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(Kotaku)   It seems the human body may not have been designed to cope with 90+ hours of gaming   (kotaku.com) divider line 63
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2014-06-03 07:58:16 AM  
47 hours is my record. Not worth it.
 
2014-06-03 08:28:38 AM  
I don't think I've ever done 90 hours in a year, let alone in a stretch.

I did put in my time play Space Quest or Infocom games, but that was about the limit, and I don't think more than 3 or 4 hours at a time.  I suppose I just don't understand how someone could do that, or why.  I have a XBox (360), but some of the games are still in shrink wrap and have been for months if not years.
 
2014-06-03 09:52:50 AM  
I stayed awake once for 2.5 days give or take a few hours.  By the time I groggily went to bed, I thought I was Ethel Merman.
 
2014-06-03 10:32:42 AM  
Most I've done at once was about 12 hours playing Gran Turismo at a friend's house. He didn't have a memory card and we didn't want to shut it off.

I have done many hours daily for a couple weeks on games like Skyrim (135 hours in 15 days) and GTAV (80 hours in two weeks).

Like it was my job.
 
2014-06-03 10:38:16 AM  

UberDave: I stayed awake once for 2.5 days give or take a few hours.  By the time I groggily went to bed, I thought I was Ethel Merman.


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2014-06-03 10:49:58 AM  
It's almost as if there was a Guinness Book of Records category for gaming until you die.
 
2014-06-03 10:52:44 AM  

Mr. Fuzzypaws: Most I've done at once was about 12 hours playing Gran Turismo at a friend's house. He didn't have a memory card and we didn't want to shut it off.

I have done many hours daily for a couple weeks on games like Skyrim (135 hours in 15 days) and GTAV (80 hours in two weeks).

Like it was my job.


I've done MMOs and Civilization in 14 hour stretches and in 10 hours/day for weeks routines. But that was back in my slacker days. I might play a game for a couple of hours after I put the kids to bed and pick up some clutter and then hate myself for it in the morning.
 
2014-06-03 10:57:19 AM  
He could probably do it with drugs.
 
2014-06-03 10:59:14 AM  
I was always amused when people in Guild Wars would compare e-peens using the /age command. It would show your hours played in the game (really just hours logged in) and there were people who were actually PROUD that just over 4 years into the game they had logged 3000 hours.

Just to clarify, that means over the course of 4 years they had been playing EVERY DAY, on average for nearly 8 hours since the day it launched.

It was at that point that I realized I was never going to be "good" at MMOs and stopped trying. I simply cannot fathom how utterly sad my life would have to be to devote it that heavily to ANY one thing, much less a temporary digital story.
 
2014-06-03 11:05:54 AM  

skozlaw: I was always amused when people in Guild Wars would compare e-peens using the /age command. It would show your hours played in the game (really just hours logged in) and there were people who were actually PROUD that just over 4 years into the game they had logged 3000 hours.

Just to clarify, that means over the course of 4 years they had been playing EVERY DAY, on average for nearly 8 hours since the day it launched.

It was at that point that I realized I was never going to be "good" at MMOs and stopped trying. I simply cannot fathom how utterly sad my life would have to be to devote it that heavily to ANY one thing, much less a temporary digital story.


Whoops, the people that logged 3000 hours in the first year, I meant. The people that were playing over 4 years were reporting played times north of 10,000 hours.
 
2014-06-03 11:09:33 AM  
I can do 70+ hours awake without drugs, so, while I could do it, I wouldn't want to....Having the insomniac gene sucks.
 
2014-06-03 11:11:36 AM  

skozlaw: skozlaw: I was always amused when people in Guild Wars would compare e-peens using the /age command. It would show your hours played in the game (really just hours logged in) and there were people who were actually PROUD that just over 4 years into the game they had logged 3000 hours.

Just to clarify, that means over the course of 4 years they had been playing EVERY DAY, on average for nearly 8 hours since the day it launched.

It was at that point that I realized I was never going to be "good" at MMOs and stopped trying. I simply cannot fathom how utterly sad my life would have to be to devote it that heavily to ANY one thing, much less a temporary digital story.

