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(Slate)   Man hides his dark, terrifying secret from his wife until after marriage, and now she doesn't know how to cope with a man addicted to video games   (slate.com) divider line 52
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2013-03-06 03:26:25 PM
5 votes:
lh4.ggpht.com
2013-03-06 03:48:52 PM
4 votes:

Theaetetus: ladyfortuna: I met Lordfortuna through match.com, but we first 'met' in WoW before having a real life meeting. We play lots of games together, except for lately I'm playing Halo 4 and he hates console shooters, so he's not entirely happy about it, but he'll get over it.

For his next birthday:
http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Mouse-Keyboard-Converter-Playstation-3/ d p/ B0040UAYI4


I do not think you thought this cunning plan all the way through.
2013-03-06 03:52:12 PM
3 votes:
Are we just going to green every Dear Prudence column?  Is this about to become "featured content"??
2013-03-06 03:47:59 PM
3 votes:

jennies1897: This woman seriously needs to talk to someone who has dealt with someone who has a serious addiction to video games. I was with a guy who slowly devolved over the four years I lived with him. At first he played more than I expected, which wasn't that big of a deal. We still did things together. Over time, it got to a point where he couldn't hold down a job anymore. I could go days without speaking to him because he was so busy raiding. He turned down sex repeatedly and the rare times we had it at all, it was entirely hate-farking on my part. He spent days on that computer, neglecting himself, me, the apartment. My complaints fell on deaf ears, once in awhile he would encourage me to join him. The guy literally did not realize he was destroying his relationship and was utterly shocked when I finally broke it off. It still bothers me to this day and while I did date another guy who was into online role playing games, I couldn't move forward because the experience wouldn't leave my mind. That's sad and honestly, she should be delighted he only plays 10 hrs a week. That shiat can destroy lives.


So... You're single?
2013-03-06 03:44:27 PM
3 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-03-06 03:02:46 PM
3 votes:
Wah, why can't we just ignore each other in front of the TV like every other couple!?!?!
2013-03-06 06:13:12 PM
2 votes:
The only thing I hid from my wife was what I called my "secret shame". It was my Warhammer 40K Chaos army that I kept in a protective metal case for transport. She already knew I was nerdy but I just felt like that was just a little TOO nerdy for most "normies" to understand. She noticed the case on one of the shelves of my den one day and asked me what it was - "my secret shame" was all I'd tell her. I didn't really want to get in to it when she first asked me, but after that it just was kind of a running joke.

Many years later we got married and at some point she half-seriously demanded to know what was in there, "I married you, didn't? I've earned this!" she insisted. When I showed her what it was her reaction was, "That's it? I already knew you were nerdier than THAT - you have three soldering irons." I couldn't refute her logic.


And the coont from TFA needs to get the fark over it. Her husband likes something she doesn't like... just like most husbands.
2013-03-06 04:31:52 PM
2 votes:

Gifted Many Few: J. Frank Parnell: Gifted Many Few: Not really. Video games are one of the few "hobbies" that doesn't require you to get off your ass.

Actually, most hobbies are like that. The ones which involve physical activity are usually called sports.

No, video games are the laziest of the hobbies. The only activity there is going to the store and buying the game. Even that is being circumvented by Gamefly and DLCs. Name me another you can do if you literally had no legs and were glued to the couch.


I see you have no idea what you are talking about. You know, because all games are created equal and all gamers are just fat slobs.

