I played mostly big sprawling RPGs when I was younger and single. And now I play more tactical and puzzle games - really, any games that I can play in hour-or-less sessions - and which I can leave for more than a week and come back to without feeling totally lost.

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I'm lucky with my job. I can work from home, and it's easy (I do video closed captioning. As in I write the captions for videos). And I can work whenever I feel like it. 3am, 3pm, as long as the deadline is met. So it's easy for me to balance work and hobbies thankfully lol

And no, the pay isn't the greatest xD But I needed a job where I could work from home (I take care of my granny).

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Who needs to sleep?

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The weak and the dead.

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Energy, free time, money. Choose two, you can never have all three.

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I like cheese.

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For me, I've got a pretty sweet deal. Around 20h per week on average for university, rest is for whatever else. There are busier weeks where it amps up to 70-80h per week during a crunch period, but I'll take that in exchange for a pretty relaxed time for the rest of it.
The next week will see me be in a school for 6 hours a day, so it's pretty chill. 30 hour week for the coming week and 35h for the next one, so more than enough time to game.

As for not being motivated to play, either you just don't play for a while to get the urge or you force yourself into something and most likely you get hooked and in the mood after playing for like 30 minutes.

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Well, my girlfriend has been away so I've been having more gaming time this month, which really sounds bad when I say it like that.

What I mean obviously is that with a rather crazy work schedule, I usually keep my free time to spend with my loved ones and with my usual insomnia, I usually play/hobby when I should be sleeping.

I hope your circumstances improve and that you manage to sleep some. It really makes a difference. Or so I'm told.

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Happy Cake Day, at least! ;)

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Thank you! Totally missed it. Not sure why I always think it's in November and I got caught again. I'll have a train ready by tonight. Stay tuned :)

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I get home from my shift and want to do a thing but I always end up taking hours to just get myself to the point to be able to do something, then I sleep. :c

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welcome in real life ;) hopefully you will get +1 to time management skills, cheers!

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"If I sleep now, work comes sooner... so no thanks."

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Good luck with finding more time to game. Thank you for the giveaway

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I just need to justify the money I've spent or something. :T

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That's one of my main reasons as to why I don't wanna get a job (the other major reasons being a lack of self-esteem, general dislike of having to interact with people, the crushing pointlessness of doing anything and a teeny-tiny serving of major depression). The only thing I'd ever possibly need money for is video games (which I hardly buy anymore) or a new laptop (for gaming). But both become meaningless if I don't have the time or energy to play video games at all when I'm using up all my time and energy on work.
I tried working as an ""intern"" on an alleged 4 hour work day (thought that was more like 6-12 hours depending on what I needed to do... I'm really bad at half-assing stuff) in some wimpy no-name little programming company in my city for barely above-minimum-wage pay and it was hell. 3+ months of barely any time for video games. Felt like crap the entire time and for a long time afterwards.

Sorry, got kinda rant-y there. I'm afraid I don't have a satisfying answer to your question. :/

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The only thing I'd ever possibly need money for is video games (which I hardly buy anymore) or a new laptop (for gaming)

So I take it you got a roof over your head and food on the table regardless, good for you.

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Living with my parents... so, yeah.
I don't really consider those a good justification to be forced into a job that I hate doing. If I have to sell my life away to a job (because "Everyone does it!") in order to... keep on living (food, etc) like that, then I'm better off dead.

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Don't overwork yourself! If you do, you'll feel like crap and still not have any time for gaming! :(

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Really trying not to. I do have a friend now for Smash at least one day a week, I was whooping as Young Link. ;T

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Work full time and game a lot in my spare time. Personally I don't think 40hrs/week is a good work/life balance. I'd go for 6 hours/day or 4 days/week as a good balance, but of course it'd have to come without a pay decrease. I recall reading that this is overall beneficial and doesn't reduce productivity, but I doubt it'll catch on,

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It's lucky to find jobs that grant you that these days, heck most want you to just work overtime.
Though some grant you 36 hours which you can cram in 4 days.

Sidenote like 100 something years ago? it was perfectly normal to work 10 hour days, even sundays, compared to that we don't even have it that bad.

A lot of people have sleep issues, get forced to wake up early, and yeah loses productivity.

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Yeah I find that kind of mind boggling. I imagine you'd be used to it if that's all you've ever known, but there's no way I'd be able to do that.
Agree with the sleep issues too, I'm really not a morning person. Thankfully given my field (I'm a software engineer) I can adjust my hours a bit, but I could definitely do with getting more sleep :P.

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It's never enough (for both). However, it strongly depends on working and gaming circumstances. Sometimes I don't want play at all, sometime I want play all day. Same for the work.
Hope you can tune your routine :-)

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Don't get a wife and kids then it's really bye bye free time.

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Too expensive. :C

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Unless your wife loves gaming also

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My friendo Nick's wife Addy is a gamer and they couldn't be happier together. ;T

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I work too much, stress even more, and do anything fun less than little.

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All stress and no game makes me something something...

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