Weekend Open Forum: Your worst gaming habits

By Matthew ยท 65 replies
Feb 3, 2012
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  1. I was a competitive Counter-Strike player for a number of years. Part of one of the best UK teams, so that required me to put in upwards of 12 hours a day. 6 hours of warming up then 6 hours of clan matches. I don't regret those days at all though. To be at the top of your game, having a team depending on you and then delivering when it counts? Doesn't matter which medium you're doing it through, it's just a satisfying feeling.

    As for shameful gaming moments? WoW takes that. I had days where I woke up and only left my room to quickly eat something or use the bathroom. At least with Counter-Strike there was the competition aspect, but WoW was nothing but a time sink, with very little reward.
  2. Wiggum

    Wiggum TS Rookie

    I started with DAOC, did some WOW, AION, and some others. I would play 6am to 7am go to work and come back at about 3pm. I would play from 3pm until 1-2am. I did this all week. Weekends I would play for 20 hours+ a day. I started calling in sick from work in order to play. I stopped going out with friends and dating. I did this for 10 years. I got so lazy with real life I started throwing my bills in a pile. Many of the bills I never paid. Many went into collections. I had an IRS tax lien because I didn't do my taxes for 5 years. I did do the taxes finally and got the lien removed, and I paid my bills.

    I decided two years ago to quit playing video games all together. I deleted all my accounts. I gave all my in game items away and went cold turkey.

    Two years later I do miss the MMORPG games and I miss my in game friends, but real life had to come first. I came to the conclusion that I have an addictive personality and have to stay away from the online gaming. Up until recently I did play some Xbox and ps3 games but I was able to just walk away from them as I didn't play them online. I have since sold both machines as I just am bored with gaming now. Will I go back to gaming one day? I imagine that I may play some console games, but my MMORPG days are over.
  3. MCJeeba

    MCJeeba TS Rookie Posts: 19

    I put about 4,000 hours into Final Fantasy XI in about 10 months. But that still doesn't compare to the tens of thousands of hours I've put into the Total War series over the past decade.
  4. NEVER PLAYED a game but I got hooked on building and tweaking my son's pc so he could play. Each new patch, each new video driver, each new Windows beta... well, let's just say it was not a productive passion.

    I think I was shocked back to reality by a gamer's forum where I saw a guy like me parodied too well. One guy humorously asked another, "What do you play, the benchmarks?"
  5. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Clocked up over 110 DAYS played in wow in my main. I know many players who did more but that was all before the lich king expansion and I was working full time. Basically work and play, work and play. Very bad, won't ever play an mmo that crazilly again.

    Silliest moment? Logging on drunk on new years eve and getting an amazing price for tons of wool I think off some guy that just wanted to sell me tons and tons of the stuff. I spent nearly all my gold, checked prices on the auction house and looked great, it was all selling for loads more than I was playing. Next day I logged in, found my bags and bank full of wool and no money, had a sinking sensation. Checked the auction house and the prices were all less than I paid. Never do drunken wheeler dealing on new years eve in Warcraft :)
  6. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    I get carried away far too easily with games; I've done a 24 hour with Vice City in the past, literally dropped to sleep driving to a mission on it.

    Amount of times i've been to the doctors in the past thinking i've got DVT through gaming is unreal.

    R3DP3NGUIN TS Booster Posts: 152   +10

    I bought Skyrim and BF3 for PC only a week after each release. Both still in shrink rap on my desk.
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    Diablo 2, I had a 91 hardcore necro when you couldnt use the cow level to level up. I also ran about 5 bots on diablo 2 at a time. I was hooked on dota for awhile and wow ruled my life for about 6 months, but I got bored of it and figured out it was the world of waiting, world of whining and world of walking. Now I am almost sad to say no game has caught my attention in many years. Maybe its because im older or maybe its because games suck nowadays. Maybe i'm still just waiting for d3.

    p.s. I punched my old crt monitor as hard as I could when my one of my diablo 2 hardcore characters died from a pop up many many years ago. Nearly broke the screen and my hand. I had a 88 hardcore barb with a coveted ith blade. If I ever meet the maker of late 90s early 2000 pop ups its *** kicking time.

    p.s.s. In diablo 2 if your character dies in hardcore its gone FOREVER. lol I used to have nightmares of being attacked in town and not being able to click the save and exit button.
  9. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    yea... a still game called Alien Adoption Agency. Not a bad text based game, if it's still what I remember it was...
  10. mayankleoboy1

    mayankleoboy1 TS Rookie

    Age of Mythology.