"Name me another you can do if you literally had no legs and were glued to the couch." *sic*

Posting on Fark.
2013-03-06 04:25:11 PM
2 votes:
I wish I was prudence for a day:

A: This man is obviously a monster of a husband.  It is his duty to only do things you or your kids like or be entertained when you are doing the things you like.  Him quitting smoking and energy drinks, after your well placed and constant encouragement via passive suggestion ,  but being unwilling to give up his last selfish past time is indicative of an extremely addicted and despicable person.  I would suggest you get out of that terrible situation as fast as possible, and find a man who will do nothing but sit at your feet like a dog waiting for the next instruction to please you.
2013-03-06 04:07:42 PM
2 votes:
The only solution is for the husband to go out and bang skanks instead of playing video games.
2013-03-06 03:59:56 PM
2 votes:

89 Stick-Up Kid: just like I don't interfere with teh ghey ass books she reads.


amen, brother. I am in the same boat... though, I like books ..hers just happen to be ghey ass... at least they look that way from the covers.

www.worldoflongmire.com
2013-03-06 03:58:31 PM
2 votes:
Are saying it formed a Rift between them?
2013-03-06 03:56:12 PM
2 votes:

Gifted Many Few: J. Frank Parnell: Gifted Many Few: Not really. Video games are one of the few "hobbies" that doesn't require you to get off your ass.

Actually, most hobbies are like that. The ones which involve physical activity are usually called sports.

No, video games are the laziest of the hobbies. The only activity there is going to the store and buying the game. Even that is being circumvented by Gamefly and DLCs. Name me another you can do if you literally had no legs and were glued to the couch.


Housewife

/runs
2013-03-06 03:43:47 PM
2 votes:
We're sorry he can't do something more civilized like guzzle beer and howl at sports games.

Or simply watch television.

I don't approve of your hobbies because I think they're boring, childish, and beneath me. So you should have to stop doing them because I say so.
2013-03-06 03:27:15 PM
2 votes:
I'm confused, what's the problem here?...is he beating her with the game console?
2013-03-06 03:00:23 PM
2 votes:

Adolf Oliver Nipples: What's the difference?


Video games are evil, duh
2013-03-06 02:29:32 PM
2 votes:

scottydoesntknow: Maybe you should try and get involved with his activity instead of acting like a passive-agressive biatch.

CSB: I kinda hid my gaming from my girlfriend when we first started dating. Never turned it on or talked about any of the games I bought because I figured she didn't care. About 3 months in we're watching TV and she asks "Why don't you ever turn on your Xbox?" I told her it was because I figured she didn't like it. She then asks what games I play and wanted to try one out herself. I had her play Mass Effect. She didn't really get the shooting down too much (has a bad habit of only using one thumb at a time, so she'd run forward, stop turn, stop, run forward, etc.) but eventually got the hang of it and fell in love with the story. She's currently a Lvl 37 Commander on ME2 and loves telling people that (She hates that stuck-up biatch Miranda). We alternate playing now, do co-op, she uses the Kinect to exercise, got into PC gaming a little bit, mainly playing Sims, but started playing Fallout: NV recently.

/CSB


She sounds like a keeper.  Or a fatty.
2013-03-06 02:16:47 PM
2 votes:
He spends several hours a week (10-20) playing these online games!

Wow, this guy needs to talk to a divorce lawyer ASAP.  That woman is crazy
2013-03-07 05:15:23 AM
1 votes:
Sup fatties
2013-03-06 11:37:45 PM
1 votes:

scottydoesntknow: mafiageek1980: scottydoesntknow: Maybe you should try and get involved with his activity instead of acting like a passive-agressive biatch.

CSB: I kinda hid my gaming from my girlfriend when we first started dating. Never turned it on or talked about any of the games I bought because I figured she didn't care. About 3 months in we're watching TV and she asks "Why don't you ever turn on your Xbox?" I told her it was because I figured she didn't like it. She then asks what games I play and wanted to try one out herself. I had her play Mass Effect. She didn't really get the shooting down too much (has a bad habit of only using one thumb at a time, so she'd run forward, stop turn, stop, run forward, etc.) but eventually got the hang of it and fell in love with the story. She's currently a Lvl 37 Commander on ME2 and loves telling people that (She hates that stuck-up biatch Miranda). We alternate playing now, do co-op, she uses the Kinect to exercise, got into PC gaming a little bit, mainly playing Sims, but started playing Fallout: NV recently.

