Up For Debate - What's your gaming routine each week?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Aug 17, 2019 4:23 PM

Gaming’s a hobby we presumably all love, but it can also be a very time consuming one. Tons of games these days are dozens of hours long, invite us to check in on weekly events and updates, or give us our multiplayer gaming fix. We’re probably all a little different in how much gaming we do a week, and how we fit it in, but depending on your lifestyle, some games are clearly more suited than others.

Got weeks on end to sit in your underwear and drink whiskey? MMORPGs are the perfect fodder to while entire days away at a time. Trying to sneak in a quick gaming session before work? Fire up something like Rocket League for a five-minute burst of adrenaline-fuelled action. Then you’ve got the curveballs; the games which have no defined playtime. Something like Fortnite, or any battle royale for that matter, can last anywhere from 30 seconds to 30 minutes or more, meaning they’re only really suitable when you’re sure you’ve got no other responsibilities to worry about. I mean, nobody wants to reach the final circle and then take a phone call before they can clutch victory.

For me, as I’ve gotten older, my gaming routine has had to change to fit around it. 10 years ago I was up at 5am any day of the week, in a haze playing Worms with my flatmates. Now I’m obviously working full-time so 3am Borderlands co-op sessions are out the window. Instead, I can usually squeeze an hour or two into a few evenings a week, plus I’ve got room for some longer sessions if I’m having a lazy weekend. The absolute peak for this being home alone of course, although I usually turn into a dribbling mess surrounded by pizza boxes by around hour six. Day two, well, the less said about day two of a home alone weekend, the better.

I definitely find the mammoth sessions harder as I get older. I max out at about three hours before fatigue starts to get in. It takes a truly fantastic game these days to coax an all-day session, with recent nominees being The Witcher 3 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild

On the weekends is when I tend to do my multiplayer sessions, Sunday in particular. Most of my mates are out doing stuff on the Friday and Saturday but Sunday is the peak lazy hangover today, smudging together football with shooting some fools in Siege, preferably at the same time.

So how do you settle into a gaming session during a typical week, have you got a gaming routine going on? Do you have regular bouts with your mates, like a co-op gaming session each week? Does gaming take priority over other stuff, or do you just snatch the time when you can? Let us know below!

How much do you game in a typical week?

How many days do you usually game a week?

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07:07 Aug-19-2019

Does turning on auto duel on Yu-Gi-Oh Dual Links count as gaming?
Don't have much time, so basically I press the auto-duel option in the game so the game plays itself.
Full disclosure I do that even while I'm working. If you can consider cleaning food trays working.

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05:55 Aug-19-2019

If I'm not at work, sleeping, eating, or other more personal activities, then I'm gaming, or reading. Hell, I even work out while gaming. One of the great things about turn-based strategy games and an Updesk. -grin-

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21:32 Aug-18-2019

Every waking minute??? You have to pump those numbers up ROOKIE

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20:10 Aug-18-2019

I don't have a routine, I just play when I have time and when I feel like it. Usually 2-3 hours 3-4 days a week, with very rare times when a game really takes me and I have time to spare.

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20:11 Aug-18-2019

Over time I've started loosing my desire to play games. Excessive predatory crap every big name in the industry has been pulling has soured my taste of games overall, even towards indies which is saddening for me.

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10:00 Aug-18-2019

I used to play much more, but now it's not even an hour every day I guess

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13:55 Aug-18-2019

That's what we call "adulthood"

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14:00 Aug-18-2019

I'm an adult and I still play every day for several hours. I tall depends on what responsibilities you have outside of work (partner, kids etc.).

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14:02 Aug-18-2019

I'm too lazy to boot Windows to play games, that's probably my major problem

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15:00 Aug-18-2019

I don't have that many responsibilities yet (aside from paying my bills and spending time with the missis and friends), but I also prefer to do other things than just gaming. Learning something new, tinkering, etc - I value that a bit more over "AAA" grinds and multiplayer nonsense. So I play fewer games than I used to.

