I used to play back in the 8 bit era. It was fun, but I spent a lot more time with friends, family, the school band, things like that. Games have always left me feeling a little empty afterwards.
Today, I got up and played with the cat for a bit before taking a shower and going to work. At work, I chatted with and had a few laughs with co-workers, got a lot of stuff done, then stayed late and got some discovery out just under the wire. Bosses happy.
Had some dinner at a restaurant I frequent - the staff is great. Now I'm at the bar. The bartender brought me a beer when she saw me come in. Five or six friends are here. Handshakes, hugs and pecks on the cheek with a few, and the USC v, Oregon basketball game is on. I've done a little cleanup here at Head-Fi and am going through a few posts.
Later, I'll head home get the laptop and cat on the sofa, and catch up with PMs and read some news, then listen to an album before going to sleep.
I've socialized with over 25 people, got some work done, had a couple of drinks, made the cat happy, and have had fun. Saturday brings a family party and I might drive down to the desert since it's a long weekend.
These are the things that I enjoy and it all has benefits for others, too. Spending a few hours with a console or computer wouldn't do that. The cat would not be pleased, either. She often gets on the laptop to remind me where my priorities should be.
Maybe it's a generational thing. I remember life before the Internet and video screens were everywhere. The parents took us to neighborhood parks and the beach constantly. We were encouraged to see friends after school. We actually were turned loose early on, as well. I think I got a bike around seven and was let loose, unsupervised, to roam the city with friends as long as we were back before dark.
It seems like kids are supervised and structured to death today. People would never turn a ten year old with a bike loose for several hours after school. Maybe if you're constantly watched gaming is a good outlet. I don't know, society has changed a lot.
But if I'm going to waste a little time, I like doing it over a beer and making small talk. I could run lots of games on my computer, but I'd rather come here and exchange with others. And I get a lot of amusement from a cat with a ball of paper.