    played 8+ hours everyday for several months
  11. Modifying, installing, removing, re installing game files to get a better FPS... need a new pc..
  12. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Oblivion, i play it from morning to dusk, i downloaded about 80+ permanent mods on the game and i literaly played all decent quest mods on Nexus. It is the lowest possible point i had fell on my life, but more than a shamefull moment for me it was a breake from life since after some very several relationship problems whit some one i never want to see or ear ever again.
  13. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 354   +116

    When I was 11, I started playing The Elder Scrolls: Arena. It was definitely the most amazing game we had back in 94. I would play 8 hours a day and my mother would get horrified by all the violence and twisted moral portrayed in the game.

    The funny thing is I didn't know a single word in English. I would do just the killing and looting, all day long.

    Of course, I couldn't finish one single quest of the game. And with time, I lost interest in all that meaningless bloodshed (but not before I had reached very high levels with both my characters.

    That is, untill 1996, when Daggerfall was released.
  14. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    RPG games: Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 plus expansions, Neverwinter Nights 1 and 2 + Expansions + the free community content, Gothic 1, 2, and 3, Nox, Dungeon Siege 1 & 2, Divine Divinity, Dragon Age -- addiction central. Oh and Morrowind which is so huge of a world with so much to do I realized I had to uninstall it because I was wasting way too much time; I never did get beyond the Fighter's Guild quest line. :eek:

    Throw in Thief 1, 2, and 3 plus the whole Command & Conquer series as well.

    * Now my new focus has been league of Legends that has a community steeped in narcissistic rage.
  15. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Some interesting comments here! :)


    I've banned myself from getting a single game now until I start playing the ones I have. I've got a fair few now and realistically only really play 2-3 of them, so not even 10% of what I already own.

    The price just "fools" me into ordering them just "in case." I feel ashamed when I moan about the cost of BF3 and MW3 or whatever the new one is, when I could easily have got them at full retail instead and actually used them.

    Though I doubt my old (note pensioner old!) computer could handle them -- so maybe I am best updating it first. :haha:
  16. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 191

    Exactly, I want to go to bed after finishing whatever needs to be done during the day, but I also want to game...
    Thankfully I don't have that much money to spend on games, so I don't have that many to waste time on, lol :)
  17. jarulezz

    jarulezz TS Enthusiast Posts: 48

    MW2 was the worst for me... It was released in the last year of my secondary school and I spent over a 1,000 hours on it. Clan wars and playing with friends was a big argument
    At that time MW2 > Exams
    now I kinda regret that, but it was a hell of a lot fun
  18. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Civ and the Hearts of Iron series have been long time companions in terms of cracking out. I'll usually fire one of them up when I'm going to go into a long session of watching some shows or movies.
  19. Um, not computer... bridge with cards and real people...2 bottles of scotch...42 hours straight...finally broke up to go to Monday morning classes...felt like chopped liver someone had spread on a sidewalk in Manhattan in mid-summer in front of Grand Central.
  20. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    I used to play a lot more. (FF 1-9 were favorites, and GTA series)
    I still buy the blockbusters when they come out, even though i never play most of them.
    Oh well...collection looks nice.

    Lately i've been modding Minecraft.
    Huge community.
    Seems to be getting me good at java language. Little SQL work too.
    Even got to build a dedicated blade server for it! :)
  21. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Uhg FFXI spent 7 years pretty much non stop except for RL like work ect. I take breaks for months at a time tho. Worst gaming habit for me would be the whole NOT EATTING. Especially with MMORPG's! Live gaming is like going fishing. You either stay with the fishing pole and catch the fish or step away and risk loosing the fish.
  22. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 782   +235

    Counter-Strike: Source since beta
  23. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    My worst... well OGame was the definitive worst gaming habit I've had, after that WoW, and now buying games on steam sales that I don't play... compulsive buyer here.
  24. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    I quit playing computer games, when I would come home from work, sit down at the computer and the next thing you knew, it was after midnight! Nothing got done between the end of work and going to bed. All they did was suck up 3-5 hours a day of my time.
  25. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +170

    Anyway, the one I'm a little ashamed to admit is spending dozens of hours on Faerie Solitaire. My longest session ever was about 17 hours on Heroes of Might & Magic III. But I'm don't feel particularly guilty about playing games.

    I do have tons of games I buy and don't play, as someone said here, but I always tell myself that when the kids grow up I'll have more time. Probably kidding myself.

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