When to Play Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!
We’ve done #GamingTogether for the past couple of months on our social media channels. Today’s question just reminded me of how my gaming habits have switched as I got older.
Do you typically play games when you wake up or before you go to bed?
As a kid, before school, you would find me in the basement with Super Mario RPG on the SNES and my cereal and cocoa right next to me. I used to get up early enough to play a good chunk of whatever game I was into at the time before school. The anticipation of advancing in my game before heading off to school woke me up better than any alarm clock.
Nowadays, sleep is more important to me in the morning and sometimes it takes me a few minutes longer than it should to drag myself out of bed and into the shower. If I get a chance to play video games, it’s usually in the afternoon after my day job and any other work I need to get done. Video games are a reward and a chance to relax (aside from the ones I can get away with calling “work” for this blog) sometime after dinner if my mind isn’t too tired after the day job.
Thinking on it, if I could, I would totally play video games in the morning. Waking up to explore a new world, fight some bad guys, or solve some puzzles would be fantastic in jogging my brain to get ready for the rest of the day. While playing games before bed is relaxing, I have found it a little difficult to turn my mind off when bedtime inevitably rolls around and I need to shut down the console for the night.
Granted, I’m not that picky about when I can reach for my video games. What I can’t stand is only being able to play my games for brief periods of time. I need the time to actually immerse myself in my game.

When do you prefer to play games? Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Readers Comments (9)

  1. I’m definitely a “play after work” person. I’d love to in the morning, but I’d have a hard time convincing myself to turn off my console after just a little bit 😛

    • That seems to be the general consensus, lol. It’s so difficult to turn off the video games… Although, I have that problem at night as well, sometimes.

  2. Honestly, it’s once the kids have gone to bed! I’m up very early for work most days so the morning is out. I manage to get an hour or two most nights.

    • Sounds as if you have a good schedule for work, family, and gaming! Any games that you play with your kids (or perhaps they’re not quite old enough yet)?

      • The youngest doesn’t know what his hands are for yet! The youngest likes to play Mario Odyssey though. We tend to play Rocket League, Mario Kart, or light fighting games together.

        • Great games to start with! Racing and fighting games were some of our first games. I remember our father trying to play Diddy Kong Racing with Rachel when she was younger — she kept going in circles rather than follow the track, and Dad couldn’t find her! She was great at Street Fighter, though!

  3. The idea of waking up earlier to get some gaming in before work is really tempting, and yet unrealistic for someone like me who hates waking up early haha. I use video games as a reward/escape from my current situation so at the end of the day I like to treat myself to some personal time and fun. Part of me wants to start my day off with gaming but I know I wouldn’t get off to get ready for work if I did!

    • You sound exactly like me, haha! Video games may be a tempting reason to wake up earlier, but I would never be able to get to work on time if I did that. 🙂 My only issue with playing at the end of the day is that sometimes time gets away from me then, as well. I’ll suddenly still find myself playing games near midnight when I have to get up for work the next day!

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