I am a 30 year old with a full time office job. I’m also drawing a webcomic on the side and trying to build a (potential) career in digital art. Playing video games is one of my favorite ways to unwind after a busy day. The problem is, when I get into a game, I REALLY get into it. I have limited free time, and my obsession with the game can crowd out activities that are more important to me, like working on my art. Obviously some of this problem can be solved by working on my own time blindness and willpower, but I’d still like to know: Can you recommend some games that are easier to walk away from than others? And do you have any strategies for moving around while playing new games?
— Lost in the lands in between
Well, Lost in the Lands Between, that’s a tricky question! When I’m immersed in a game I love, I also have a hard time breaking away from it. And although I work professionally in the video game industry, it can often be difficult to justify playing games that are a waste of time, as I also have to report and write and find time for other hobbies like painting and reading. It’s still in the works for me too. But I have some strategies and play recommendations that have made things easier for me – and they might work for you, too.
When my life is particularly busy (read: hectic), I try to stick to games that are easy to get in and out of. i found this citizen sleeperwhich I briefly mentioned in a previous Love Polygon is excellent for this as the game works in rapid cycles that serve as natural bookends for a session. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s revenge can work similarly: the levels are fast (about 10 minutes each) and are perfect for short breaks between tasks.
Although it takes place in a large open world, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is also perfect for this type of staccato rhythm. I can break up the game naturally, breaking up game sessions into individual field trips to collect Pokemon, and creating this simple save point to turn off the game once I’ve returned to camp and updated the Pokédex. Did you try neon white? Its seamless platforming and shooting is basically tailor-made for fast-paced sessions, assuming you’re not repeatedly trying to beat your friend’s low time on the leaderboards. Finally I against all odds at last got in Fourteen days. Its no-build mode has eliminated one of the most intimidating factors of multiplayer gaming, and it’s easier than ever for me to play a round before getting back to painting.
However, I understand that none of these games are particularly similar to the games you mentioned in the form of Dear Polygon. you listed elden ring, and it struck a chord. It’s that kind of games, like The Witcher 3 and The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivionthat really suck me in and make it harder to muster up willpower when it comes to my time management. Lately, I’ve found that putting these games aside until I know for sure that I’ll have plenty of free time to lose myself in their worlds helps – times when I’m okay with my other Hobbies fall by the wayside. I think it’s reasonable to have ebbs and flows in this regard, but I’m always careful that it doesn’t stay like this forever.
Another thing that has helped me manage all of my various hobbies while maintaining a full-time job is actually really boring. i plan things
It’s really against my nature as someone who likes chaos and spontaneity – but it works. Now my schedule is still loose and I break it often. But only to have Having a schedule helps me get started and takes away the indecision when it’s time to actually jump into a new book or video game. For example, I use the few hours before work to paint and draw in my sketchbook. That’s when I naturally feel most creative and look forward to painting. And of course, if I don’t feel like it on certain mornings, I don’t do it. And that’s okay. My lunch breaks are a perfect opportunity to work my way through a book I’m reading so I can use the time after dinner to play video games.
It’s by no means a strict schedule that I to have stick to it every day. But creating a loose timeline that hobbies naturally fit into has been immensely helpful in keeping up with the things I love. A bit of planning combined with games that allow you to walk away happy could do wonders until your next vacation – at which point you can dive into the next open-world game without any distractions.