What does a regular day look like for a gamer? Tricky topic, I’d say. I can’t really say that what I do is what every other gamer is doing. I think there are many things different gamers do differently. Even in gaming, you can notice how different players have their distinctive approaches or ways of doing things.
In my case, I do have some sort of routine. Of course, I don’t do the same things over and over again. They’re just like an overview of what you can expect me to do with my regular gaming life in most days, from AM to PM.
Waking Up and Preparing for Work
Yes, I am a gamer but I do have a day job. Unfortunately, I have not achieved that level of being a professional gamer yet. I still need my job to sustain my gaming. I have to admit that I really want to be a professional gamer but I am not that confident yet. The setup I have for now works and I get to enjoy just enough time to play.
I usually wake up at 6:00AM to 7:00AM for during workdays. Of course, it has to fit into my 9-to-5 work schedule. Unlike before, when I was still a “full-time gamer,” morning didn’t start until 12:00 noon. This means that the day used to not end before 12:00 midnight. Apparently, this is the schedule that works for most first-time gamers.
I’m the responsible type so as much as possible I really make sure that work time is purely work time. I may occasionally check on some game updates but I always try to prevent myself from infusing anything gaming-related during work time. After all, I can’t have anything to support my gaming lifestyle without this job.
Well, lunch and snack times don’t count as work time. That’s why I lift my self-imposed restrictions on having my gaming affairs during these periods, even while I’m still at my workplace. During lunch, I go online to check for updates, chat with some gaming buddies, or do some gaming research. Yes, there’s such a thing as “gaming research” in our clique.
I know that gaming can’t be fun if you do it under a 30-minute limit so I don’t bother connecting to a game during lunch or some other free time at work. Well, there are exceptions like massively multiplayer online RPG games that can be played continuously without having to attend to the game all of the time. In general, though, I prefer not doing any game when I am not at home, when I am not in front of my reliable gaming machine.
Going home and preparing to play.
Then excitement builds up. Home is where the gaming is. I always look forward to the opportunity to play a game at home everyday. This may sound obsessive and compulsive to some but I pay no mind. This is simply what being a gamer is about. There’s always that burning desire to be in front of a computer to play.
Play like there’s no tomorrow!
Play time usually lasts at least two or three hours. I do maybe 2.5 hours of gaming on average. There are times when I just don’t play and I just watch others playing or enjoy some great replays posted on YouTube. There are also instances when I almost don’t sleep when there are fun competitions to participate in.
Whether I play my favorite game (which is Star Craft 2 by the way), or simply playing games from my mobile device, I have a BLAST playing the games!
I guess that’s one thing that makes a gamer different than others. While most people find playing these games to be just “OK”, real gamers have a more fulfilled or a different kind of joy when playing games.
Not everyday is a gaming day for me although I rarely let a day pass not doing something gaming-related. There are gaming-related activities I also do when I have the time. These include watching game replays, hopping from one gaming forum to another, and having long chats with gaming friends.
Also, there are times when I conduct meetings with my teammates, especially when we participate in some online gaming tournaments. We have discussions and sharing of strategies and insights on how to proceed with group plans. In some cases, I also have to help other players who are new to our team.
That’s pretty much how I spend a regular day in my gaming-centered life. To some, things may seem repetitive but they’re actually not. Everyday, there’s something new to explore, something great to experience. Maybe it’s just a matter of perspective but I am certain that a gaming geek’s day is never boring and is usually not lacking in interpersonal interaction.