The transition into college life usually changes a young person’s daily routine. The ability to wake up later, not have the same classes everyday, and have complete control over their schedules give students a new sense of freedom in their lives. However, one of the most difficult things to learn is the skillful juggle between work and play. And by play, I’m literally referring to play – playing video games.
I have noticed during my first two semesters at college, that my time spent playing video games has drastically decreased. Yet, when I return home for breaks or long weekends, it becomes the focal point of my time. Why is that?
In high school, I was normally able to put aside a few hours during the academic week to play whatever lengthy game I was working on. Although it took me longer than some gamers to finish games, I would indeed complete them. Now flash forward to my first semester of college. Grand Theft Auto V came out during my first month at university. I played it frequently the first week I got it, then hardly touched it again afterwards. In fact, I played little to no video games until my long Thanksgiving weekend.
The same occurred when I went back to school for a few weeks, and then when I returned home again for the lengthy winter break, I couldn’t put down my copy of Assasins’ Creed IV.
This behavior cannot be blamed exclusively on my college classes and work. While I had a substantial amount of things to do, I did find myself having quite a bit of time to do whatever I wanted as well.
Instead of reaching for that PlayStation controller, I would immediately grab for my laptop and watch anime on Crunchyroll or TV shows on Netflix. My brain was too tired and lazy to play a video game. It yearned to do something that required even less effort, such as simply viewing a video rather than actively playing it.
This weird phenomena has gone unnoticed to me until the spring semester started, and I noticed I hadn’t touched Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag in weeks. I had also been working on Pokémon X during winter break. I haven’t opened my 3DS since school started, but I’ve binge watched multiple anime and TV shows in the month that I have been back at school. As a matter of fact, I’ve had even more free time this semester compared to last, due to the nature of my class schedule.
This behavior has led me to falling extremely behind in playing the latest games, and I often find myself worrying if I’ll ever catch up. While I have been gaming, I have yet to find myself completing a game since the summer.
While I still can’t completely explain why I do this, I think much of it comes from me being a typical lazy college kid that just wants to lay in bed all day with my arms wrapped securely around my laptop and coffee mug. I find myself not really wanting to play games, despite the fact that I actually DO really want to play something. It’s all a matter of my mindset. It feels like an extra effort that I don’t really want to engage myself in. Then, when I return home for breaks, I act on those cravings and play frequently to make up for my lost time back at school.
I can confidently say that I am not a very good college gamer.
Speaking of going home, I’ve never been more grateful that my school has a four month long summer break. I’ll be gaming ’til I drop.
Have any of you ever experienced something like this before? Discuss below!