Whoops, the people that logged 3000 hours in the first year, I meant. The people that were playing over 4 years were reporting played times north of 10,000 hours.


That's just retarded.  Just think, some people have Call of Duty times like that....Don't get me wrong, I like me some twitch shooting from time to time, but thousands of hours in a single year....f that.
 
2014-06-03 11:12:19 AM  
I got tired just reading the article.
 
2014-06-03 11:12:57 AM  
Flesh is weak.

I want to become Fleet Command.
 
2014-06-03 11:19:44 AM  
Not with that attitude.
 
2014-06-03 11:21:33 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: 47 hours is my record. Not worth it.


33

It was indeed a bad idea.
 
2014-06-03 11:30:57 AM  

skozlaw: I was always amused when people in Guild Wars would compare e-peens using the /age command. It would show your hours played in the game (really just hours logged in) and there were people who were actually PROUD that just over 4 years into the game they had logged 3000 hours.

Just to clarify, that means over the course of 4 years they had been playing EVERY DAY, on average for nearly 8 hours since the day it launched.

It was at that point that I realized I was never going to be "good" at MMOs and stopped trying. I simply cannot fathom how utterly sad my life would have to be to devote it that heavily to ANY one thing, much less a temporary digital story.


As an avid MMO player, I can say, a good 80-90% of that time isn't actually spent playing the game.

I have more hours logged in games than I'd like to admit (MMO's specifically). The majority of that time though, is spent idling while logged in - sometimes actively in the game chatting, more often tabbed out playing another game, watching a movie or TV show, reading dumb websites like fark, or sometimes just leaving it logged in while i go out. (Usually i turn it off first. but not always).

I'd say for every 10 hours I have logged in to a game, probably only about 2 of them were actually spent playing it, and maybe 3 I was actively paying attention to it at all. I'd be shocked if this wasn't the case for the vast majority of players. (Sure, there are outliers who actually sit there playing for 12-14 hours at a time never looking away. But again, outliers).
 
2014-06-03 11:31:31 AM  
I had a friend who got Diablo II, installed it, played it for 36 hours continuously, and then never played it again.
 
2014-06-03 11:35:24 AM  
I guess my record would be about 24 hours, maybe a bit more, playing EverQuest 2000-2001ish. I can still game for long stretches, but my maximum in recent years would probably be 12 hours or so. Although that would be an anomaly as I find I get bored with any game after a few hours anymore.
 
2014-06-03 11:39:17 AM  
i think like... 10 consecutive hours of gaming without a break was the most i've ever done

nowadays as an adult this is how it goes for me: 5min in i'm just bumbling around, 25min in i'm totally focused, 45min in i'm at my peak, 1 hour i start thinking about other things, 2 hours i'm tired, 3 hours i don't want to look at a computer screen for the rest of the day

one reason it took me a couple weeks to finish epic single player games back in the day and now it takes me months

on the flip side by taking my time i'm less inclined to get bored or buy more games
 
2014-06-03 11:43:17 AM  
and the best part is that YOU are the one being gamed.............
 
2014-06-03 11:44:30 AM  

Fubini: I had a friend who got Diablo II, installed it, played it for 36 hours continuously, and then never played it again.



be realized in one fell swoop that he was the one being gamed. that he was wasting his time and accomplishing nothing, outside of entertainment.
 
2014-06-03 11:47:40 AM  

whistlerdash: skozlaw: I was always amused when people in Guild Wars would compare e-peens using the /age command. It would show your hours played in the game (really just hours logged in) and there were people who were actually PROUD that just over 4 years into the game they had logged 3000 hours.

Just to clarify, that means over the course of 4 years they had been playing EVERY DAY, on average for nearly 8 hours since the day it launched.

It was at that point that I realized I was never going to be "good" at MMOs and stopped trying. I simply cannot fathom how utterly sad my life would have to be to devote it that heavily to ANY one thing, much less a temporary digital story.

As an avid MMO player, I can say, a good 80-90% of that time isn't actually spent playing the game.

