Sunday, December 13, 2015


Is it possible to maintain a video game hobby with an infant?


I've enjoyed video games as a primary hobby for most of my life, so I was very worried that I'd have to stop playing them after he was born. I didn't play them non-stop, so I've just done less of some other hobbies that I use to kill time (watching tv primarily, but also reddit, playing on hackerrank, etc.).

A sample list of games that I've found are very easy to play while also playing with him are:

- Europa Universalis IV
- Total War series (Rome 2, Medieval 2, and Empire)
- Cities: Skylines
- Fable Anniversary
- Magic the Gathering DOTP series
- Brutal Legend

A few games/genres that have been difficult:

- Assassin's Creed series
- racing games
- first person shooters

I often play them with him in my lap sleeping, feeding, or just hanging out, so I would have a lot of trouble playing any real-time online games (an example of one that I used to play that would be difficult is Payday 2).


Baby captivated by my EU IV game

I'm planning to pick up Fallout 4 in early 2016 so that one might be the first one that I really want to play that is difficult...I'll post another update on this in a few months. Strategy, particular turn based, is my favorite genre though, so he hasn't really affected my video game playing very much.

For reference, I have a gaming laptop, a Wii U, and an Xbox 360.

*Note that the main image for this post is an in-game screenshot of one of my Cities: Skylines cities*

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