As a dedicated gamer, chances are you might be spending a little more time around the table or in the virtual world fighting dragons and building empires than you do… I don’t know, exercising or ensuring that your own house is in order. You might be having more fun living in the dystopian future of The Surge or perfecting your latest deck for your favorite CCG. But if you keep let things slide in the real world, it can become a problem.
If you want to have a great time gaming and enjoying life in the real world, too, then you need to get your gaming-life balance right. Here are a few things that could help you to do just that:
Cut Down on Time Consuming Titles
If you want to get fit in the gym, spend more time with your significant other, or make more time for your other hobbies, then it might be time to cut down on the biggest time-sucks. Instead of sitting down for a 3 hour Imperial Assault campaign, maybe find engaging filler games that you enjoy for 20 to 30 minutes. You’ll find that these might hit the table more often than some of your larger box games.
Be Inspired by Your Favorite Characters
If you love playing video games like Horizon Zero Dawn, instead of spending all of your time firing virtual arrows, why not invest in the best starter compound bow and start firing arrows in the real world? Or if you love fantasy RPG’s, why not take up fencing at your local club? That way you can experience the thrills and spills of your favorite titles while actually getting fit and meeting new people.
Exercise With a Theme
Zombie-themed games aren’t the most creative genre, but if you’ve ever played Dead of Winter or Zombicide, you know they are a ton of fun. Using apps like Zombies, Run! or Superhero Workout will jumpstart your exercise goals. All you need is a smart phone, some headphones, and these apps which are generallyare less than $5. Exercising will never be the same again.
Go to Gaming Events
Gaming events and conventions are becoming more popular, which is good news because it enables you to combine your passion for gaming with socializing and meeting new people. If you head to a gaming convention this year, you’re sure to get in a ton of walking as you check out the hottest games and publishers. Do less of your gaming at home and more of it out in public with other people, and you’re sure to have a much better time.
Schedule Your Time
If you have a million priorities, of which gaming is only one, then you need a schedule. Take a real good look at your priorities – work, relationships, and gaming – and work out how much time you really need to dedicate to each and then schedule it all. That way, you’ll know exactly what needs to be done and when, and you’ll be less likely to overindulge in gaming to the detriment of everything else, and you won’t feel so bad about actually sitting down to play when you do!