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01:25 Aug-18-2019

I wake up, eat then sit in front of a screen for around 3 hours then go to work and sit in front of a screen for 8 hours and when i get home i sit another 2 hours in front of a screen and when going to work i stare at a screen ( its an AMOLED so i think its better for my eyes not that i care i have everything to full brightness set ) xD

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23:59 Aug-17-2019

Sometimes i do marathon sessions, sometimes only a few hours, but i think its fair to say i play around 6/7 days per week on average.
In the past i gamed way more longer, but a new hobby (visiting and photographing funfairs/theme parks in the weekend) start to eat time as well.
Also i was addicted to games in the past, and that i dont want no more, I still love gaming tho, but no more addiction

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22:22 Aug-17-2019

About 14 hours every day. Would game more but sleeping and eating also takes some time.

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22:38 Aug-17-2019

u skip bath?

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23:07 Aug-17-2019

I game while taking a bath also

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23:47 Aug-17-2019

Please tell me you're joking...

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11:07 Aug-18-2019

You don't work?

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22:49 Aug-17-2019

Those are rookie hours you gonna need to step it up to atleast 16 hours. Also joking aside i used to game a lot daily back a few years ago but after the 12-16 mark i completely ended up starting to zone out and lose focus at which point autopilot started to kick in. Still fun for online games once in awhile not everyda

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21:59 Aug-17-2019

Depends on the week, but I tend to squeeze in about 4h per work day, which can be during weekend too and like double that on free day at least, so I would say about 30-40h. But it depends on what is going on with life, it can be less if I have ton of other stuff to do. Also depends on what is on Youtube, if i find anything very interesting I might watch that.

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21:37 Aug-17-2019

As a STEM major(Computer/Network Engineering) I barely have much time to game these days. I usually get in about 10-15 hours a week with the majority of those hours being in World of Warcraft.

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20:25 Aug-17-2019

University takes up most of my time, but I tend to squeeze in few hours gaming whenever I can.

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21:10 Aug-17-2019

Yeah, f@ck university.

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22:39 Aug-17-2019

when u finish university u will wish to be back again. Getting into real life sucks.

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22:54 Aug-17-2019

Amen the early 20's and below are the most carefree period of your life after that the real world starts.

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09:39 Aug-18-2019

I'm already mandatory 9:30 to 17:30(twice a week to 18:30) there everyday along with daily 1-2 hours mandatory, useless, learn nothing from, brain-dead homework, constant tests and having to get my own meals, do laundry, etc, etc... and failure isn't an option, with professors and assistants that enjoy mocking us and treating us like sh@t and monkeys, so how much worse can it get?

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09:40 Aug-18-2019

And I might like it if I actually learnt something from it... -_-

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20:09 Aug-18-2019

then prove them wrong

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21:38 Aug-18-2019

prove who wrong? And of what?

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19:52 Aug-17-2019

monday to friday work after that home to play css/bf4 but mostly catch gta rp vods and watch my favourite tech tubers/content creators.

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19:38 Aug-17-2019

i wake, go to work, get back from work, sits for pc and play games, sleep if ther is time, repeat everything again

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18:44 Aug-17-2019

I have no set routine. I simply play what I feel like playing when I feel like playing it. Simple as that.

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18:40 Aug-17-2019

depends which part of the year it is, but nowadays I can't even call it gaming to compared what I used to do. I used to pull 48-72 hour sessions for a number of years, until 3 years ago during the summer every week. On top of that I didn't sleep at home, I slept at school so that I can play during the night and since school and the education system is easy bs, I had a great time during the school year too.


But now thanks to 12th grade university exams and now in university I'm screwed so hard, having to be there from 9:30 to 18:00 every day and then have pointless, brain-dead, nothing to learn from homework that takes another 1-2 hours... I have almost only top grades in my university and I have learnt nothing...

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18:41 Aug-17-2019

Otherwise this summer I average 8 hours a day everyday, cuz I'm burnt out. I go out for 3-4 hours a day and go to the gym and then 7-8 hours of solid gaming.