I have more hours logged in games than I'd like to admit (MMO's specifically). The majority of that time though, is spent idling while logged in - sometimes actively in the game chatting, more often tabbed out playing another game, watching a movie or TV show, reading dumb websites like fark, or sometimes just leaving it logged in while i go out. (Usually i turn it off first. but not always).

I'd say for every 10 hours I have logged in to a game, probably only about 2 of them were actually spent playing it, and maybe 3 I was actively paying attention to it at all. I'd be shocked if this wasn't the case for the vast majority of players. (Sure, there are outliers who actually sit there playing for 12-14 hours at a time never looking away. But again, outliers).


The original auction systems (or lack of them) back in the day you had to be logged in to sell stuff - either just clicking a sell macro shout from time to time and waiting to get a response, or the first in-game auction systems tended to have your character standing there selling stuff while you were away based on predefined settings, but still requiring you to be logged in to the game (to boost their active player numbers I guess). So something like my Everquest account probably 90% of the "played" time was probably not spent playing the game, maybe more.
 
2014-06-03 11:47:44 AM  
I just remembered I did a 24 hour run on Burnout Paradise with a bunch of friends. We started with about 15 and only 4 made it the entire 24 hours.
 
2014-06-03 11:47:58 AM  

skeevy420: I can do 70+ hours awake without drugs, so, while I could do it, I wouldn't want to....Having the insomniac gene sucks.



you need to become One with the game. once inside the game, it's even better!
 
2014-06-03 11:51:53 AM  
So that's like maybe 11 points in Desert Bus then? Probably close to a high score...
 
2014-06-03 11:56:21 AM  
Meat is weak

farewell flesh

hello upload

be the game
 
2014-06-03 11:57:18 AM  
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/oblig
 
2014-06-03 12:00:29 PM  
EverQuest

Aegis of Life quest

Rare spawn in the Karanas on a 4-hour timer

Had to kill the mob twice

I think I was up for 3 days getting it done.
 
2014-06-03 12:05:47 PM  

whistlerdash: I'd say for every 10 hours I have logged in to a game, probably only about 2 of them were actually spent playing it, and maybe 3 I was actively paying attention to it at all. I'd be shocked if this wasn't the case for the vast majority of players. (Sure, there are outliers who actually sit there playing for 12-14 hours at a time never looking away. But again, outliers).


I'm surprised that you think that this is normal for people. During my MMO/WoW days for every 10 hours I had logged in I was playing for 9.5 of those. Unless you're waiting for a queue or event to pop, why log in to just sit there and do nothing?

I think I had about 160-180 days /played over the course of 6-7 years or so by the time I stopped. Virtually all of that was actually doing stuff. Even when I was waiting for a queue to pop I was off doing other things.
 
2014-06-03 12:06:15 PM  
Was the guy playing Desert Bus?
 
2014-06-03 12:13:39 PM  
The farked up part is he got over $9,000 in donations during the event...
 
2014-06-03 12:19:33 PM  

CtrlAltDestroy: I'm surprised that you think that this is normal for people. During my MMO/WoW days for every 10 hours I had logged in I was playing for 9.5 of those. Unless you're waiting for a queue or event to pop, why log in to just sit there and do nothing?

I think I had about 160-180 days /played over the course of 6-7 years or so by the time I stopped. Virtually all of that was actually doing stuff. Even when I was waiting for a queue to pop I was off doing other things.


a surprising amount of it is just that - waiting for a queue or event. I might know something is gonna happen in 2-3 hours - or a queue will take an hour, so i'll log in, hop in queue, and go do other stuff for a while, and come back to the game when it's about ready.

other times, it's just out of habit. I'll log in, realize "Oh. I have nothing to do here. at all. Well, I'll go do something else", but I stay logged in both because it really isn't hurting me to do so, and if I do decide to do something later on, it simply saves me a step.
 
2014-06-03 12:19:52 PM  
geez I thought he was dead of a DVT
don't smoke
 
2014-06-03 12:22:11 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: I don't think I've ever done 90 hours in a year, let alone in a stretch.

I did put in my time play Space Quest or Infocom games, but that was about the limit, and I don't think more than 3 or 4 hours at a time.  I suppose I just don't understand how someone could do that, or why.


Uh, maybe you should see a doctor.

