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Klyde Chroma

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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. :)
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Re: Gaming habits and routines? How do you fine folks get it in?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2016, 09:11:57 PM »
I noticed that I hit a point on games where I... overconsume a particular game and kind of end up hating it.

This is why, lately, I've adopted this approach where I have fourish games in rotation, and I try to force myself to quit playing a certain game for a little bit /before/ I hit that point. Kind of took this after watching a... I think PBG or Do You Know Gaming? video about how f2p smartphone games cut you off (unless you pay more) when you're MOST addicted to keep you addicted. I don't like feeling addicted to games either -- and I think that overconsumption feeling might be /related/, if not totally the same thing as addiction. Maybe this kind of reflexive revulsion when I realize I'm slouching towards addiction -- so yeah, actually wanna stop before that point.

Also I think I probably need caffeine to game properly (or do anything, really). I seem to have some mild ADHD-ish symptoms so idk, the caffeine helps me organize my thoughts enough to feel like I'm playing a game instead of just moving pixels on a screen.
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Re: Gaming habits and routines? How do you fine folks get it in?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2016, 09:35:34 PM »
These days, I play until I'm either satisfied with the amount of hands-on time with the gameplay or until I hit the endgame grind where everything becomes way too long and bloated because escalation is a bitch (the PS2 era in particular was lousy about this). Granted, I do try to come back to a game later on, but only if I really feel like it.
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Re: Gaming habits and routines? How do you fine folks get it in?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2016, 11:04:33 AM »
Being a family man, and having an 8 to 5, really limits the free time I have. So, I pretty much game in snippets, whenever I can break away. It's usually in the evenings a few times a week, although I much prefer to game during the day. Im usually tired in the evenings, so I'm less into it.
I do enjoy playing co-op with fun people, but I mostly play solo. I usually have the lights on/windows open, unless playing a dark/gritty/scary game, of course.
I don't like to play RPGs or other complex/story-heavy games under the influence of anything, but i'll sometimes have a beer or 2, and/or spark one up when playing simpler action/racing games. I try not to eat anything in front of the TV, so I'll usually take a snack break in the kitchen when hungry.

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Re: Gaming habits and routines? How do you fine folks get it in?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2016, 11:51:36 AM »
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Since we moved to our new house, I have the extra space for what is essentially my gaming room.  It has couches, our spare bed, a bunch of gaming related posters on the wall and an entertainment center that I modified so it can house all of my consoles.  The TV is enclosed at the top and I rigged an outlet with a surge protector directly into the (faux) wood behind it.  Then, in the 3 drawers underneath the TV I put all of my consoles (PS3/dreamcast/gamecube/wii/ps2/360) in with their respective games and drilled holes in the back panel so all of the cords can reach the TV from behind.  The only hitch I've run into from this set up is that my TV can only be connected to 4 systems at once (2 HD/1 component/1AV) so every so often I have to get behind the tv to unplug cables which is a pain.  The WORST though is when one of my idiot cats somehow manages to get herself stuck behind the television, FREAKS OUT and ends up ripping out cables and knocking over the TV in order to free herself.  Would love to find a solution to that that didn't involve throwing her into the street.

Co-Op
I tried co-op with WoW/Phantasy Star/Call of Dooty and it's just never been my thing.  The only MMOish game that I ever really got involved in was Gunbound and most of that is just chatting with your friends until it's your turn.

Alcohol
I don't smoke (anymore) and drinking always ends up making me sleepy.

Refreshments
I have to have water with me at all times even when I'm not playing games.  I don't like to eat though because then my hands end up getting messy.

Handhelds
I've actually come around on this.  I used to despise them.  But that was still when my only experience with a handheld was with a GameBoy with no backlighting.  Pretty much anything other than the perfect environment made playing that old monochrome device impossible.  So it was always just easier to turn on my console instead.  But since the Vita is essentially the 2nd coming of christ in video game form (aka if I'd had a hardware developer at gunpoint when I was 11 years old, the device I'd have forced him to produce would be the PS Vita with an ice cream sandwich maker expansion port) it has convinced me to try other things.  So now I own a DS too. 

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Re: Gaming habits and routines? How do you fine folks get it in?
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2016, 06:01:04 PM »
I noticed that I hit a point on games where I... overconsume a particular game and kind of end up hating it.

This is why, lately, I've adopted this approach where I have fourish games in rotation, and I try to force myself to quit playing a certain game for a little bit /before/ I hit that point. Kind of took this after watching a... I think PBG or Do You Know Gaming? video about how f2p smartphone games cut you off (unless you pay more) when you're MOST addicted to keep you addicted. I don't like feeling addicted to games either -- and I think that overconsumption feeling might be /related/, if not totally the same thing as addiction. Maybe this kind of reflexive revulsion when I realize I'm slouching towards addiction -- so yeah, actually wanna stop before that point.

