After Hours

Poll: How do you get your gaming fix midday?

Some techies can't seem to go more than a few hours without their games. If you play a game or two during the day -- maybe even at work -- how do you go about it?

If there's one thing I know, it's that an awful lot of techies love their games. And some folks can't seem to go more than a few hours without some sort of electronic diversion.

So, let's suppose you might be someone who may happen to play a game or two during the day, maybe even at work (of course, always on an authorized break period, right?). How do you go about it?

I know a lot of people who seem to be playing those Facebook (and other Web games) during "normal business hours." There is the old standby of just using the games that come with your PC. Still others play games on their phone.

If you happen to spend a few moments of personal time during the day playing a game, how do you go about it? Let us know by answering the poll question.

J.Ja

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

71 comments
idxman01
idxman01

That really hasn't been working lately, but sometimes a quick lunch has opened a window for some classic GTA3 action. Typically it works out better if I wake up early though. Also tried StarCraft, but it didn't really lend itself to the short timeframe very well. (at times the ambient games like Eufloria and Osmos do) Hm, vacation is coming up soon.... Used to have a daily addiction to Mario Kart Wii (work from home) as well.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

OK then where is the option of WTF is a Game? Col

mrbobyu
mrbobyu

Well I just got my beta key for Star craft 2 and now I'm a bit addicted to it. It is quite fun, it is one of its kind. Also Bnet 2.0 is pretty impressive on what blizzard did. You can chat/talk/party like no other RTS on the market. It has its own messenger, pretty interesting that way , you can keep you friends close in touch. Who else is going to play Star Craft 2?

Arcturus909
Arcturus909

I get mine by popping on to a site that talks about one of the games I am playing. Maybe get some play tips or gaze fondly at a map of one of the play areas within a game. My favorite to check out is the World of Warcraft site or wiki. I don't do it often, but every so often I get jonesin' for some play, and this usually takes care of it.

Zahra B.
Zahra B.

Right now, I can bring my laptop to work and use the wifi connection (why yes, there's no IT in this remote office and the router had no password... guess who unlocked the wifi capability?). Otherwise, I would scour the forums in search of news, especially now since Guild Wars is in the middle of deploying new content in prevision for my- uh... the game's birthday. There's new stuff every few days or so... can't be behind the news, can I?

aluffman
aluffman

I'm actually lucky in my "day job". My family owns a computer repair business, which is where I work. Since it is family owned, I have the advantage of being able to bring my gaming laptop to work with me. Whenever I'm not actively working with one of the computers, I can normally be found playing Borderlands, Dragon Age, Silent Hill or Quake.

aaron
aaron

For the last 2 years, I've run a Strat-O-Matic (cards & dics) Baseball league with 5 other developers here at work. We play during lunch, and usually run a 60-game season with playoffs.

dkidd23
dkidd23

I have about 5 Facebook games that I still play regularly and will occasionally pop into facebook at work to play for a minute or two. Since I also maintain our facebook group/page, there is nothing said about my time there. I work 9 - 6 so after everyone else leaves at 5, I will also check my favorite online comics and play a game or two.

sonotsky
sonotsky

Every now and again, I'll fire up something like Galactic Civilizations 2 or Sword of the Stars (single-player, non-network modes) during lunch or after close of business. Any games that I have, I have on SDHC cards that I insert as needed - that way, there is no non-business data installed on my company-provided computer. Our AV solution is set to scan removable drives on access, so if any of the cards happen to pick up something nasty, it'll get cleaned out (in theory, anyway).

carlos
carlos

there, I've said it. To de-stress I love to kick poor the asses of 12 year old geeks who are plugged into the Internet during school hols.

e_caroline
e_caroline

I have a freestanding handheld solitaire game. One of the "old fashioned", two AA battery using, toy department ones that cost $5-$10. It is stored in the magazine rack in the throne room. I play it while upon the throne.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

But back home to select from the Xbox, PS3, Wii and PC. BFBC2 is the game of the moment.

ccutayar
ccutayar

I'm lucky enough to have a broadband connection seperate from our network, so I sneak onto that, during my breaks, and grab some MPOG time... sweet :-)

wallen
wallen

I am addicted to EVE Online and can play a bit during lunch. Have played on weekends when in doing security and system updates to the network - when you have 40 minute plus wait times during downloads or install cycles it gets really boring otherwise.

dark_angel_6
dark_angel_6

I usually play either my PSP or DS on a lunch break but thats about it really. I get my pc gaming fix on the weekends though. :)

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

but at home I admit, I am an Evony addict, no I think there is no escape I am hooked.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I have Tetris on the cell phone, which is usually played during ... breaks. When I've got slack time waiting for a register PC to load (it can be a 10-minute process, depending on the network speed in the store), I'll sometimes fire up on of the card games that came with XP. That's about all I have time for.

sharrison
sharrison

If my life was always so busy that I couldn't goof off for a bit, then life would not be worth living.

bishop_5253
bishop_5253

Work from home, all kinds of options.

webadmin
webadmin

Myself and a friend at work both play the same online game, so to get my fix I'll email him about the game and what the plans are for the next time we play.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

