FFD: How much do you play a day?

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Contrary to song lyrics, time doesn’t seem to be on my side these days. It’s already time to finish up Halloween and start buying presents for the holidays. The year has flown by, and each evening and weekend seems to be over before it started. It seems time management is required for me to even get to play all the games I want, and it’s only going to get worse for me.

Now that I’m going to be spawning, people have ranged with comments from “don’t worry, I still play games for hours every day” to “you won’t have time to shower, let alone play games”. My plan is to play The Witcher 3 during maternity leave, but that might be rather ambitious. Even now my gaming time simply isn’t as ample as it once was.

As a kid, I could easily play games for hours every day, and as a university student, I remember some weekends where I sunk 12-15 hours into a game… per day. Now, I consider it an extremely gaming-filled Sunday if I’m able to get 8 consecutive hours of gaming in. There are just far too many obligations; maybe I should hire a PA to help free up some more gaming time.

But then I hear about people finishing certain games within days or weeks and I have to wonder just how many hours they’re able to play each day. Are they that much faster at gameplay, or does a day of gaming mean something different to them?

Most of my gaming tends to happen between 5pm and 11pm during the week, with my timing being much less consistent on the weekends thanks to social engagements and whatnot. So weekend gaming can range from starting anywhere between 8-10 in the morning and finishing anywhere from 11pm-1am, although it’s never for that many hours straight anymore. I still consider myself lucky with the amount of time I get to spend playing games, although those hours seem to be dwindling as time goes by.

How many hours do you get to sink into your favorite games every day, and just how much sleep are you sacrificing for it?

Last Updated: October 23, 2015

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Around 4 hours a day and around 9-11 hours (per day) on weekends (averages of course).

    • Not bad. Me around 2-3 a night, Sunday a good 8 hours. Spend most of Sat drinking beer watching reviews and such of gaming.

      • I spend most work days watching reviews xD

        • Haha, I spend most work time talking shit here too πŸ˜‰

  • I was recently at a rather awesome mate’s house. His wife had recently given birth to what can only be described as a Viking baby. Viking in size, and in how much he eats. She barely had time to sleep let alone play games. πŸ™‚ Just saying tehehe #SP4Eva #Gaming4Eva

  • (Umar) Must be Cipher

    Mostly about 2 hours in the week from 9-11pm, 2 hours during bus rides to and from work (Vita and 3DS) and 5-8 hours on a weekend….Man, I actually still play a lot of games…You tend to think as you grow older and you get more responsibility, your gaming time gets less, which it does, but you kind of adjust and it doesn’t feel as foreign as you’d imagine it to be.

    When I started working though, and eventually got married, my gaming time was cut so much shorter, I can remember being incredibly agitated 90% of the time, but once you get into the groove of things, and it will probably the same once I’m a PAPA (whenever that may be), once you adjust, it won’t be that bad….

    • How do you have time to JRPG tentacle play then? 0_O

      • (Umar) Must be Cipher

        Remote play when in the loo

        • 0_O I… I… Shouldn’t have asked πŸ™

          • (Umar) Must be Cipher

            YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH

          • Whimper

        • Brady miaau

          Yeah, my wife makes serious comments about my loo time with my cellphone.

          • (Umar) Must be Cipher

            Old story in my marriage lol She knows when I’m in the loo, she won’t see me for at least 30 minutes. They have to understand, loo time is our alone time.

          • Brady miaau

            indeed! Sometimes, the only peace that can be had for a short time.

          • (Umar) Must be Cipher

            Same lol hahaha….(I love you, wife, if you’re reading this)

          • Banana Jim reads everything 0_O

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            *a-LOO-ne time. πŸ˜‰

          • Get in the corner, you’re trying too damn hard!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’m nowhere near are trying as you are!

          • Maybe, but I don’t try to be trying!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Do or do not, there is no try. ;P

          • (Umar) Must be Cipher

            AGH……I think I just got a viral infection from that post lol

          • lol

  • Brady miaau

    Maybe two to three hours every 2nd night. Weekends, weekdays, pretty much the same. I stay up the the same amount of time, wake up pretty much the same time.

    Only at night, sometimes can play during the day when the toddler (2 in a month!) naps. She cannot see me play Witcher 3, for example, and I feel strongly that no baby, even of six months or whatever, be in a position to even once see some sort of monster attack or something on the TV screen. Toddlers and babies have enough crap to worry about.

  • Viking Of Science

    I get a lot of gaming in on friday nights when not going out. I boot up at around five and often play until 3 a.m….

    • Mossel

      That’s the most blissful time to play games. No distractions, no obligations, just continuous game time!

