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So you know how I said I was going to put up new articles five days a week? Turns out I was lying.

As soon as I got busy posting here just dropped on my list of priorities. And it's not terribly surprising. I wasn't being paid to write anything on here. I did it because I enjoyed expressing my opinions. But with a full time job it turns out that most of the time when I got back tired after a long day I just wanted to play games. Given that I'm posting on a gaming blog, about gaming subjects, this isn't exactly a shocker.


It's not the first time gaming has got in the way of my other hobbies and commitments. Gaming even gets in the way of gaming sometimes, as hard as that may be to believe. Sometimes I feel like I should be playing one game, completing something I've almost finished and yet I find myself playing something completely different. I was on the cusp of finished Valkyria Chronicles II for weeks and yet I put it off. World of Warcraft was also big draw during my formative years well into University taking precedence over study and other games alike.

But is it really the game that kills productivity? I'm not sure I ever believed that was the case. My parents used to threaten restricting my internet access in an attempt to force me to study, and I'd blithely respond that if they did I'd just procrastinate in another manner. In the end it's often an aversion to doing something that keeps me from doing it rather than the desire to do something else. Maybe that's why WoW doesn't have much hold on me any more, I find less of a need to escape from that nagging feeling that I should be doing something. Or maybe I've just found better outlets for it.

I'll try to get back into contributing more, in the meantime let me know how games impact your productivity.

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