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Burning out on Games

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During the summer I experienced a 'Burnout', a point some people get to involving games. Due to the fact that games are interactive longform media, the constant exposure tends to drive people away for periods of time. They attempt to limit their contact and avoid any form of longterm gaming commitments. I know people get 'cause it happened to a few people I know already.

It seems from observation that the length of a burnout is directly proportional to time spent 100 percent engrossed by gaming.

I've found that the equation roughly goes such as this.

hours of a life spent completely devoted to game = H
H is also conditional as it is
The collective time spent absorbed in the last 3-5 games
Take this time and multiply by 12 and you get the collective hours spent in cool down
Hx12 = C

For example the last 5 games I played (Fallout, Deus Ex, BK nuts and bolts, Bango Tooie and Mass Effect) roughly put up about 240 hours total immersion. Not consecutively mind you but it was the total hours spent on weekend and free days over about a 2-12 month period. Then I burnt out.

multiply that collective number of hours by twelve and you 2880 hours of cool down time. Divided by 24 and you get 120 days cool down. Which is roughly equal to 4 months. Which is how long I spent avoiding games (deliberately and subconciously).

I'm now getting back into gaming in a big way, I'm playing the homewold games and other things and I'm planning to get demon's souls, uncharted 2, borderlands, AC 2 and Dragon Age when the last two come out.

oh and just for the hell of it, here are the books I read over the summer/burnout instead of gaming.

Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson
Anathem - Neal Stephenson
Hyperion - Dan Simmons
NeuroMancer - William Gibson
Count Zero - William Gibson
Mona Lisa Over Drive - William Gibson
On writing - stephen king
Just After Sunset - Stephen King
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
Consider Phlebas - Ian Banks
Cyberabad Days - Ian Mcdonald
River of Gods - Ian Mcdonald
The Dreams Our Stuff is Made of - Thomas M Disch
Dhalgren - Samuel R Delany
Building Harlequin's Mood - Larry Niven and another author
The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
Postsingular - Rudy Rucker
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