  • ElFakio

    Usually from 8-11pm weekdays which is usually only enough time for a few games of dota. Weekend it about 6-9 hours a day . Its why I take so long with games like witcher 3,dragon age and shadow of mordor .Friends finish them in weeks but for me it is always months

  • PoisonedBelial

    Not enough. #busyadulting

    • I know them feels. πŸ™

    • (Umar) Must be Cipher

      True dat….true dat.

    • Brady miaau

      Saddest comment of the week, my friend, saddest indeed.

      Sigh. I want a house and a car and stuff too, though.

      • PoisonedBelial

        Time to find a sugar mommy!

        • Brady miaau

          My wife might not appreciate that….

          also, it seems I am becoming the sugar daddy (what?????), slowly, but surely.
          (wife working less hours and all that I mean)

          • PoisonedBelial

            Ah, well… Yes πŸ™

        • Mossel

          My girlfriend has a better degree than me! Now I only need to help her make the right career choices so I can become a stay at home dad.

  • Brady miaau

    And the spouses? I cannot even dream, child or no child, of playing from 5pm to 11 pm during the week. That is spouse time, right? Or does your relationship work that into it? People are so different…….

    • PoisonedBelial

      My wife watches series, and she allows me to play games. Win-Win!

      • (Umar) Must be Cipher

        LOL Same here…when I see her favorite show is ending is when panic starts to set in…

  • Ir0nseraph

    9pm to 11pm Sunday to Thursday, weekend i might get an extra 4 hours if I am lucky.

    Thanks to the Raid I sacrifice an extra hour every night during the week.

  • (Umar) Must be Cipher

    Can we rename this article to how much does your wife allow you to play…haha, just kidding……yes.

    • PoisonedBelial

      ^THIS

    • BWAHAHAHAHAH!

    • Ir0nseraph

      XD

    • Guild

      XD spot on

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      Hey! I never prevent my husband from playing… unless I have a review game to play. okay, FINE! it’s all my fault, right @disqus_4TKM01pwwz:disqus

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Don’t answer Dean. Anything you say is wrong.

      • (Umar) Must be Cipher

        Blame the wife is a fun game us husbands like to do…majority of the time it’s mostly based on HARD, CONCRETE facts….hahaha….Just kidding…again…haha…

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • (Umar) Must be Cipher

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    • Hammersteyn

      Whats a wife? Oh you meant the pub?

      • (Umar) Must be Cipher

        A wife is a recurring debit order for shoes…hahaha…I’m really only playing, it’s someone you love, very much, like me, who loves my wife…very very much….

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          ….. i said… biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitch.

          • (Umar) Must be Cipher

            LOL

        • Rock789

          Nice save there. πŸ˜‰

      • WitWolfy

        If Dros was my wife she would’ve divorced me for going MIA..

        • Hammersteyn

          LOL

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    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      I think my wife rivals me on gaming time some weekdays.

      • Rock789

        And she’s better at it! **runs** πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          She’s definitely better looking with screen lighting on her face. I just look like the villain in a bad horror movie.

  • WitWolfy

    On week days about 1-3 hours… On Weekends 1-4 hours depending if we’re invited to a braai or a couple swapping party (the last one is a lie).

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    During the week about an hour a night generally, on weekends it varies between a couple of hours spread out over the weekend to whole days disappearing depending on what I’ve got to do and how much I’ve been drawn into what I’m playing.

    • I thought you were going to say drawn into shopping *RUNS

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        That’s one of the things I’ve got to do. sigh.

      • Commander JJ of the Normandy

        With you?
        I can believe that.

        • Rock789

          Rince does like a good shopping adventure… Wait, I mean… uh…

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            I knew it! πŸ˜€

  • Dean

    Game time depends on two things for me:

    1) What I feel like at that moment (sand box now with Mad Max. Yes, Mad Max)
    2) Completion of review games by a certain someone

    From these I get anywhere from 0 to 5 hours on a week day and 0 to 12 on a sat or sun.

    • Brady miaau

      Do you have two tvs, two consoles to play games or must you compromise if you both want to play a console game?

      Wondered about that sometimes.

      • Dean

        Compromise, unless I want to play something on the WiiU that I can screen share onto the controller. How I used to play monster hunter back in the day.

        • Brady miaau

          Yeah, I think that makes the most sense. I think both off playing games, in different areas of the house and stuff, not so cool. I think together, but doing different things, that is great.

          My wife used to sew and make clothes on a Saturday, in TV room, I would game. It would be super fun for both of us, still together, talk every now and then, both de-stressing. (I do not like loud noises, so TV volume not loud anyway)

          But a lot of changes coming for you too with the baby coming and all that.

