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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

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Significantly more
  1788 votes / 5%
Somewhat more
  1289 votes / 4%
About the same
  3914 votes / 12%
Somewhat less
  4533 votes / 14%
Significantly less
  17985 votes / 56%
Does playing Candyland with my kid count?
  2208 votes / 6%
31717 total votes.
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

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  • Gave it up (Score:4, Informative)

    by SuperCharlie (1068072) on Friday February 21, 2014 @02:09PM (#46305001)
    About 5 years ago I was a pretty heavy into gaming.. probably 60+hrs a week (with a full time job). I realized it was eating up too much of my time and money so I pulled the plug on the whole thing, sold it all, and never looked back. Best decision I ever made.
  • Re:Now and then.. (Score:4, Informative)

    by tsotha (720379) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @07:06AM (#46310145)
    I broke out MOO2 the other day and was a little worried it might not hold up. It does. Somehow they got everything just about right in that game.
  • Re:Now and then.. (Score:4, Informative)

    by Kelbear (870538) on Monday February 24, 2014 @02:51PM (#46325661)

    A lot of people lament the dearth of innovation in gaming. When asked what they want? They ask for sequels to games they already played.

    But that's ok. Because people aren't looking for new ideas in games, they want "good" games. New ideas that are poorly executed are still going to result in a bad game. Old ideas with great execution are going to result in a good game (assuming the idea hasn't been worn to death like WW2 shooters). People just want good games.

    So here's a few in line with the games you've called out.
    1) Planescape torment - One might reference Neverwinter Nights games (specifically with the expansion stories) to get the isometric D&D style gameplay. But the gameplay in Planescape was not important at all, it was all about the protagonist's existential dilemma and top-quality writing, that's the element that people remember so fondly. With that in mind, The relatively recent game I'd recommend that you try is Walking Dead Season 1. If you don't watch the show, or read the comics, that's fine, because this game is both totally unconnected to, and is much better than the source material. Unless you're the kind of person that likes to jump on the bandwagon of hating things that are popular? This "game" has hardly any game mechanics to speak of because this is an RPG in the purest sense. You play a role, and the entire focus of this game is on making you really feel like you're IN the role. You make weighty decisions that result in significant consequences.

    2) Morrowind - Play Skyrim. The mod community for Skyrim is just as lively as Morrowwind's.

    3) Wizardry 8 - They just released the 10th Might and Magic game in January 2014, M&M X. It's still a party of 4 adventurers you customize and take through the world on a turn-by-turn basis. Don't know how good that game is, but Legend of Grimrock which is also using the same formula, is definitely a good game.

    As for new ideas, look towards the indie space on Steam. There's still plenty. I don't play games as often as I used to, and I too have fond memories of games going back to Dos prompts and Nintendo cartridge-blowing days, but I still see great things happening in the games industry and I don't believe that all the highwater marks had already been reached in the past.

    But going back on topic, I definitely play games a lot less than I used to. I won't have much free time until the kids are older. In the meantime, I find I experience most of the new things happening in gaming through "Let's Play" video channels on youtube or Twitch where I watch someone else play games while I'm doing dishes, folding laundry, etc.

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