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Hobbies for game developers

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Glass_Knife    8636

Greetings,

 

It occurred to me a few months ago that everything I do has something to do with the computer, or technology, or something connected to the internet.  I stare at a computer all day long, and then go home to work on my own code.  When not working, I'm reading on a kindle, watching movies on Netflix, streaming music, or playing games on my phone, iPad, PS3, PC, etc...  Oh yeah, and I like to play poker... online...

 

So I decided to find some kind of hobby that doesn't involve technology.  I have started brewing my own beer.  I am enjoying it, and it is nice to get away from the technology and do something in the real world.

 

So that got me thinking: what hobbies do you guys do that don't involve technology?

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minus4th    594

I attend a weekly Game night with some friends where we put away our devices and sit down to some classic board games or maybe a card game here and there. It's nice to enjoy a good game with someone face to face as opposed to staring at a computer screen. 

 

That and I make sure to take at least 5 hours a week disconnected and reading a good old book in a room with absolutely no computer, tv or phone near me.

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szecs    2990

I build LEgo stuff, but that's a bit technology related.

I played the drums for 5 years in a metal band.

Did paper modelling, but that's a bit technology related too.

I Finland, I used to take long (10-15 km) walks every 2 or 3 days, and swam in a nearby lake and lied on the shore for about 1-1.5 hours every day. I also cooked every day, and sometime I still prepare relatively complex meals (2-4 hours a time).

Now I'm reading Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Universe series.

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Glass_Knife    8636

I build LEgo stuff, but that's a bit technology related.

I played the drums for 5 years in a metal band.

Did paper modelling, but that's a bit technology related too.

I Finland, I used to take long (10-15 km) walks every 2 or 3 days, and swam in a nearby lake and lied on the shore for about 1-1.5 hours every day. I also cooked every day, and sometime I still prepare relatively complex meals (2-4 hours a time).

Now I'm reading Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Universe series.

 

I will take a guess as say you're not married...  My wife would never give me that much time.  

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szecs    2990

 

I build LEgo stuff, but that's a bit technology related.

I played the drums for 5 years in a metal band.

Did paper modelling, but that's a bit technology related too.

I Finland, I used to take long (10-15 km) walks every 2 or 3 days, and swam in a nearby lake and lied on the shore for about 1-1.5 hours every day. I also cooked every day, and sometime I still prepare relatively complex meals (2-4 hours a time).

Now I'm reading Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Universe series.

 

I will take a guess as say you're not married...  My wife would never give me that much time.  

 

I'm not, but I live with a girl with a romantic relationship. The first and the last point applies now. We don't have a kid though.

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Ravyne    14300

I have some programming-related hobbies -- software rasterizers, retro-assembly (Z80, 6502), and I'm starting to take a shine to cryptography. Also embedded systems, and I really want to start playing with FPGAs.

 

Art -- I used to draw a lot in high school but dropped it. I've made it a resolution this year to draw more, with character-a-week as my goal. The idea I have is to think about a character I've invented, and then from that do the character design -- really think about what that character would look like, and draw them into a scene that speaks to their personality.

 

Fitness -- I've been off the wagon for a couple weeks, but when I'm good I do 60-90 minutes of cardio nearly every day. On light cardio days I add in some light weightlifting. Luckily I save time travelling to the gym by having a small gym at home (in a way-to-small-to-hold-a-gym-apartment). Another resolution I've made this year is to turn in a decent time in a half-marathon by fall -- I'd like to aim for a time under 1:45, but I'd be pretty happy under even 2:00.

 

Music -- Unfortunately I don't play much aside from a bit of RockSmith, and its not really a 'hobby' but I go to a lot of shows here in Seattle. When I go out, I'd rather go see a concert than just about anything else, and luckily Seattle has one of the better music scenes in the country, and attracts a lot of touring bands.

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jHaskell    1856

I have quite a few hobbies that get me away from my computers.

 

Snowboarding

Hiking

Whitewater rafting and canoeing

IDPA and USPSA target shooting

bird hunting

SCCA autocross

 

I've also started dabbling in archery and sailing as well.

 

It may sound like a lot, but the reality is most of those things I only get out and do a few times a year each.

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Hodgman    51223

I recently got into radio-controlled internal combustion buggies (methanol/nitromethane glow engines).

If I was born a few decades earlier, then the hacker in me would've likely ended up as a mechanic or something rather than a programmer, so it's fun playing with 'real' machines instead of virtual ones.

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ferrous    6137

I used to do muay thai every day after work.  So it would be code for 8 hours, then go swing some punches and kicks at things or people for about 2 hours, then home to rest.

 

I miss it, but it's probably better for my brain to not get hit in the head anymore.

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FableFox    699

Watch movies / films / documentaries.

 

Listen to music. Seriously. I'm not saying listen to music while doing other stuff, but totally sit down / lie down and LISTEN to music. Really appreciates it.

 

I used to do jigsaw through. But I moved away from where I can buy it cheaply...

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I'm on the computer loads and loads - basically the entire day, though I do a mix of work on here (reading, programming, and tile-art) besides entertainment.

 

I like to do some limited baking of desserts. Mostly cookies. And mostly I eat them before I get to the actual 'baking' part.

 

Usually I just find a nice place to pace around in-doors (little foyer/hallway area), and pace for an hour or two (or sometimes alot more), letting my mind wander over a vast range of things - game mechanics, world design, fictional lore, past movies I've watched, my hopes for the future of the business I'm trying to start, and things like that. Sometimes I pace for just 5-10 minutes, a dozen times in the day, and sometimes I pace for hours-straight. It really confuses house-guests and visitors.

 

I sometimes go for more exercise-focused walks outdoors, mostly to counter-act all the raw cookie-dough eating, so this is more of an anti-hobby.

 

If you're going to choose a hobby for yourself, might I suggest choosing one that directly benefits (beyond the entertainment) you as a side-effect? smile.png

Whether it's your physical health, your continuing education through a subject of interest (history, physics, computer hardware, whatever), making something you sell (painting, for example), learning to make music (a skill you can later repurpose towards your game development, maybe), household maintenance, furniture-crafting, etc...

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Glass_Knife    8636


I plays me some angry mad piano.
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

 

and that's fantastic.  I used to be a professional musician, and I played piano.  I do love playing, but I'm more of a Jazz guy.

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Nypyren    12063
I ride a few laps around town on my bike. Then I collapse on my living room floor and get two box fans pointed at me to cool off.

(Note: Does not apply if it's colder than 55F that day)

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Tutorial Doctor    2573

So, programming is one of my newest hobbies, and I pretty much have done it all. I can give you part of the list:

 

Drawing/Painting

Origami and kirigami

random arts and crafts

Collecting coins

Reading a real book

Riding my bike

Fishing (haven't done it, but would like it)

Hiking (same as fishing)

Just plain observing the world

hanging with friends

bowling

All sorts of sports

cooking

etc. 

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jjd    2140

Yep, I code a lot too (I have too many irons in the fire). But I also play the drums, video games, and soccer. Since it is winter at the moment (and I loath winter), I tend to be indoors a lot. Otherwise, I also have fun taming my unruly back yard with a machete and throwing the kids in the pool.

 

-Josh

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