I'm an Evercrack 2 player (Sony, Everquest II). Not exactly a game you can whip out and play for 5 minutes at a time. Although it was wonderful to be able to play it for the past 2 weeks during the day while recoving from surgery. It's mindnumbing and immersive enough to take your mind off moderate pain. Although I will recommend that you NOT try doing quests or actions on-line that require thought while on narcotics.

jfuller05
jfuller05

I'll play Breakout on my blackberry. It's a great game, and actually so simple. You have a paddle/dock and you bounce a ball from it to crack blocks. However,while that sounds simple, you do get power-ups such as: laser, bombs, life, etc.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

But that's only on those occasions when it's well after hours and I'm waiting on some sort of server maintenance - service pack or patch installation, imaging, tech support, etc. Maybe twice a year. I'm not a hardcore gamer, and I usually don't resort to it as a time killer until I've exhausted all other options (including this joint).

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

I use my personal laptop for a gaming fix over lunch - even now, my favourites are the same and depend on my mood. Doom, if angry, Starcraft - Broodwar if thoughtful, Diablo, Lord of Destruction in general. It's fun when you share a table at lunch time, and the person watching you giggle with glee as you blow away demons in Doom starts getting worried, as he knows he has to attend a troublesome meeting with you after lunch, and try to get your support for something. What was interesting, when I worked on a military base full-time, all those who saw me playing my special version of Doom, always gave me a lot more leeway afterwards. My special version had a number of altered sprites - my ex-spouse and others that give me troubles. It's a bit disturbing for most people, to watch someone laughing with glee as you watch them blow away a sprite that looks like you and is wearing your uniform and rank.

.Martin.
.Martin.

I play online games on the laptop, or solitaire occasionally play game on my phone (windows mobile, so there are no really good games) DSi thrown in there FPS or Flight sim when I'm at home Also got a Wii gathering dust.. :p

idxman01
idxman01

I'm jealous. Would love to get back into it, but I doubt I have the time. Some pretty fun memories of the original SC on some bnet melee over dialup though. :)

Ted Myhre
Ted Myhre

Ask my kids, in our household, neither books/magazines nor video games are allowed in the bathroom. It's not necessarily that we are "flagging" items that have been in the bathroom. With two bathrooms for six multi-platform gamers, the time each one of us would occupy the bathrooms would not be good for the health of the ones waiting outside the bathroom doors. Even a simple Bubble Breaker game on a Windows mobile OS increases my bathroom occupation time by at least 400%.

otaku_lord
otaku_lord

I could probably get a few levels of Brickbreaker done on my Blackberry if I did that... hmmmm.... Time to try for that record!!

Pauly454
Pauly454

A group of colleagues have started up a PS2 Pro Evolution (Winning Eleven for non UK readers) tournament. Every lunch time the language coming out of the break room is enough to turn the air blue!! Must admit I'm one of the main culprits as I get my a** handed to me again and again!

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

A broadband connection seperate from our network Sounds secure. Who monitors it?

GSG
GSG

heck, don't do any gaming on narcotics. With my recent surgery and subsequent narcotics, I was on Farmville almost constantly (see previous post about my laughable addiction to this game). I started dreaming about trees talking to me and telling me to pick them.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Breakout on the Blackberry. But when the device rejected the SIM, corporate determined I no longer needed the Blackberry and gave me a Moto VCast instead.

mamies
mamies

I play the pour thing to death. I have been playing monopoly lately. Its still the same as in real life the banker always wins (the computer in this case)

jfuller05
jfuller05

For PC there is a version of Breakout called DX Ball. If you like Breakout, then you would like DX Ball. I believe there is a DX Ball 2.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

am I allowed to make jokes about your fetish games? edit to change how to now, typo in the original.

Arcturus909
Arcturus909

Is that they have followed the newest internet game design philosophy of making the game easy enough that although it is pretty and fascinating, it is not very tough. DX Ball gets increasingly difficult and you eventually hit a point where you just can't get by until you improve your skill. Ricochet doesn't really have this (unless there is an option somewhere that I either don't remember or never found). That's a minor complaint - the overall gameplay is awesome for the 1 free hour you get. I didn't buy it, although I was sorely tempted. I managed to get another couple of hours of play by using different PCs. :)

jfuller05
jfuller05

Looks awesome! I'll try it out after work. :)

jfuller05
jfuller05

I love powerups in breakout. I'll check it out.

Arcturus909
Arcturus909

Ricochet is good too. The music is better in DX Ball, but Ricochet has the craziest blocks and powerups.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I wouldn't get much done, so I don't have it. The version of Tetris on my phone has a "40 Lines" variation: it's a timed game. If I didn't have that, I'd be there for a half-hour or more at a time. :0 Not a good thing when you've been sitting so long your ... falls asleep.

jfuller05
jfuller05

depending on the version of the game. I like the many power-ups hidden in the bricks in DX Ball. Of course, I don't kill hours in gaming anymore like I did five or so years ago.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Brick-breaking games are an ancient genre, with their roots in 'Pong' and other 'tennis' games of the late '70s.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

Having a real pisser of a tennis Wii time, Piss poor reaction times, sadly, the best ones won't get past the censor.

mamies
mamies

I think it sounds fun :D