Content of the article: "Seeing my roommate gaming 8 hours a day has made me realise I think gaming ‘looks lame’ from the outside perspective, even though I love it. Anyone else feel this way?"
I have always loved gaming, but just these past few days I've started to reconsider it. My roommate and I share a small flat. My PS4 Pro is in our small lounge / dining area. I told her she's able to play whenever she wants, we have a good relationship.
She is off work due to quarantine, she works in retail. She's spent the last week playing from at least 10AM to 5 or 6PM. It's not like she's 'dominating' the PS4, I gave her permission and if I wanted to play during the day she would happily jump off in a heartbeat.
I only play for a few hours in the evenings after I am done with my extra curricular projects. But I work from the same room she games in, and thus I see her all day while she completes her missions etc. It's like watching a hamster at a wheel. I'm almost embarrassed. It would be way different if she was reading or something, but there's just something lame about watching someone game.
I'm trying to understand my own emotional reaction. It feels weird. Like distaste mixed with jealousy. I know how great it is to game, maybe I just wish I could be gaming all day instead of working on these projects?? I dunno. Does anyone else feel something similar?
Edit2: And to clarify, I actually watch streamers, Let's Plays, and gaming content on YouTube so it's not that I can't watch any gaming content. My roommate isn't engaging with me, she's just happily playing her game. If she was happily painting or reading a book I don't think I'd feel so weird about it. I've lost respect for her and I don't know why!
Edit3: Thanks for the responses. I think I have some weird internalised anti-gaming bias, compounded by the strangeness of seeing someone 'binge' in an unhealthy way. I will talk to my therapist about it. Also, I want to reassure people that I don't hate my roommate, in fact we have been each other's support during COVID and have a great relationship. Maybe that's why I was so concerned at the negativity I was feeling towards her because of the gaming.
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