For me, my gaming schedule is fairly predictable and boring. While I’m going through my morning routine before work, I usually log into games to hit up daily rewards (Marvel Heroes) or to reset minigame timers (crew skills in SWTOR).
During my lunch break is when I squeeze in a half-hour to work through the retro games for the weekend posts.
Back before Massively I used to have more time in the late afternoon to game, but not so much these days. Even so, sometimes I’ll get in a half-hour before dinner depending on if the kids are sleeping or otherwise preoccupied.
But most of my gaming time comes after the sweet hour of 8:00pm, which is when the rest of my family heads to bed (my pregnant wife cannot wait for this time). Then it’s a race to get in as much gaming as possible before I start nodding off at the keyboard, which could be as early as 10:30 or as late as midnight.
Sometimes I get a decent block of gaming time on Saturday, my only free day of the week, although I have to make sure that chores and family time gets priority.
So if I was to time it all, I’d say that on an average week, I probably clock in around 16 to 18 hours in MMOs. Maybe 20 to 25 if it’s a really good week with few distractions. It’s not huge, but I do try to make the most of those five or six hours in each title to get as much done as possible and enjoy myself.
I think my pre-kid, pre-marriage self would be somewhat horrified to see that weekly tally. I was probably in the high 50s back in the bachelor era. But I wouldn’t trade all of this for that extra time. I’ll merely look back wistfully.
What about you? When do you play MMOs?