Gone are the days of being able to sit down and game for hours at a time. Why is this? I have a 1 year old who takes up most of my time. As a stay at home mom, I find that I have multiple gaming sessions throughout the day; they range from 5 minutes to maybe even an hour if Lucas is napping. I don’t always game while Lucas naps though, since it can be difficult to get any housework done while he’s awake since he wants to “help”.
I have also learned which game to play and what to do in said game with the alotted time limit. For example, if Lucas is napping I will usually go for my latest Playstation 3 game: Final Fantasy X. For one, I don’t have to worry about Lucas turning the machine off, (which he has been proven to do) and I am also guaranteed to be able to reach the next save point and save when needed. However, if I want to play some World of Warcraft and Lucas is awake and happily playing by himself or watching Sprout, (Lucas’ favorite tv station made for toddlers) I’ll hop in game and work in my garrison, level a character, do some fishing for Nat Pagle, or even Archaeology. (Yes, I happen to enjoy both Fishing and Archaeology) These are all activities in which I can I can exit the game easily and not let any other people down, which is what would happen if I were in a dungeon or Looking for Raid.
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