|2020/11/20 19:35, Dearth: || |
|The concept of time being 'wasted' on games is interesting to think about.
I remember Breaux wrote on ER like 10 years ago that if he had spent thousands of hours learning stocks instead of MUME, he would be awesome at trading stocks instead of being awesome at MUME. That's too simplistic a way to think about it, I think. People who are great at trading stocks don't think of it as 'productive work', it is just as much fun for them as MUME is for Breaux. Because if they wouldn't find it fun, they would never become awesome at it because getting good like Warren Buffet requires tens of thousands of hours of reading boring statements and learning and failing. No-one ever became good at anything in life if they don't love doing it, because loving doing it helps push through the hard times where everyone else quits, because improvement in any skill eventually becomes very hard.
You can't choose some skill that you don't actually enjoy(but society finds 'productive') and force yourself to find it as much fun as you might find MUME. Doing this will make you mediocre at best at that skill, burnt out and depressed at worst.
If someone would physically stop you from playing a fun game would you automatically switch to some 'productive' thing? Or you watch youtube/netflix/pass time in some other equally 'unproductive' way? I know I would.
So if you don't have anything in life that you find as much fun as playing MUME, is it really better to force yourself into learning some shit you don't enjoy to try to seek validation from boring herd-minded people you don't care about- or play a game you really love?