The author asks - How many hours of your life have you spent playing games? Was all that time wasted?
How many hours of our lives are spent watching TV or movies? If you enjoy something, it's not wasted time.
"If you enjoy something, it's not wasted time." Exactly.
Nah some are a waste of time. Got 100% on Assassins Creed 4, not worth it, realized once I did it and felt no sense of accomplishment that it was a waste of time. Also, Killzone 2 and Shadowfall, waste of time. Watching Metal Gear Solid 2 and 4's cutscenes, waste of time. 100%'ing the new Tomb Raider, waste of time. So, sometimes yes, video games are a waste of time. Oh yeah and can't leave out FTP, waste of time.
@XBLSkull I don't think you understand. When you *enjoy* something, it's not a waste of your time. You sound like you *didn't enjoy* doing those things, so of course you felt like you wasted your time. And this article is talking about videogames in general, not specific parts of specific games.
It's not that linear. You might enjoy something in the short term, but be hurting yourslef in the long term. An extreme example is drugs. Another example, is the series Lost. We all enjoyed it. But that ending, made many people feel like it was all a waste of time. But this one is debatable. The point is: even if you enjoy something, it can be a waste of time. You could be doing things better for your health (physical, mental, social) and happiness.
Reading articles like this is a waste of time! Move on people,nothing to see here!
I came to post the exact same thing lol. If you're having fun, it's not a waste of time. Life is too short to be butthurt about stuff all the time.
The same could be said about any hobby that isn't either providing knowledge, health improvements, etc... as others stated everyone needs down time, and video games are no less viable an option than the next hobby.
Some TV, movies, games, etc. provide knowledge and can genuinely change the way you think about something. Some games/shows have really made me reflect deeply about myself and the way I view things. So, something can be entertaining and beneficial to you all at once. You just have to find the right way to utilize your hobby/hobbies.
I absolutely agree. There are a plethora of things, that are both constructive and entertaining. I just mean to say that if it is something you're doing strictly for entertainment, video-games are no more, or less a waste of time than say reading a goofy book with no substance. I definitely agree that pleasure, and constructive activities aren't mutually exclusive ideas. If you can find something that provides both, then even better. I've played many a game that provoked deep thought, and self-examination.
People have hobbies, so that can relax, escape the stesses of life and immerse themselves in something they enjoy. This is not wasted time, but is essential to a balanced and healthy mental state. Can people over indulge in their hobbies at the expense of more productive endeavors? Sure. But it doesn't make having a hobby 'a waste of time'.
Love them time wasters what else am I going to do strive for world peace. Have eased up a lot since my daughter arrived though .
Click-bait, just leave it.
The article is actually telling people that gaming isn't anymore a waste of time than other forms of entertainment.
@sega Then they shouldn't use such a piss poor title, if they wanted anyone to read it.
Unfortunately some games are a waste of time and money.
Nope but I'm starting to think games 'journalism' might be.
At this point, I'm gonna say that's an established fact.
I just can't help it... I don't like going out to places that much. But that doesn't mean I don't get out the house.
I spent more time getting hyped and watching Haze videos than actually playing it.. Apart from that I wouldn't call video games a waste of time
Only waste of time is that damn "press start to play" menu. Also superman64 Just saying
Time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time.
Better close down your site then?
Single player? Not at all. Story-driven games offer a nice distraction from the doldrums of everyday life and can be played or completed at the leisure of the player. Couch co-op mode lets the girlfriend or your best bud join in on the fun. Online competitive multiplayer? HELL YES it's a waste of time! It's the seedy underbelly of the industry where weak-minded addicts who suck at life gather to compete in meaningless contests, all because of their need for constant validation from a false sense of progression in the form of unlocks and ranks so that they never have to take a good, hard look at their pathetic existence. Don't even get me started on those who live in MMO's. Those ****ers have NO LIFE whatsoever.
A lot of "wasted" time playing games for me then. No regrets at all. :)
There's more to life than work 24/7. With that said, video games are no more a waste of time as anything else.
I played Pokemon X for over 900 hours....I REGRET NOTHING!!!
They're better than reality tv by a loooooooong shot
The real question is what isn't a waste of time. I would say activities that get you paid are not a waste of time since they contribute to your well being in that you can feed and clothe and shelter yourself. Everything else is debatable.
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