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Re(10):Shadows of the Damned
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[QUOTE] I always think it's interesting how a lot of people who work in the industry say that they don't have much time to play games (especially if they're married with kids). A lot of us say that, even though we manage to find times to play them anyway... I think that it's just not a lot compared to how much we used to play, so much so that we say that we aren't playing much of anything when that's really not the truth. It turns into this weird situation where you'd think that people that need to do things other than play games claim that they are, when in fact they aren't. It's kind of schizophrenic and generally bad in that the bulk of the experiences you hear referenced in the office wind up coming from a shallow pool of game experience (because we aren't playing "much" games), and a shallow pool of real life experience (because we aren't doing much of not-games), and the net result is a whole lot of not much. Ideally you should have people that play little/no games and people that play outrageously excessive amounts of games together on the team. Sometimes it seems that people set to task on making games are the ones whose lives are as a result least conducive to it. [/QUOTE] Well, I definitely play fewer games these days, now that I work on games, than back before I did so. But I also play less than I did before I bought my house and had to do things like mow the grass and fix the fence. But to some extent I view it as a natural part of my game playing cycle-- that is, periodically I play very little or only the occasional game, and that can go on for months. Then eventually the games start to creep back in as I miss them. I've always connected this sort of cycle with fluctuations in quality and style of games that are being released, seasons (often game I like or want get released in the autumn, it seems like), and most of all changes in my income. Another thing I'll note is that my consumption of handheld games has stayed high, even as my console game consumption has declined. Before I started working on games, a lot of people suggested that I would end up hating games, since I get to play them all the time, but that much at least has not come to pass, thankfully. If anything it's made me more thoughtful regarding the games themselves.
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