A Blogging Hiatus

I’ve been chronicling my gaming adventures and random thoughts in this blog for a year now, and really enjoy it. I’ve always tried to post at least once a week, but, unfortunately, I just haven’t had the time for much gaming lately, let alone blogging about it (having a life is lame, I don’t recommend it). I’ve felt like my recent posts have not only become increasingly sporadic, but also, when I do post, it feels forced, either because it’s about something I’m not sure anyone cares about, or it’s really rushed because I know I won’t have any other time to finish it.

I don’t plan on shutting down my blog; I hope to still post from time to time. But I’m giving myself a break from trying to post once a week. If I feel inspired, I’ll write. If I don’t, I won’t feel bad about it. I think I’ll enjoy it a lot more this way. So, if I seem inactive, please don’t unsubscribe, and keep following me on Twitter if you’d like. I’ve thought about trying my hand at Twitch streaming, so I’ll be sure to post more about that on Twitter if that ever becomes a thing.

Thanks to everyone who reads my blog, especially those who comment. I always enjoy reading feedback, even if I don’t reply.


Lunch Break Gaming

Lunchbreak Gaming

As you probably gathered from the title of this blog, I don’t have tons of time to devote to gaming. Because of this, I catch a gaming session where I can. One of those times is while I’m on my lunch break at work. Fortunately for me, I work in a small university IT department, located in the basement of a residence hall, so I can easily shut my door, pull out my personal laptop, and jump on the wireless and start playing Guild Wars 2 or any of my 100+ Steam games (ugh… why do I buy so much stuff I don’t have time for? Better yet, why do I admit to it?) without the fear of those pesky “work-related sites only” web filters. Don’t mind me, just another student taking a “study break.” This gives me about a one hour timeslot to get my gaming fix (sometimes the only gaming I do for several days in a row). Some might find this silly or more trouble than it’s worth, but it’s amazing how much consistency plays in to how long a game “lasts.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a new game, been really into it for days, then had three or four days in a row where I’m busy with working late, church, hanging out with my girlfriend, Star Trek/Doctor Who marathons, etc., and suddenly I completely forget about the game. Then a couple months later I remember it, try to pick up where I left off, and forget everything I was doing, and get frustrated and never come back again. Then I feel guilty for spending X dollars for a game I never played. This is, by the way, why I only ever buy games used or on sale; that way I only have to feel 50%-75% guilty if I don’t play it. Sometimes a little dive into the virtual world makes it all the harder to return to grinding out code and putting out fires, but more often for me it satisfies the itch rather than increase it.

How do you fit gaming sessions into your daily routine? Share in the comments!

Disclaimer: Part Time Core Gaming is not responsible for any negative consequences resulting from gaming at work including, but not limited to, reprimands, write-ups, loss of pay, demotions, or termination of employment. Check with your supervisor before engaging in any recreational activities in the workplace. Please game responsibly.