Not being able to do a task for more than 3-4 hours at a time kinda rules you out for even leaving your house.
 
2014-06-03 12:30:21 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: 47 hours is my record. Not worth it.


I played Everquest for 24 hours one time just to see if I could do it. I could. I am old now, probably couldn't without something stronger than caffeine.
 
2014-06-03 12:36:37 PM  
That's a good way to go insane.
 
2014-06-03 12:39:16 PM  
I've done 16 straight hours of Diablo 3 - Reaper of Souls when it first came out. Took a 4 hour nap and played 6 more hours before crashing.

I still need to find that damned Wand of Woh.
 
2014-06-03 12:42:53 PM  

mainstreet62: I've done 16 straight hours of Diablo 3 - Reaper of Souls when it first came out. Took a 4 hour nap and played 6 more hours before crashing.


So you played it for... what... six minutes then?
lh4.ggpht.com
 
2014-06-03 01:09:38 PM  

skozlaw: skozlaw: I was always amused when people in Guild Wars would compare e-peens using the /age command. It would show your hours played in the game (really just hours logged in) and there were people who were actually PROUD that just over 4 years into the game they had logged 3000 hours.

Just to clarify, that means over the course of 4 years they had been playing EVERY DAY, on average for nearly 8 hours since the day it launched.

It was at that point that I realized I was never going to be "good" at MMOs and stopped trying. I simply cannot fathom how utterly sad my life would have to be to devote it that heavily to ANY one thing, much less a temporary digital story.

Whoops, the people that logged 3000 hours in the first year, I meant. The people that were playing over 4 years were reporting played times north of 10,000 hours.


Yeah, people overdo the whole mmo thing, I was in a tip-top ranked guild and had people like this doing minion work for me in exchange for trash epics so everyone wins, I just log on to do the part of the game I enjoy a few times a week and they get to be proud of their guild tags, and epics.
*shrug* some folks overdo things  I remember the same conversation in my guild except people were bragging over having more than 1 game-year ingame on their account
thats 24 hours a day 7 days a week, for a year, which is absolute madness.
 
2014-06-03 01:13:59 PM  
I actually really like the fact that modern games are more likely to have a "time" counter.  It gives me an idea as to whether I've spent too little/too much time on a game.  Obviously, "too little" is such that the cost of the game per hour of play is something where I should have spent my money elsewhere (shakes tiny fist at Alice Returns -- farking jumps are ridiculously hard too soon in the game), but "too much" is a bit of a tricky thing to contemplate.


I did the math once, and I figure I have about 1600 hours of definite "discretionary time" a year or less.  So something like 3000 hours a year is batshiat insane -- unless, as others suggest, much of that time was just idled time where you were logged in and doing nothing, just letting the game clock run.  I could see that in Progress Quest, for example.

Since I'm largely broke, I'm a little more likely to spend my "discretionary time" gaming -- more than I'd like, but at least I'm not facing serious consequences of a high bar/meal tab, parking fees, cover charges, et al.

Right now, B2 is what's driving my "Ugh, I'm spending too much time on this" mentality, and that's because I've spent 170-180 hours on it already and only advanced a few characters.  I've really gotta figure out how to powerlevel in that game -- not using the cheats, but similar.
 
2014-06-03 01:16:43 PM  

DaStompa: skozlaw: skozlaw: I was always amused when people in Guild Wars would compare e-peens using the /age command. It would show your hours played in the game (really just hours logged in) and there were people who were actually PROUD that just over 4 years into the game they had logged 3000 hours.

Just to clarify, that means over the course of 4 years they had been playing EVERY DAY, on average for nearly 8 hours since the day it launched.

It was at that point that I realized I was never going to be "good" at MMOs and stopped trying. I simply cannot fathom how utterly sad my life would have to be to devote it that heavily to ANY one thing, much less a temporary digital story.

Whoops, the people that logged 3000 hours in the first year, I meant. The people that were playing over 4 years were reporting played times north of 10,000 hours.

