B.M.R. wrote:Do you watch TV? Go to the cinema? LIsten to music? Read books? Paint lead figures? Play chess? Trainspot? Spend time posting on internet forums?
Why? Why are you wasting your time doing something like that when you could be.... err, playing a guitar?
Games are entertainment, like many other things, and like any hobby, if taken to extremes can be a bad thing, but playing games on a regular basis does not constitute "living your life through a screen".
Just because you don't do it or see the value in it, doesn't make it a waste of time.
Be careful up there on your high horses, you might get vertigo.
That said, if you've got time to post up a negative remark on an internet forum concerning a topic you have no interest in, and are quite happy to look down on those who do enjoy said interest and take the time to compose a snippy comment as to why the OP or people who enjoy gaming are wasting their lives, perhaps you should look up the dictionary definition of hypocrisy.
OP : I'd chose the Xbox, but don't bother with any Kinect stuff, it doesn't really work too well and the games are not the best.
Sigh. Whatever. I'm as guilty as the next man for sitting doing pointless stuff and frittering away time I could be spending baking bread and making wicker baskets (I'm joking) but I do try and avoid getting into things that I know will tempt me to waste even more time. Although it's not the wasting time I object to. Yes, chess and crosswords are 'timewasters' but they do hold some value over gaming don't you think? They get the brain synapses firing, they stimulate your brain and concentrate the mind in ways that expand your brains functionality.
I dunno, do you not find that you feel unfulfilled after spending time gaming? That was always my experience after a session on Fifa. I couldn't give a monkeys really what you decide to do with your time but I'm of the opinion that anyone can spend their time more constructively than gaming. For example, I would say that reading a book falls into the 'timewasting' category and it is also a sedentary activity like gaming that mostly involves sitting on the sofa. But do you not find it's far more constructive? Literature is a powerful tool for communicating new ideas, opening the mind to new culture and places. I don't think anyone ever reached emotional highs/lows whilst gaming? It's an emotionally unengaging experience isn't it? Does the experience linger in your mind? Bring you satisfaction?
Anyway, like I say. I'm as bad as the next person for wasting time and I also understand fully the appeal of doing something unengaging like gaming rather than reading a book. I've got plenty of free time but I haven't picked up the novel I'm reading for ages. I have spent ages on Facebook and here though; because it's less demanding on my mushy brain. But I know in the back of my mind that I would be better off reading that book. I also just bought a guitar off ebay as I know that with free time I can learn a skill that will be really rewarding.
If you really do want suggestions here's a hatful. Judge them as you will but you did ask for suggestions. Maybe one of them will appeal to you.
Learn some magic tricks.
Volunteer with the local cubs/scouts.
Learn a musical instrument.
Read up on woodwork and build a basic piece of furniture.
Improve your photography and frame the best 10 pictures you take in a year.
Learn to cook 10 new dishes.
Start helping with coaching a sport you are good at at a local club.
Go and play a new sport like Badminton/Squash/Table tennis.
Read 10 classic novels.
Build a new bike from cheap parts you get second hand or strip down an old bike, clean it and put it back together.
Redecorate a room in your house.
Design a crossword for a friend to do (I did that once it was quite funny).
Anyway, blah blah, here i am getting vertigo on my high horse and being hypocritical blah blah. Have fun. I'm off to look if anyone has replied to my thread about getting a flight to Laos. Cus I'm cool like that and go travelling to broaden my mind blahblah.