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Thoughts On Video Games from a Future Doctor ;)

June 4th, 2009 admin

As I was brainstorming post ideas for you guys the other night, my hubs started shooting ideas at me. One he felt particularly passionate about was sharing some of his own thoughts on video games and college.

Since he got into med school, and therefore I’d consider him pretty successful as far as college went, I figured you might like to hear what he had to say. After all, video games might actually be great prep for future surgeons. So you could even consider this med school prep. šŸ˜‰

Budget Your Money

Like most college students, the mister spent most of college being pretty broke. He footed his own bill with jobs, grants, and some student loans. And because of this limited income (which, with med school coming, we still have) he had to learn to budget, even with video games.

So his first bit of advice to you is this: Pick one game to splurge on, and make it a good one. Make it a game you can play a lot (he’s a fan of multi-player online games like Call of Duty because they offer a lot of social time along with the game play). Make it a relatively difficult game–something that will take you a while to beat. Talk to your friends and see what they’re into, and what is coming out soon (you don’t want to get COD 4 right now if you’d rather get the new Modern Warfare in a few months).

So basically, remember your budget, and make your game purchase a good one.

He also suggests you shop clearance for your easier-to-beat games. Best Buy usually has a big, eBay has Daily Deals that sometimes include games, and Target usually has a little stash at the end of a game row with good clearance items (he found Mirror’s Edge there for $10). I’m sure you guys have some other good spots to share.

And of course, you can swap video games at Cool. Or just swap with your friends.

Budget Your Time

Once upon a time, back in freshman year, my sweetie was very into a certain Nintendo game. He spent hours upon hours playing it, and as a reward for finishing up his midterms, he allowed himself another good several-hour marathon of game play.

A few hours into it, he looked at the clock. There was this nagging feeling hovering in the back of his mind. Was he supposed to be somewhere? Wasn’t there something he had to do?

Minutes later he was sprinting across campus to a classroom where his real last midterm–the one he had forgotten while playing that wonderful game–was already finished. Long story short: he had to drop the class and retake it the next term.

So, his second piece of advice: Set a maximum time allotment for video game playing (or whatever your other addiction is–TV watching, Facebooking, etc.) and stick to it. Then use the rest of your time to live your life: hang with friends, do some homework, and, uh, show up for your midterms.

Please Share…

I am not an expert. Though I am part owner of a 360 (a Christmas gift), I myself mostly play games like Viva Pinata and the old Gamecube Mario Kart–when I play at all. (Mostly our xBox is a DVD player to me…) So clearly, I can’t offer you more advice on my own. But, if you have tips to share, please feel free to do so in the comments! šŸ™‚

Happy gaming, my friends.

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  • 1. Paul  |  June 4th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I usually play video games at night when I’m done with everything to unwind. It’s a great stress relief and of course a lot of fun. I definitely agree with buying a game you can play a lot — I bought Left 4 Dead in November and that’s lasted me all through this year.

  • 2. VTAMethodman  |  June 15th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I dropped video games completely a year ago. I literally gave away my PS3 and I’ve never been happier. I socialize more, I exercise more and most importantly I get more work done! My suggestion to college students is to cut yourself off cold turkey!

  • 3. Nate @ Debt-free Scholar  |  June 16th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I have not played any video games for years. I found that playing them made me more self-centered and less “social”… besides the money waste.

    Just my opinion,

  • 4. Jamie  |  June 17th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I’m really impressed that you guys have cut video games out of your lives. I know mine would probably be more “lived” if I didn’t have the my laptop tempting me all the time.

    However, I don’t think there is anything wrong with playing a little to unwind (like Paul mentioned above) as long as you keep it limited and don’t ditch socializing for it.

  • 5. James  |  May 22nd, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Nate, what money waste?

    Let’s say I pick up one game a year, along with a year’s membership of live. That’s about ten dollars a month.

    In comparison, my friend and I got a case of Busch for Easter and had ourselves a fine holiday. It also cost me like seven bucks for about five hours worth of drinking. In comparison, I can rack up (literally) days worth of playing time on my 360 if I were to put my money on a live subscription instead.

    I could do clubs or whatnot, but let’s say I wan to join the outdoor-oriented group they have here. For a weekend backpacking trip, it’ll cost me about sixty bucks since I have to rent everything through them. So, instead, I got myself Battlefield Bad Company 2, and I recently completed 48 hours on it (and just got all the weapon and perk unlocks, so now I can actually work at honing my strategies). So, for the same amount of money, I intend to have many more hours of fun. (Not to mention that backpacking sucks unless it’s with friends, which is why I plan to play catch up this summer when I head back home).

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