This month I turned 36, and it gave me cause to reflect. Not on getting old or stuff like that, because I don't give crap, I mean about games. Of my 36 years, how much of it has been spent gaming? I recently read that the average American kid has gamed about the 10,000 hours by the time they are 18. So I have got to have that beat right?
Well my gaming life started as a kid, around ten I would guess (I can clearly remember the. system and the game but have no idea how old I was). So thats 26 ish years of gaming at varying intensity. At this point in time I would think I spend probably about 25 hours a week gaming (3 to 4 hours of an evening and at least 10 over a weekend). So how much gaming have I done in total then? Well that totals up to 1300 hours a year, though that doesn’t take time off into consideration, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it is closer to 1500 a year. So if we are working on ballpark figures I would guess I have gamed somewhere in the region of 30,000 hours, or to put it another way nearly 3 and a half years.
Wow when I put it like that it sounds like a shit load and I am wasting my life away. Hmm, what else would I do, watch shitty tv shows? Take up golf? No I am perfectly fine about the fact that play a ton of games. I am forced to wonder if anybody other than gamers have an interactive activity that they are so happy and enthusiastic about that they can spend that much time on.
Humm what does seem a shame is all that time and effort put in, and I haven’t really gained any skills that are transferable. Sure I believe that my hand eye coordination is probably better than most, and I genuinely believe that gaming helps keep the brain healthy, active and developing. But nothing I can take into my working life for instance.
Ah well here is to another 30,000 hours.