Goldenstar and Merric of Casually Strolling Through MMO’s join me to talk about the need for intentional #balance, and life after CSTM. Thanks for listening to this unofficial “Casual Stroll to Mordor reunion”!
Intro Guests this episode: Goldenstar and Merric
Definitive Gaming History
CSTM Catch-up (Special Segment)
On June 14th of 2013, you posted CSTM To End with Episode 200, an announcement that garnered over 230 laments and well-wishes. Would you like to let the CSTM faithful know what you’ve been up to in the last eight months?
Main Topic – Gaming/Life Balance
Reason for Discussion:
“So this, is why I am unplugging for 2 weeks. No gmail, no twitter, no Steam, no podcasting, no Netflix, definitely no Minecraft, no music, no TV, and no iPad. …<snip>… I will spend my nights with the boys playing Legos, or getting out to visit! It is winter so going outside to play is rather comical, but perhaps we can go see some family. “
Questions for discussion:
Was there one final straw that caused you to decide that the gaming community involvement was taking up too much time, or was it just a culmination of a lot of little things?
Was it only the CSTM “stuff” that was getting in the way of living, or was it also gaming in general?
Why was it important to you to get the “balance” back?
(Merric, and GS if also applies) Talk about how living healthier factors into the lifestyle balance issues
Do you use any gaming or technology to help motivate you to keep focusing on health?
Has your gaming playstyle changed since you altered CSTM’s focus?
Are you able to incorporate gaming into your family time?
Do you think there is a relationship between “life stage” and gaming playstyle?
With the supposed “aging player base” in MMO’s, do you think the more casual playstyle demanded by busy gamers is influencing the games, themselves (ie, making them easier, more accessible, more gimmicky)?
- What do you miss about your involvement with CSTM?
I enjoyed the discussion this week as well. I tend to play male characters myself (somehow that just feels more comfortable to me), and I hope that I’ve conducted myself in such a way as to not fit into any of the negative stereotypes out there. – Randolph
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