I'm not talking about watching, reading, or talking about games. The folks over at Gamers with Jobs have been discussing this recently and found that their community plays around 12 hours a week on average, but that's a site—shockingly enough—catered towards people with less free time.
So I got to wondering how much gaming the Giant Bomb community squeezes in to an average week. Since we all have different life circumstances, I don't want to make a value judgment out of anyone's game time. Though back in my first year of college, I had a Prof. that was certainly happy to.
We had an assignment to track how many hours we spent doing tasks a week in an effort to improve study habits (e.g. 56 hours sleeping, 20 hours homework, etc.). I was sick that week and ended up playing over 40 hours of Anarchy Online. The Prof. called me out on it in front of the class and said it was awful I was spending a full-time-job's worth of time gaming. It was sort of embarassing, but I didn't feel bad about it; nowadays, however, I feel like over 15 hours is quite a bit.
Are there seriously people that play 100+ hours a week? Is that even possible?!
That's over 14 hours a day, so if you sleep for less than 8 hours and eat for 2 (or eat while gaming), it's certainly possible. I could see a sort of crazy person doing that for the week following a big game release, but to do 100+ on average seems very excessive to say the least.
I need to start subscribing to the Gamers With Jobs podcast again. I used to but it dropped lower on my list as I had less time each week for recreational audio. Finally, I gave it up entirely. I still don't have too much time, and I've recently resubscribed to Idle Thumbs plus the Tony Kornheiser Show is back from vacation, so...well, were heading into "season" so this is a good time of the year to make time for these shows.
Anyway, I can't really tally up my game time on a weekly basis because I routinely go for weeks without picking up a controller. Then I'll binge and play for 12 to 16 hours in a sitting. Right now I'm playing Borderlands 2 and while I've only been able to put in 6 or so hours so far, now that it's the weekend, I'm going to log another 6 tonight. That is unless I fall asleep. Either way, if I look at how many hours per month I play, it's about 20, so from there you could divide it up to 5 hours per week. I have other interests and a full-time+ job so it's all I can spare.
I'd say around 40 or so? Thing is on an average night I dont go anywhere and I also dont watch TV so I usually have 8+ hours to kill stuck at home. Ill go out with friends where I can but Im single and all my friends are married which means I dont see them that often so...its usually me ,myself and my Xbox every night. Leaves me a good portion of time after Im done with work to game.
Around 15 hours a week lately. Used to be a lot more, but I live with friends now instead of on my own, and I decided to put my TV in the living room since their TVs are sad little 20" SD relics. I still do plenty of gaming because my schedule allows me to hog the TV at night, but damn it annoys me sometimes to come home and find the TV in use when I was looking forward to a specific game. I could just say fuck it and move it and the consoles into my room, but that wouldn't really stimulate the social aspect of the household. Sigh...I need another TV.
It also really depends on whether I've made a new purchase, because when I get into a game I tend to finish it and possible 100% it in as few obscenely long sessions possible. When it's a dry spell I sometimes barely play for weeks.
It's really hard to say an average for me. Some weeks I may only play a few hours, and other weeks I can easily play over 20 or 30 if I have a long game I'm trying to get through. For instance, I barely played anything this week, but a few weeks ago most of my free time was consumed by Dark Souls.
I used to be able to play between 15- 20 hours a week, approximately, but since school's started and I got a full-time position at my work, I'm down to 1-5 hours, and that's just my 3DS. Haven't had a chance to turn on my 360 since school started. Kinda depressing, now I think about it, but I guess I'm building character?
Dammit, I wanna play games!