Escaping the Loop

Besides playing video games, I like to make things, like LEGO sets, videos and enemies. I recently listened to an episode of Radiolab about Loops.

http://www.radiolab.org/2011/oct/04/

I also recently went to the Texas State Fair this past weekend. Combining both these influences, I made this lil' diptych:

Now, I've been playing Rift lately, which (as you may know) is an MMO. MMO's do not necessarily mix with my obsessive personality as I tend to sink way too much time into them. When this happens I forsake my personal video projects as well as playing other games. With the fall releases already starting to trickle in, I'm at in a rough spot.

I get great satisfaction out of playing Rift. I'm currently in a guild that is progressing in some enjoyable raid content. This being my first endgame MMO, I'm trying to soak it up just for experience sake. BUT I also have an unimaginable amount of other games that I have not played or started playing or, in some cases, haven't even opened that I REALLY want to play as well. On top of this, I have about 3 personal animation and video projects that have been on the back burner for far too long.

All of this is blowing my mind right now. Finding a balance between all of these things is troublesome! I feel like I'm in my own personal series of loops. I'm stuck in a loop of playing one infinitely long game (much as I did with CoD and Counterstrike back in the day) and also in this repeating problem of trying to catch up on other games. Perhaps furthering my creative outlets should be more of a priority than playing games but virtual activities like killing zombies and saving the world are too much fun to pass up. You know how it is.

Ironically, being out of school finally solved zero time issues that I figured would disappear once I graduated. Granted, there are a million other problems that I am more than thankful I don't have currently but trying to prioritize between multiple passions is taking its toll.

Maybe I should just drop everything and move to Japan. After all, They have Takoyaki there.

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Posted by jimb0

Besides playing video games, I like to make things, like LEGO sets, videos and enemies. I recently listened to an episode of Radiolab about Loops.

http://www.radiolab.org/2011/oct/04/

I also recently went to the Texas State Fair this past weekend. Combining both these influences, I made this lil' diptych:

Now, I've been playing Rift lately, which (as you may know) is an MMO. MMO's do not necessarily mix with my obsessive personality as I tend to sink way too much time into them. When this happens I forsake my personal video projects as well as playing other games. With the fall releases already starting to trickle in, I'm at in a rough spot.

I get great satisfaction out of playing Rift. I'm currently in a guild that is progressing in some enjoyable raid content. This being my first endgame MMO, I'm trying to soak it up just for experience sake. BUT I also have an unimaginable amount of other games that I have not played or started playing or, in some cases, haven't even opened that I REALLY want to play as well. On top of this, I have about 3 personal animation and video projects that have been on the back burner for far too long.

All of this is blowing my mind right now. Finding a balance between all of these things is troublesome! I feel like I'm in my own personal series of loops. I'm stuck in a loop of playing one infinitely long game (much as I did with CoD and Counterstrike back in the day) and also in this repeating problem of trying to catch up on other games. Perhaps furthering my creative outlets should be more of a priority than playing games but virtual activities like killing zombies and saving the world are too much fun to pass up. You know how it is.

Ironically, being out of school finally solved zero time issues that I figured would disappear once I graduated. Granted, there are a million other problems that I am more than thankful I don't have currently but trying to prioritize between multiple passions is taking its toll.

Maybe I should just drop everything and move to Japan. After all, They have Takoyaki there.

Posted by 7Force

Moving to Japan is a good idea... I mean, it worked out for me!

Posted by iam3green

you should stop playing mmo. they are good and all just they never end. just telling you that.

Posted by TribalPlague

its good to play games, but its good to go places too... Japan is an amazing place I think if you have the opportunity you should go. Are you going to play the new SWTOR game?

Posted by jimb0

@TribalPlague: I do have it pre-ordered and I figure I'll try it out. But I am reluctant to get involved in another time sink!

Posted by TribalPlague

I thought of that as well to be honest, now its not easy to play with wife, daughter of 5, dog and cat... lol but this game felt like i could spend time on it if i could afford it and if not, I can always play the mini games within the ship or the crafting game...