Yeah, people overdo the whole mmo thing, I was in a tip-top ranked guild and had people like this doing minion work for me in exchange for trash epics so everyone wins, I just log on to do the part of the game I enjoy a few times a week and they get to be proud of their guild tags, and epics.
*shrug* some folks overdo things  I remember the same conversation in my guild except people were bragging over having more than 1 game-year ingame on their account
thats 24 hours a day 7 days a week, for a year, which is absolute madness.


Do they just stay logged on?  Why would the designers allow that -- I'd think at some point they'd "bump" inactives.
 
2014-06-03 01:23:26 PM  

skozlaw: skozlaw: I was always amused when people in Guild Wars would compare e-peens using the /age command. It would show your hours played in the game (really just hours logged in) and there were people who were actually PROUD that just over 4 years into the game they had logged 3000 hours.

Just to clarify, that means over the course of 4 years they had been playing EVERY DAY, on average for nearly 8 hours since the day it launched.

It was at that point that I realized I was never going to be "good" at MMOs and stopped trying. I simply cannot fathom how utterly sad my life would have to be to devote it that heavily to ANY one thing, much less a temporary digital story.

Whoops, the people that logged 3000 hours in the first year, I meant. The people that were playing over 4 years were reporting played times north of 10,000 hours.


Assuming an even amount of play every day, that's 8.2 hours a day.  Feasible, but barely.

Of course, if you have a scenario where you have no need to work or go to school, and only need 6 hours to sleep plus two to do basic food in/poop out functions, it's feasible to spend 5800 hours a year gaming.  But of course, if you have 5800 hours of leisure time a year, why are you gaming?
 
2014-06-03 01:42:24 PM  

spawn73: I_Am_Weasel: I don't think I've ever done 90 hours in a year, let alone in a stretch.

I did put in my time play Space Quest or Infocom games, but that was about the limit, and I don't think more than 3 or 4 hours at a time.  I suppose I just don't understand how someone could do that, or why.

Uh, maybe you should see a doctor.

Not being able to do a task for more than 3-4 hours at a time kinda rules you out for even leaving your house.


can't speak for weasel, i used to be able to play video games for super long stretches but just can't anymore... now other activities like working? hiking? whatever? i can do those nonstop almost all day with a few breaks here and there... but i can't stomach doing the same with video games, just doesn't seem like fun anymore
 
2014-06-03 01:49:39 PM  

spawn73: I_Am_Weasel: I don't think I've ever done 90 hours in a year, let alone in a stretch.

I did put in my time play Space Quest or Infocom games, but that was about the limit, and I don't think more than 3 or 4 hours at a time.  I suppose I just don't understand how someone could do that, or why.

Uh, maybe you should see a doctor.

Not being able to do a task for more than 3-4 hours at a time kinda rules you out for even leaving your house.


I should see a doctor because I don't play video games for more than 4 hours at a time?

That seems a bit judgemental.
 
2014-06-03 01:50:20 PM  
yeah Gaming for 90+ hours...ok

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/ sizzling
 
2014-06-03 01:59:12 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: spawn73: I_Am_Weasel: I don't think I've ever done 90 hours in a year, let alone in a stretch.

I did put in my time play Space Quest or Infocom games, but that was about the limit, and I don't think more than 3 or 4 hours at a time.  I suppose I just don't understand how someone could do that, or why.

Uh, maybe you should see a doctor.

Not being able to do a task for more than 3-4 hours at a time kinda rules you out for even leaving your house.

I should see a doctor because I don't play video games for more than 4 hours at a time?

That seems a bit judgemental.


If you can't, then you have a medical problem.

What you meant to say is "after 3-4 hours I get bored".
 
2014-06-03 02:06:16 PM  

spawn73: What you meant to say is "after 3-4 hours I get bored".


Do you have to try to be such an annoying twat or does it just come naturally?
 
2014-06-03 02:16:59 PM  

skozlaw: spawn73: What you meant to say is "after 3-4 hours I get bored".

Do you have to try to be such an annoying twat or does it just come naturally?


Getting it all out here makes me a better person.
 
2014-06-03 02:31:38 PM  

Linux_Yes: accomplishing nothing, outside of entertainment.


Yeah! Next let'shiat up the library and show those  foolshow to properly live!
 
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