Will you regret gaming on your deathbed?

by on March 27, 2013


“I can’t believe I spent all that time playing WoW.”

If you haven’t heard those words from an evangelical ex-WoW player, you’re quite unusual. Gaming seems, for a lot of people, to occupy the same mental space as smoking – a shameful habit that provides endless fodder for self-congratulation if avoided. But unlike smoking, is that actually a reasonable way to look at games?

I’d imagine most of us would say not – but why? For that we have to turn to Syl’s excellent dissection of the subject, in which she recounts an encounter with an evangelical ex-WoWer, and just why she felt he was so very wrong:

“Sometimes I still wonder, in a brief moment of desperate frustration, how long is it gonna take? How much more established do videogames need to become in contemporary, western culture to be regarded just as any other hobby out there that isn’t necessarily making “financial profit”(?) That isn’t productive on a first-glance or physically tangible level (tangible on many other levels though). Heck, some hobbies are actually downright detrimental to your health and wellbeing and even those are more accepted than gaming. It’s nuts.

Read the rest of The Deathbed Fallacy.

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Kurn March 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Interesting subject. I don’t regret the time I spent playing WoW. However, I am a little incredulous that I HAD all that time to spend playing WoW in the first place. My life is very different now than it was when I started playing. It’s even quite different from when I stopped playing.

But I will never regret downing Vashj with my guild. I won’t ever regret doing the 45m Baron run in 39m with my hunter’s cat as the tank. I won’t regret downing heroic Spine and heroic Madness.

The time I spent playing was, for the most part, among friends and people whose company I enjoyed and respected (barring a period of time during Wrath of the Lich King), tackling complex puzzles with many moving parts in the form of raid bosses.

I can’t believe I DID spend all that time playing WoW, because I don’t see how it could fit into my present life, but the disbelief doesn’t stem from regret. (Unless you count the several hours I spent doing Mists of Pandaria dailies between launch and when my subscription expired. That was a huge waste of my time. ;) )

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