This just hit me today in a random thought when looking at various new things on Indiegogo and Kickstarter. So many good projects and some not so much that made me wonder with the concepts of these and the high tech world of the internet that we may be over saturating the gaming world. Look around we have millions of models (perhaps more than insects in the world), tons of books (including PDF and reader friendly ones) along with tons of board games always flopping out along with billions of cards for various CCGs!
It is great that we can all find something we like, everyone has different tastes. Then again, what if you are the only person with that taste or one other? So, you have a pile of books, miniatures or board game that sits around collecting dust with the sad hope of being used and enjoyed.
There are only so many hours in a day and gaming just taps a small amount of that time as we are hit with family, friends, work and school to just name a few things that munch on our ability to play games. In a perfect world I would love to win the lottery, open my own mega game store and enjoy my hobby all flipping day and travel the world with my wife. Maybe dabble in the bar/food industry…..if anything wine or beer making! But I digress, how do we fit in all those cool games? We can’t is the simple answer.
Look around you house, count the number of board games, miniature games, amount of miniatures and such you may just be shocked if you take into account the overall scope of things. Like food and other things we are gluttons, we buy something because we want it, not because we need it. Now a hobby is just that, not a need per se but not a luxury either. A hobby helps us unwind, gives us a social outlet or at least one for our creative side to get some exercise. Thus, it is mental health in the long run. Gaming is a good thing as it can keep our minds sharp (sadly not our waistline). We need the psychological fuel of something like this to keep us engaged and give us a break from the real world because let’s face it…IT SUCKS!
You disagree it sucks? Do you REALLY LIKE TO GO TO WORK? Pissing away hours of the day? Mix that in with sleep and you get a small window for yourself (oh and can’t forget things like housework, homework, paying bills, dealing with animals and such!). Think about that also.
Still, there is also a thrill of the purchase which is I think the deadly thing with our wallets these days. Go online, find something cool and click! Then it shows in your mail magically! Yay! So, where am I going with this? Be moderate with your hobby and you will enjoy it more instead of finding frustration that you have not played X game or Y game and selling it off on Ebay or otherwise…..
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