/CSB

I have had a similar experience with my husband's love for sci-fi movies and shows. I've always hated sci-fi and swore that would be "his thing, not mine", but once he got me watching "Battlestar Galactica" (the new version), I've been more understanding and even hooked. I still can't get into Star Trek, but I am a hard-core Whovian now thanks to him.

In turn, I've got him watching "Duck Dynasty", "Cops", and "Toddlers and Tiaras", lol!

Heh we actually have a set-up where I get the big living room TV for my games, but I also brought out our bedroom TV and have it set-up on the coffee table. She can watch her shows while I play my game, or vice versa. We constantly catch ourselves watching what the other person is doing (she was mesmerized by Skyrim and loved watching the dragon battles), and I've seen a lot more of "Toddlers and Tiaras" than I care to admit.


Whoever makes a game involving dragons eating the cast of Toddlers & Tiaras will be a very rich person.
2013-03-06 11:34:16 PM
1 votes:

meat0918: L.D. Ablo: NightSteel: There are plenty of other habits that could be in place of 'video games' here. What if the guy was a gearhead and liked to work on his project car every day?

10-20 hours a week is equivalent to about 1.5-3 hours per day. It'd be like watching a movie or a ballgame every evening. That's really not so much.

There's a huge difference.

Someone who knows how to wrench can make a business out of it.  Restore that old car and you can monetize its sale.  You could start a business restoring cars.  You end up with something of value and that value can be transferred to someone else.

I've had a longtime hobby that's becoming a career in my semi-retirement.

Had I spent the past 15 years playing games, I wouldn't have shiat.

You can't take 100 hours of gameplay and sell it or give it to someone.  100 hours in my shop produces tangible goods that can be used or sold.

Videogames are a waste of life.

What the hell is with this (seemingly, I don't know if it is prevalent in other countries) American obsession with turning a hobby into a business venture?  This "ideal" that if you cannot make money with some activity, it is useless and should be discarded?

Can't a hobby just stay a hobby without someone saying "Wow, you're really good at that, maybe you should go into business for yourself."?


That's how prostitution got started. Some guy said, "Boy, having mind blowing orgasms isn't enough - I have to monetize them!".

And that's how Ezekiel Ben-Israel became the first Hebrew Gigolo.
2013-03-06 08:09:05 PM
1 votes:

Kraftwerk Orange: Gifted Many Few: J. Frank Parnell: Gifted Many Few: Not really. Video games are one of the few "hobbies" that doesn't require you to get off your ass.

Actually, most hobbies are like that. The ones which involve physical activity are usually called sports.

No, video games are the laziest of the hobbies. The only activity there is going to the store and buying the game. Even that is being circumvented by Gamefly and DLCs. Name me another you can do if you literally had no legs and were glued to the couch.

It could be worse.  He could be an audiophile, and enjoy listening to music for hours on end, sitting in the "sweet spot" with the lights turned off (because it sounds better that way).


I resemble that...
2013-03-06 07:59:48 PM
1 votes:
10-20 hours a week??? the horror!!!!!

10-20 hours a day sounds better.

not that I would have any idea about that or anything.
2013-03-06 07:38:08 PM
1 votes:
Good lord people. Watching TV is not a hobby. It's a means to soften that pudding brain so the zombies can chew it easier.
2013-03-06 06:01:23 PM
1 votes:
I'm not addicted.  I can quit right after I win this MMORPG.
2013-03-06 06:00:15 PM
1 votes:

quizzical: DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Have you ever walked up to someone reading a book to ask a question and were told "Not now!  I'm in the middle of a chapter!"

All the time at my house!  My husband and I have a rule - if you're within the last 50 pages of a book, you can tell the other person to go away until you finish your story.


I wish my ex had understood that simple concept.  I'm on the last chapter of a book and out of no where, "take me shopping right now."  An argument will ensue.