Also I think I probably need caffeine to game properly (or do anything, really). I seem to have some mild ADHD-ish symptoms so idk, the caffeine helps me organize my thoughts enough to feel like I'm playing a game instead of just moving pixels on a screen.

A few notes.

Swapping out the game BEFORE burning oneself out. << this is huge. I've done this for years. The way I do it, is to always play something different on the weekend. I just make it a rule of sorts. Usually its hard for me to put down whatever I got going throughout the week but this strategy his pretty much got me to happily see the credits role on every game I've commit myself to for years.

On the addiction point. I eluded to the fact that I am somewhat comfortable willingly allowing myself to be addicted to games because I see it as the lesser evil (by far) given my history. I disagree with most "specialists" in regard to successfully combating addiction in the sense that sublimation can in fact be a great boon in the battle to achieve stability in ones life in my experience. This is a different conversation entirely though.

Coffee and nicotine have been the first line defense against my ADHD symptoms for years. I know I self medicate for a self diagnosed condition, and if I ever went into milligram/volume of my dosage folks would brand me a liar. This is also something I willingly accept because it works like a freakin' charm and I've not found the need to pursue pharmacutical solutions that will further pervert my already disturbed neuro-network.

These days, I play until I'm either satisfied with the amount of hands-on time with the gameplay or until I hit the endgame grind where everything becomes way too long and bloated because escalation is a bitch (the PS2 era in particular was lousy about this). Granted, I do try to come back to a game later on, but only if I really feel like it.

When you say "endgame grind" and "ps2" all I can do is think of NISA titles and shudder.



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Rig
Since we moved to our new house, I have the extra space for what is essentially my gaming room.  It has couches, our spare bed, a bunch of gaming related posters on the wall and an entertainment center that I modified so it can house all of my consoles.  The TV is enclosed at the top and I rigged an outlet with a surge protector directly into the (faux) wood behind it.  Then, in the 3 drawers underneath the TV I put all of my consoles (PS3/dreamcast/gamecube/wii/ps2/360) in with their respective games and drilled holes in the back panel so all of the cords can reach the TV from behind.  The only hitch I've run into from this set up is that my TV can only be connected to 4 systems at once (2 HD/1 component/1AV) so every so often I have to get behind the tv to unplug cables which is a pain.  The WORST though is when one of my idiot cats somehow manages to get herself stuck behind the television, FREAKS OUT and ends up ripping out cables and knocking over the TV in order to free herself.  Would love to find a solution to that that didn't involve throwing her into the street.

Co-Op
I tried co-op with WoW/Phantasy Star/Call of Dooty and it's just never been my thing.  The only MMOish game that I ever really got involved in was Gunbound and most of that is just chatting with your friends until it's your turn.

Alcohol
I don't smoke (anymore) and drinking always ends up making me sleepy.

Refreshments
I have to have water with me at all times even when I'm not playing games.  I don't like to eat though because then my hands end up getting messy.

Handhelds
I've actually come around on this.  I used to despise them.  But that was still when my only experience with a handheld was with a GameBoy with no backlighting.  Pretty much anything other than the perfect environment made playing that old monochrome device impossible.  So it was always just easier to turn on my console instead.  But since the Vita is essentially the 2nd coming of christ in video game form (aka if I'd had a hardware developer at gunpoint when I was 11 years old, the device I'd have forced him to produce would be the PS Vita with an ice cream sandwich maker expansion port) it has convinced me to try other things.  So now I own a DS too. 

When I moved into my house ( I live alone ) I chose a living room and a bedroom. It was not long until they became Game Room 1 and Game Room 2. Given the nature of my environs and how nit-picky I am about my habits its not wonder I still live alone :)

As for handhelds, I really tried. Owned a DS and sold it. Owned a DS again and sold it again. Owned 3ds and, yep you guessed it, sold it. Owned a vita and well... you get the idea.
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Re: Gaming habits and routines? How do you fine folks get it in?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2016, 09:15:30 PM »
Swapping out the game BEFORE burning oneself out. << this is huge. I've done this for years. The way I do it, is to always play something different on the weekend. I just make it a rule of sorts. Usually its hard for me to put down whatever I got going throughout the week but this strategy his pretty much got me to happily see the credits role on every game I've commit myself to for years.

Hear, hear! This is something that up until very recently, had been a bit of an issue for me. I'd commit myself to one game until I finished it. Often resulting in the aforementioned burnout... I just wanted to get it done, and of course, I'd be glad for it to be over by the time the credits rolled. Then I realized, that is how I feel about chores/errands, too.
I certainly didn't like the idea of gaming becoming a chore for me, so against my initial reservations, I started spreading my precious free time over multiple games. I'm not completing any of them nearly as quickly as I used to, but I sure am enjoying each one much more.


EDIT: On the topic of handhelds, I personally haven't owned one since the good ol' days of the mighty Game Gear. I don't necessarily think of them as children's toys, but I sort of feel that I 'outgrew' them.... Don't get me wrong though, I know they are great for people who use public transportation.
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