Gaming is a sacred element of my agenda. Our gaming environments and whatnot has been something we've touched upon briefly in this community before but I'm curious to explore the topic further.
From your habitat, to your preferential time to play, to any individualized rituals or habits you incorporate I'd love to hear how everyone else "games".
I think this is interesting nowadays because there are so many options and avenues. Between platforms, portability options and hardware I imagine one individuals time spent gaming could be vastly different than the next's.
Naturally, I'll start.
ENVIRONMENT- I prefer it dark, with my television backlit and ash tray comfortably accessible (I chain smoke like a loser) sitting far closer to a large screen than any optometrist would recommend.
TIMING - I am NOT a morning dude. When I wake I will occasionally get a brief session in because I can't animate for the day ahead yet but I prefer to game late after the days work has ended. I am very active individual who travels on foot anywhere from 6-15 miles a day on top other laughable ways I abuse my physical self and NOTHING feels better to me then finally sitting after that with a controller in my hands.
COUCH CO-OP or CO-OP in general is not for me -- Never been a fan, tried some online multiplayer over the course of the last year or two and ultimately know, with certainty, I'm a single player Ninja through and through. Friends/acquaintances who game have been offended by this.
INEBRIATION -- This might be a weird one, but I never liked gaming under the influence of anything even 10 years ago when I was highly addicted and drug-addled. Anything that compromises my ability to recall my game-time pisses me off. This point can go on to include that I turn off my phone when I game and lock my doors to minimize distraction. ANECDOTE I think this point seriously was an important element in me giving up chemicals many moons ago. I filled my time with gaming I wanted to catch up on and it quickly became a part of my adult life that, dare I say, replaced drugs for me.
REFRESHMENTS -- No food or beverage while I game. It is another distracting element to me. I do however chew the hell out of nicotine gum while I chain smoke and find it vastly increases my ability to focus.
NO HANDHELDS-- Always hated em. Obviously their intended use doesn't jive with some of the aforementioned points I've made about my preferences. Nuf' said.
PERIPHERALS, HEADSETS and BELLS AND WHISTLES -- Good sound is a must for me, however I get it (headsets or speakers). My preferential controller for all things is the Dual Shock 4, which makes the best PC gaming pad I've ever used (love that I can use the touch pad as a my mouse). I can't stand motion controls or really anything extra that a standard controller.
Think that about cover it. Looking forward to get some insight into how others enjoy their game-time. :)