/a jury of avid book readers would have acquited me of murder
2013-03-06 05:08:27 PM
1 votes:

fawlty: you're


you're? farking you're? really? goddammitsomuch!
2013-03-06 05:02:34 PM
1 votes:

J. Frank Parnell: Gifted Many Few: No, video games are the laziest of the hobbies. The only activity there is going to the store and buying the game.

Reading, writing, model construction, pottery, wood carving, and tole painting, are all equally 'lazy'.

You could really just go down a list of every hobby known to man and the majority, if not all, involve sitting you your ass for long periods while doing them.


mountain biking. I sit on my ass a lot doing that.


/I'm doing it wrong.
2013-03-06 04:44:50 PM
1 votes:

fawlty: meat0918: What the hell is with this (seemingly, I don't know if it is prevalent in other countries) American obsession with turning a hobby into a business venture?

Because we all hate our jobs and would love to make money doing something we enjoy. The irony is, the minute it becomes a "job," we don't enjoy doing it anymore.


You said it, buddy.  Being a porn-star/astronaut is NOT as fun as I thought it would be.
2013-03-06 04:39:16 PM
1 votes:
Hey, doesn't anybody have a significant other that they share their gaming hobby with?

'Cause that sounds like it would make a fascinating story.
2013-03-06 04:24:14 PM
1 votes:

L.D. Ablo: NightSteel: There are plenty of other habits that could be in place of 'video games' here. What if the guy was a gearhead and liked to work on his project car every day?
10-20 hours a week is equivalent to about 1.5-3 hours per day. It'd be like watching a movie or a ballgame every evening. That's really not so much.
There's a huge difference.
Someone who knows how to wrench can make a business out of it.  Restore that old car and you can monetize its sale.  You could start a business restoring cars.  You end up with something of value and that value can be transferred to someone else.
I've had a longtime hobby that's becoming a career in my semi-retirement.
Had I spent the past 15 years playing games, I wouldn't have shiat.
You can't take 100 hours of gameplay and sell it or give it to someone.  100 hours in my shop produces tangible goods that can be used or sold.
Videogames are a waste of life.


Actually, you can. People have been making money selling virtual video game goods for years. You spend 100 hours leveling up a character, you can sell it and all the cool items you got. That was the hook with Diablo 3, the real-money auction house.

Other people play games professionally. They go to tournaments, get sponsored, and turn their video game skills into cash. So again, video game skills, in the long run, can translate to cash.

So video games can be just as profitable as any other activity, even your hobbies. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it isn't true. Reality is not defined by your ignorance.
2013-03-06 04:22:43 PM
1 votes:

kid_icarus: I'm confused, what's the problem here?...is he beating her with the game console?


I believe the monster replaced the dead batteries in his controller with the ones out of her hello kitty salad shooter, or something.  That asshole.
2013-03-06 04:22:25 PM
1 votes:

Two16: WhippingBoy: The only smart solution is for the husband to go out, divorce his biatch wife and bang skanks sweet young things instead of playing who also love to play video games.


Where's the poetic justice in that?

"Well honey, the reason you've now got incurable genital warts is because you didn't want me playing Skyrim."
2013-03-06 04:13:32 PM
1 votes:

meat0918: //The kids aren't old enough yet for Cards Against Humanity


gsa.thegamernation.org
2013-03-06 04:13:27 PM
1 votes:

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: FTA:"There are husbands everywhere who spend all their free time looking at porn, or training for triathlons, or conducting affairs."

One of these things is not like the other.


Well, if we assume the porn is gay porn, and the affair is a homosexual affair, the triathlete will fit right in.
/ especially if he has an oval "70.3" bumper sticker on his car.
// I kid, I kid.  But there are some crazy women out there who call themselves "running widows" and the like, because they think their husband has been lost to his endurance sports.  It's become pretty common to analogize it with an affair.
/// I dated one of those.  To be fair I spend significantly more than 20 hours a week running, so the argument was a little more credible than this lady's.  But at the end of the day, she gave me an ultimatum of her or running.  So now I'm single again.
2013-03-06 04:11:58 PM
1 votes:

soporific: you have to understand that you can't play games the way you did as a kid.


