Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

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Treating the Game Like a Job 2

2 days ago, I attended my family's reunion dinner for Chinese New Year. For the first time, some of my cousins brought their children, and I am going to have to get used to being called "uncle", lol!

It reminded me of the passage of time, and somehow, of Panda who left a few days ago.

I told my parents I am not interested in relationships for now. I have a lot more things I want to do first, in my career and my personal life.

But one day, I too will have a family of my own, and chose them over this game (and many other things). One day, I won't have the physical or mental dexterity to play my job effectively in Savage any more. One day, the servers will shut down for the final time. One day all of this will end.

That is fine, nothing lasts forever. However, it's a reminder that our time in this game is actually something precious and finite, and we should treasure it.

Sometimes I hear people say that we should not treat the game like a job. The assumption seems to be that a game is unimportant in the grand scheme of things, and does not deserve much time and effort.

I don't agree. I think there are some things you can only afford to do when you are young and relatively carefree. Spending all day playing an MMO is one of them, and you should treasure the opportunity when you have it.

Before you know it, life will pull you away and saddle you with all kinds of responsibilities, and the times when you could have the whole day all to yourself will be long gone.

Leisure time - time spent on yourself, alone, not on your job, partner or family - is among the most precious commodities in our modern world. If you ask me, it only makes sense to treat it seriously, with respect.

Of course, it is possible to take a game so seriously that you lose sight of how it brings you joy in the first place. And even young and relatively carefree people still have vital responsibilities in real life that they should not neglect, because they interfere with your ability to continue enjoying life in future.

However, I don't think one can argue that it is inherently bad to play the game with passion, to play with all your heart and treat it seriously.

One day, you won't be able to play this game any more. And when the time comes, surrender it gracefully. Leave the game behind without regrets, and treasure the memories you made.

And if someone tells you that you wasted your life, remind them:

If you enjoyed the time you wasted, then it is not a waste of time.

Comments (8)

Lalli Physalis

Sargatanas (Aether)

Ahh I have that shiba inu panel saved on like 3 different devices! It's a good reminder to make time for some actual leisure in my life. IRL I'm a very stereotypical overachiever type and I often find it hard to just like... do fun things cause they're fun. The results aren't great a lot of the time - I half-ass rest and relaxation out of guilt, and then I half-ass work out of exhaustion/frustration.

But it's better to give yourself fully to whatever you're doing. I just need to work on that x)

Annabel Ashcroft

Faerie (Aether)

"I think there are some things you can only afford to do when you are young and relatively carefree. Spending all day playing an MMO is one of them, and you should treasure the opportunity when you have it."

I had to laugh at this.

At 52, married, and with a family and a house, I have FAR more time to play then when I was in my 30's and single. ;p

Back then my job was harder and I had a VERY busy social life. Now I have a easy job and do not do much socially, so have more time to play.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

I totally understand that feeling, Lalli. It's very tempting to ruin our own leisure time, e.g. by repeatedly checking work email. Or, sacrificing our leisure activities in favor of work, or other "productive" pursuits. Video games are not the only sacrifice, often sleep is given up too. In the end, it's up to us to respect our own fun and rest as something important, worthy of our full attention, haha.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

That sounds amazing Anna, to have an easy job that allows you to play while at work! Indeed, I have also heard of some older players (such as retirees, whose children have left home) that they actually have a lot of time to play as well.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

But even if that is the case for me in future, I think by then I will not have the physical and mental skills to play well.

It's possible that I may only have a short window of a few years during which my abilities, life circumstances, and the course of the game's development coincide, and I am lucky enough to do high-end content.

Felsea Stryfe

Lich (Light)

haha!! naa. from the perspective of 10 years married. 2 kids under 4, one due in 2 weeks, maybe 3. working fulltime and all of the good stuff that comes with being a dad and husband and gamer and writer and Gym-rat. there is more here than any mmo. if done well, with intentionality, balance is achievable, no matter the amount of stuff you collect along the way. But I know I'm a different breed. you can actually do anything with the family you gain, you just need to be prepared to be wise beyond

Felsea Stryfe

Lich (Light)

the culter.

just remember my friend. I'm in the thick of life right now. and we have both taken Titan for all he is worth ^^. you just may need to wake up an hour or two earlier to get that extra thing done. you tiops m'man keep it up. My advice is save money, and dont buy a house till you find you life long Love!! the

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Kahori Harukawa

Coeurl (Crystal)

Live life without regrets. That's what I do, no matter the situation I am in.
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