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This can’t be good for productivity

July 27, 2010

For those in the nerd world (or anywhere in South Korea), you know that today is the release of StarCrack II.  Oops, I think I meant StarCraft II.  It is 25% loaded on my laptop already.  27%.    28…  For those that live under rocks (or in the real world, which is worse), StarCraft is an excellent real time strategy game; you know, the kind where you build troops and manage resources.  I am loading the sequel, one that is 12 years after the original and a reported $100 million in development.  Yes, this comes from Blizzard, the same people that put out World of Warcraft.  I expect this game to be equally addictive.  I know the original was.

So when will I write?  *whimper*  I don’t know.  I will be addicted to the computer for a while.  Bad writer, no video games!  Well, maybe I can set up a StarCraft reward system.  An hour of play for every 1000 words?  Should be steeper than that, but I’m weak.

Still only 30%.  I guess I can do some writing while it loads.

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  1. July 27, 2010 4:56 pm

    The key to managing addiction, I believe, is to sinfully indulge in moderation.

    For example, I used to be addicted to video games and caffeine.

    Now, I allow myself 1-2 hours of Xbox time a day, if I’m in the mood for some gaming. I used to play Halo 3, Call of Duty: World at War, Modern Warfare 2, et al, for hours at a time. Now, I hardly ever play my 360. When I do, I make it worthwhile — I buy the must-have games that suit my tastes: most recently Splinter Cell: Conviction (best game I’ve played in a long time), Red Dead Redemption, and Transformers: War for Cybertron. But I don’t spend any given day playing a single game for hours. It just doesn’t fit my goals any longer. I’d rather squeeze in time for reading, writing, research, working out, friends, girlfriend, et cetera — but that doesn’t mean I can’t indulge for 1-2 hours in the day, especially if it’s a day like today where I don’t have to work.

    As for caffeine, and the sugary sweetness that is Pepsi/Coke/frappuccinos/coffee/tea/you-name-it, that shit is damn good. But fattening. So, whereas I used to drink 4-6 sodas/teas/coffees a day, I now limit myself to a maximum of 2, and opt for water or Gatorade instead (or Lipton Citrus Diet Green Tea–yum!).

    It’s all about moderation, my friend.

    As delicious as StarCraft II — or Pepsi, damn you delicious Pepsi — is, you can still find time to squeeze in writing and other projects.

    All a matter of discipline and willpower.

    Well, I’m going to get back to Splinter Cell now. Lulz.

  2. July 30, 2010 6:21 am

    Hahaha… my husband told me that I could play for an hour per 1000 words. I turned to him and said “really? A 1 to 1 ratio is what we’re going for here?” His mouth hung open for a minute and then he was like, “oh right, um, 2000 words for each hour you want to play?”
    Heh. Yesterday I did 2300 words in an hour and a half. Then I got stuck trying to brush up on my html enough to get some stories up online. So alas, very little SC2 for me yet.

    So far it’s a lovely game though, what little I’ve played 🙂

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