Actually I can play a lot more now. Back then my mom would make me go outside.
2013-03-06 04:11:46 PM
1 votes:

scottydoesntknow: Maybe you should try and get involved with his activity instead of acting like a passive-agressive biatch.

CSB: I kinda hid my gaming from my girlfriend when we first started dating. Never turned it on or talked about any of the games I bought because I figured she didn't care. About 3 months in we're watching TV and she asks "Why don't you ever turn on your Xbox?" I told her it was because I figured she didn't like it. She then asks what games I play and wanted to try one out herself. I had her play Mass Effect. She didn't really get the shooting down too much (has a bad habit of only using one thumb at a time, so she'd run forward, stop turn, stop, run forward, etc.) but eventually got the hang of it and fell in love with the story. She's currently a Lvl 37 Commander on ME2 and loves telling people that (She hates that stuck-up biatch Miranda). We alternate playing now, do co-op, she uses the Kinect to exercise, got into PC gaming a little bit, mainly playing Sims, but started playing Fallout: NV recently.

/CSB


In Lana (from Archer)'s voice.  NEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWP.

A big part of what makes my hobby my hobby IS THAT ITS MY HOBBY.  I don't want a woman to foist herself onto every aspect of my life.  I need alone time and time to do stuff just for me. If a woman wants to get into game, buy her her own Xbox and hook it up in the bedroom...  Alternating who gets to play what when is just annoying... And split screen games suck.
2013-03-06 04:10:11 PM
1 votes:
Q: "He spends his leisure time not watching my shows with me, and instead doing things he has habitually done for years that he finds stimulating"

R: "You are probably boring.  Do something cooler with your leisure time like not watching the same farking CSI Reruns you've seen 3 times and maybe he'll want to spend less time doing that."
2013-03-06 04:07:06 PM
1 votes:

Gifted Many Few: How do gamers ever spend enough time away from a TV to form a relationship and get married?


Well DUH - they meet people at game shops of course. At least that's where I met my husband.

We were all part of the same D&D game that got together once a week at this place in Pinellas
called Magic Mike's (waaaaaaay before the movie). Our characters got together before we did.
So sad...
2013-03-06 04:06:45 PM
1 votes:

Elzar: Workout a resolution... say trade a little more anal time for a little less game time

/ sounds resonable


If they do it from behind, he can rest his laptop on her back and play while he farks her.
2013-03-06 04:02:40 PM
1 votes:

Gifted Many Few: falcon176: I'm sure there's plenty of women who wish their husband's only flaw was "he plays video games 10-20 hours a week" holy shiat

Chances are that is not the only flaw. Others are probably obesity, quick temper, flatulence, and neglect.


Not rich, etc...
2013-03-06 03:58:38 PM
1 votes:
At least I got chicken.
2013-03-06 03:56:38 PM
1 votes:

Gifted Many Few: J. Frank Parnell: Gifted Many Few: Not really. Video games are one of the few "hobbies" that doesn't require you to get off your ass.

Actually, most hobbies are like that. The ones which involve physical activity are usually called sports.

No, video games are the laziest of the hobbies. The only activity there is going to the store and buying the game. Even that is being circumvented by Gamefly and DLCs. Name me another you can do if you literally had no legs and were glued to the couch.