          Compromise is a good word and good philosophy. Own space.

          AND ignore bastards like me with advice, do your own thing AND remember to have fun with the new baby.

  • And OvG is still the only person on the net able to play hours a day… WITH NO INTERNET! HAHAH! He should with a fucking prize for that.

  • Guild

    Usually random evenings when I can grab a chance and then for maybe 3-4 hours. Weekends hardly ever but if I do then sometimes I push it till 3 in the morning and accept the 4 hours sleep I might get.

  • Also I big problem, If I only slept for 8 hours a day and used all the remaining time on games, I would still not be able to clear the backlog in my Steam library alone.

    • Matthew Holliday

      i like your approach to life.
      “only 8 hours a day”

  • Hammersteyn

    All the time

    • Darren Peach

      LOL. If I could I would. But sometimes there just aint nothing to play.

  • Deceased

    Around 7 hours a day during the week and about 12 hours a day over weekends ( when I’m lucky enough to have no social obligations 😐 – that said, who’s going to Eluveitie tonight? *Cape Town* )

    • Brady miaau

      Student or working?

      • Deceased

        Working πŸ™‚

        Else I wouldn’t be able to fund my addiction :O
        It’s like:

        I work to be able to game – I game to be able to work πŸ˜€

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    I used to game all the time, util I took work to the knee

    • Deceased

      XD

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    I try to klap 1-2 hours at night, squeeze in an hour if I’m at work early, a nice lunchtime XCOM or something similar if the day is not too busy helps me quite a bit to cope

  • Bob of the Khundelar

    Looking at the other comments I pretty much fall into the same categories. 3-4 hours during the week and all day over the weekends provided I don’t have any social distractions. Damn social gatherings and obligatory Birthday bashes for getting in the way of game time. As for sleep, I run on an average of 6-7 hours each day.

    • Brady miaau

      yeah, sleep is highly over rated. Must be contiguous 4 to 5 hours, sometimes kid breaks that, but mostly ok.

      • Bob of the Khundelar

        It’s not that its over rated, I just don’t sleep that much. 6-7 hours works for me. I’m not tired and thankfully I’m not an insomniac. It might change when I hit my later years but for now I get more time to do the things I like.

    • Darren Peach

      The best thing my Dad did for my Sisters and I was to stop with gifts giving the day we turned 18. After 19 years of not bothering with this practice, I feel no shame for not attending these sort of events. More gaming time.

  • Darren Peach

    On a bad month 6 to 8 hours a day during the week and practically non stop over the weekend. On a good month, Depending on my work load ( If I have work, 2 hours a week and 4 to 6 hours a day over the weekend ). Also, The general release of games is a factor. If I go on a COD binge, 12 to 13 hours a day……..

  • Griffith

    Well I game about 55 hours a week we’re 40 or so is only dota 2 the the rest is indie games. Watching competitive games and stream is another 15 hours.

    I am a civil engineer, so I work shit hours as well but insomnia has it’s perks.

  • DragonSpirit009

    Only 2 hours a week including weekends T.T So sad!
    I’m always busy or catching up on some sleep

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      Damn woman how much sleep do you need?

      • DragonSpirit009

        In the week I sleep from 11pm – 6am. Except this week… damn flu.
        On weekends I get less sleep cause I go home and have to work around the house, help with the baking and other chores so that my mother doesn’t have any troubles during the week when I’m away.

  • I average about 4-5 hours a day, though weekends much less weirdly

    • Matthew Holliday

      4-5 sounds about accurate for me aswell, maybe a bit more.
      got the time, but sometimes i just dont have the patience for extended play times.
      also play less on weekends, but thats probably because i catch up on ALL the sleep.

  • oVg

    Single person here. 3hours, 8-11pm. About the same as normal people who watch TV.

  • Commander JJ of the Normandy

    2-3 hours a day in the week. Weekends it can be anything from 8 to 12 hrs.

    • Mossel

      Funny enough I rarely play on weekends. Unless it’s Sunday afternoon.

      • Commander JJ of the Normandy

        Oh wow. No, I spend quite a bit of time gaming through the weekends.

  • Milesh Bhana

    about 45 min – 1h30 a day. (so… just over 30 hours/month).
    I only play after the wife and kid are asleep.

  • Mossel

    While I was in a relationship…about 30min-60min every other day. While single, about 60min per day. While in a relationship with my awesome new girl, about 60-120min per day.

  • ZA Ludomusicologist

    Between 2-8 hours a day, none over weekends.

  • Generic ZA

    Day is split evenly, 8 hours working, 8 hours gaming, 8 hours sleeping*

    *please don’t ruin this with logic ;P

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