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[–] cool_and_froody 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Play rocket league. Five minute matches and extremely addictive. Its GoTY for a lot of reviewers

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[–] 3782024 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

i call them 10 minute matches because of clock stoppage and overtime. this is my new favorite in-and-out competitive game.

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[–] 3771299 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

I actually dont have any problem still playing games like BG and KOTOR. Ive actually been replaying those old games more now. The essential features I need in gaming with a wife and little one running around is the ability to PAUSE and or Save and Quit at any moment. So long as I have those features then Im good to go. The games I cant play are games that have those checkpoint save schemes and pretty much anything multiplayer. Im surprised you can play Hearthstone. I had to give that one up because I was constantly dropping out of matches because wife/kid interruptions.

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[–] thrus 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

that is an interesting idea as well replaying games that you have enjoyed in the past eliminates the need to hunt for bobble heads and you can just play to enjoy for the hour that you have.

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[–] Sirskills [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Yes I find pause to be an amazing feature. I can get away with Hearthstone because I am quick with my turns. Though I do lose some games to kids/wife. Maybe I should try giving Pillars of Eternity another go...

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[–] 3772440 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

ProTip: Write down where you leave off after each session, with a quick description of where you are in regards to quests. I do this with the all the old RPGs, and it makes it manageable even when I have really long breaks between playing sessions. By doing this Ive been able to not just play, but really enjoy BG 1&2, IWD, PoE, NWN 1&2, and other similar games. I just dont devour content as fast as I did before the wife and kid came along.

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[–] RedditCEOEllenPao 1 points 9 points (+10|-1) ago 

Did you keep the receipt for your wife and kids?

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[–] Sirskills [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

1 part travel, 1 part highschool, 2 parts sperm... Edit: Whoops, receipt not recipe...

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[–] Lev-ice 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Who is the other part sperm from?

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[–] Totenglocke 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago  (edited ago)

<puts on flame retardant suit>

Man, this post / these comments make me so happy that I never got married and got a vasectomy a few years ago. My condolences, fallen brethren.

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[–] Sirskills [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

All good, I respect everyone's decisions. I have the vasectomy in place so no more at least. Family is a different kind of joy. I am hoping the big payoff will be gaming with the boys when they get a little older.

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[–] Totenglocke 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Hey, if you're happy with your life, then good for you (being serious). I just know that I'd be miserable in that life because getting married or having kids would mean giving up everything I enjoy in life.

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[–] 3782031 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

one minute with my son beats a lifetime of hardcore gaming.

but sometimes, I have moments where I game as well.

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[–] SkepticalMartian 2 points 4 points (+6|-2) ago  (edited ago)

If the game is fun, it's the right game. If it is not fun, it's the wrong game.

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[–] 3782035 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

if you are having fun, you aren't gaming correctly.

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[–] WeekendBaker 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Similar boat- 2 young kids. I actually play Atilla Total War. I love immersion when I can get it but, it's still fun to do 15-20 minute battles. At the very least I can run a few turns in single player campaign map and walk away anytime.

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[–] Prisoner072385 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Your experience struck a chord.

30, 4 month old son. I bought Pillars of Eternity over the winter Steam sale and I haven't touched it beyond the opening sequence. It's not that I don't have time; I put in hard work through the day and into the evenings, and I sacrifice a lot of sleep - but that's another can of worms. I think it's because of all the anxiety that gets heaped on you as a parent, provider and so on.

That probably doesn't make sense, so here's an example situation. It's 10pm. My son is finally asleep, my wife is spending time with her mother downstairs in the in-law suite, watching something on Netflix. I'm in my office, loading up Pillars of Eternity, Party Hard, Banished or something else that's got my interest lately. I notice that my cup is almost out of drinking water, so I get up and go to the kitchen. I notice dog toys out on the way, so I pick them up. Then I see cat toys out of place, so I pick them up and put them away. The rug is all janked up from one beast or another tearing around the house, so I straighten that out. While I've taken a knee doing that, I notice clothes that need sorting balled up in a corner. The laundry isn't being done, so I start doing that. The dryer's lint trap is full; so is the trash can in the office, and kitchen. Fourty-five minutes later, I'm standing - in my slippers, house-shorts and a slightly dirtier t-shirt - outside. I'm holding a bag of trash in the bitter cold and I'm looking back at my house and thinking about shoveling some snow when it occurs to me "hey, weren't you supposed to be relaxing?" followed by "at least that hunted, anxious feeling has been somewhat satisfied with all your chore busywork."

We're not 17 and sinking that 400th hour into The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, or playing another late night round of slappers only in the library anymore, OP. It's bittersweet, but I suppose that gamers are not immune to the nebulous notion of growing up. My one glimmer of hope has been setting content aside for my son when, if he chooses to take up the hobby when he's old enough. YMMV, and I wish these subjective experiences of mine didn't speak to me of personal truths that I'd rather not acknowledge; and yet, here I am, oversharing.

Oddjob is still god damned bullshit, though.

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[–] Sirskills [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yeap that sounds about right. Even the mental capacity to delve into pillars after all that is tough. It feels easier to just lounge on the couch with a game on, or catch up on precious sleep.

Yes hopefully one day they will either game with me or I can game in retirement I suppose.

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[–] lbruiser 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I think this is normal. I'm almost in the same boat as you, however I get a few hours Saturday (like 4ish) to game. We got old man =/. I'm now looking for games that have shorter play session. Extra Credits cover this. I find that indi games tend to also have a shorter play session than AAA. I think it's because AAA just need that bigger, flasher type games to sell. That and people want hours of game play for their moneys worth. Which is how I feel it should be.

Also you might look into a gaming laptop with a solid state disk since it will boot/load games faster (for your time constants) and you can game anywhere. Kids in the backyard playing, you can now watch them and still game. I would suggest a Lenovo Y410p/Y510p for about $800. It's not quiet PC master race, but it will do the job for most things.

In summation, I feel you brother.

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