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Just a Trim, Thanks

Just a Trim, Thanks

I have a lot of video games. My wife has a lot of video games. When we moved in together we had a LOT of video games. Before we had a kid and our money could be used for fun things we got MORE video games. The number of video games we have is very high!

Well, HAD is probably the better word at this point. We still have a lot, but noticeably less than we had before. I say noticeably, but it’s probably only noticeable to me and not to, say, my stepmom who looked at me and said “holy crap” when she walked into our living room and saw our shelves for the first time.

Anyway, I’ve been getting rid of a lot of games lately and I have to be honest, it feels great. Really, truly great. My anxiety and stress levels have been all over the place lately and games were making my problems worse, not better. I was starting to feel owned by my games rather than the other way around. I’d feel guilty playing a game when I knew I had others sitting there I hadn’t gotten to yet or stopped halfway through. Something had to give. So a couple of days ago I got a box and started pulling stuff off the shelf.

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Getting More Out of Fewer Games

Getting More Out of Fewer Games

My daughter is 15 months old now. Things like time and money are at an all-time premium in my life, which is not a situation that lends itself well to playing lots of video games, my pastime of choice before I fell in love with chasing a screaming gremlin around my house so she doesn’t slam her fingers in the kitchen drawer again.

It’s funny how quickly you can adapt to huge life changes like this. Sure, I’m exhausted all the time and broke most of the time but I’ve really come to love and appreciate My New Normal. I don’t really miss all the time I used to spend playing games, which probably sounds crazy, especially if my mom is reading this. What having so little free time and money to spend on games has done has actually gotten me back to a point that I’ve been wanting to get back to for years – really appreciating everything I’m playing.

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