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18:32 Aug-17-2019

60 hrs

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18:12 Aug-17-2019

for now due to my limited free time i'm playing like 5-6h during Week-ends and i'm limited to playing games that i really enjoy and throw the rest to the backlog . playing mostly Don't starve together and apex legends at the moment and i'm still yet to finish hollow knight that i started like a month ago :p

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17:20 Aug-17-2019

Quit sports so now I seem to be back at 7/7 20 per week...

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17:11 Aug-17-2019

Honestly i dont pay attention to it but as ive gotten older i have to say that i start losing interest after 4-6 hours of playing any game even if i have time to play more. I do still love an occasional long session of gaming on the weekends with a bottle of something strong as rare as they are nowadays but equally fun

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18:33 Aug-17-2019

Same, I feel like my interest in video games is fading away. Athough I'm just 21

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21:53 Aug-17-2019

A huge part of the draw to older games was the sense of progression and working towards unlocking things. We don't really have that anymore due to microtransactions/DLC. This is one of the reasons I play MMOs(particularly WOW), because there is still a sense of accomplishment for time spent and no major MTX.
You used to be able to unlock chars, gear, costumes/skins etc just by playing a game. Now that most of it is paid DLC in most games. Times have changed :(

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21:58 Aug-17-2019

I never got into WOW for me it was RuneScape which i guess was the cheap version of WOW since it was F2P but also had a subscription option. As much as that game was just a grind the younger me enjoyed just mindlessly chopping trees for hours while chatting to people online i think everything was a lot more innocent

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22:01 Aug-17-2019

in the early days of the internet. Im also "young" at 24 but in gaming years thats getting close to being ancient. Maybe i just miss that one game that would pull me in especially for multiplayer games i just dont have that passion or competetiveness in me much and that sense of progression was a lot more geniune back

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22:02 Aug-17-2019

Before I got into WOW I also played Runescape. I sunk countless hours into Runescape until about 2006 when I started to play WoW(because I finally got a computer that could run it). The online community has certainly changed in all games, including MMOs.

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22:05 Aug-17-2019

In addition, I hear ya... im almost 30. If your 24 and feel ancient, i feel like a wise old sage speaking lol. At 24, your still old enough to remember some of the good old days.

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22:10 Aug-17-2019

I think i stopped playing it around that time or maybe it was 2007 when they updated "Old runescape" and it became crap. I think eventually OldRS became a thing and is still around. But yeah on the age thing i think it's more of an internet meme but generally 21+ people phase out of their "best" gaming performance.

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22:15 Aug-17-2019

Some people hold on for a few more years but it's not like it's an issue i mean most games nowadays even on the hardest difficulties you could autopilot although i know WOW is a different beast in terms of difficulty and the old school dungeons were a nightmare from what ive heard. Theyre bringing classic WOW back righ

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22:19 Aug-17-2019

Ya, so you played during roughly the same time i played RS. "Best gaming performance" lol. It must be a meme. Ya, WOW is a different beast. As far as dungeons are concerned, yes old school dungeons were actually harder on heroic difficulty. Now heroic is a faceroll because Mythic is the new heroic with different "tiers" via key levels. Raids also IMO have gotten more difficult than past raids. Much more mechanics. Always gotta be on your toes. Ya, classic WoW is indeed coming back this month.

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22:25 Aug-17-2019

Oh yeah i meant more phase out of their Prime? Maybe thats a better way to put it since most "pros" get out at 20-25 and move to other things as they cant compete at that level. Obviously pro scene is a lot different than just gaming online but i think you know what i mean with that reaction time gets worse with age

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22:26 Aug-17-2019

But also at the same time that period of 20-30 is the prime of our lives. Past 30 i think it gets a lot more stressful sure you "might" have more money than in your 20s but there are all of these other things that start getting put on the table..family,kids etc if one wants to pursue that life.

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17:10 Aug-17-2019

I play games practically every day around 10pm to 2am. That's not good routine, but I have better mood during these times and easier getting immersed. Many games which I play are dark themed or horror so it's another reason.

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