The Mythical 40-Hour Gamer
Wired has a post up about gamers that are basically able to play until the end of those games that promise 40 hours of gaming fun.
The 40-hour gamers are able to play in a way that I used to when I was a teenager, but can’t anymore. They devote full evenings and entire weekends to marathon play-sessions. They get into the zone — that Csikszentmihalyian state of “flow” where all distractions drop away, and you focus with lizard-brain survival intensity on solving the puzzles, leveling up, methodically remounting and remounting dread fights against the bosses until you spy the chink in their armor.
And hell, anyone can lick a game in 40 hours easily if they play like that. What you need is to have very few distractions and commitments.
Oh, how I miss endless gaming fun. The article is very well written, and really speaks to me, as I continue to transition into adulthood, being forced to put away the things that used to entertain me for hours. Any other ex-40 hour gamers out there?