It could be worse.  He could be an audiophile, and enjoy listening to music for hours on end, sitting in the "sweet spot" with the lights turned off (because it sounds better that way).
2013-03-06 03:56:08 PM
1 votes:

meat0918: Cards Against Humanity


so much fun.  easily a staple of the drunken get together
2013-03-06 03:52:04 PM
1 votes:
I'd wager most people watch more than 10 hours of tv a week, but we don't call them tv addicts.  At least video games are interactive and have been proven to stimulate and improve parts of the mind and physical coordination.  Conclusion: she's a stupid biatch.
2013-03-06 03:51:41 PM
1 votes:
lh3.googleusercontent.com
2013-03-06 03:48:59 PM
1 votes:

jennies1897: This woman seriously needs to talk to someone who has dealt with someone who has a serious addiction to video games. I was with a guy who slowly devolved over the four years I lived with him. At first he played more than I expected, which wasn't that big of a deal. We still did things together. Over time, it got to a point where he couldn't hold down a job anymore. I could go days without speaking to him because he was so busy raiding. He turned down sex repeatedly and the rare times we had it at all, it was entirely hate-farking on my part. He spent days on that computer, neglecting himself, me, the apartment. My complaints fell on deaf ears, once in awhile he would encourage me to join him. The guy literally did not realize he was destroying his relationship and was utterly shocked when I finally broke it off. It still bothers me to this day and while I did date another guy who was into online role playing games, I couldn't move forward because the experience wouldn't leave my mind. That's sad and honestly, she should be delighted he only plays 10 hrs a week. That shiat can destroy lives.


So can drugs, booze, eating, gambling, women, disease and Fark,
2013-03-06 03:45:25 PM
1 votes:

ladyfortuna: I met Lordfortuna through match.com, but we first 'met' in WoW before having a real life meeting. We play lots of games together, except for lately I'm playing Halo 4 and he hates console shooters, so he's not entirely happy about it, but he'll get over it.


For his next birthday:
http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Mouse-Keyboard-Converter-Playstation-3/d p/ B0040UAYI4
2013-03-06 03:44:40 PM
1 votes:
Workout a resolution... say trade a little more anal time for a little less game time

/ sounds resonable
2013-03-06 03:44:28 PM
1 votes:
She wishes he'd watch more TV instead? Because passively staring at a screen is so much better, right?

Really says something for the sad state of things when watching TV is considered doing something together.
2013-03-06 03:41:47 PM
1 votes:
Playing video games was one of my ex wife's complaints. Hey i don't mind if you want to watch teenmomhoardercelebrityinterventionrehab, so don't get pissy when i play a game when you do...
2013-03-06 02:46:17 PM
1 votes:

serial_crusher: scottydoesntknow: Maybe you should try and get involved with his activity instead of acting like a passive-agressive biatch.

CSB: I kinda hid my gaming from my girlfriend when we first started dating. Never turned it on or talked about any of the games I bought because I figured she didn't care. About 3 months in we're watching TV and she asks "Why don't you ever turn on your Xbox?" I told her it was because I figured she didn't like it. She then asks what games I play and wanted to try one out herself. I had her play Mass Effect. She didn't really get the shooting down too much (has a bad habit of only using one thumb at a time, so she'd run forward, stop turn, stop, run forward, etc.) but eventually got the hang of it and fell in love with the story. She's currently a Lvl 37 Commander on ME2 and loves telling people that (She hates that stuck-up biatch Miranda). We alternate playing now, do co-op, she uses the Kinect to exercise, got into PC gaming a little bit, mainly playing Sims, but started playing Fallout: NV recently.

/CSB

She sounds like a keeper.  Or a fatty.


Let me just say god bless those Kinect workout games. She always looked great, but damn those things work you out and she loves it.

And yea definitely a keeper. I'll tell you though, you learn a lot by watching the decisions people make in games. She's the sweetest person I've ever known IRL, but put her behind a controller and she will digitally biatch slap anyone she can. She's a full renegade Shep and is only nice to Jacob (although she doesn't know he dumps her and knocks a biatch up between ME2 & 3) and Garrus. She also likes Grunt because he's a badass and he reminds her of Wrex ("Shepard").
 
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