Lockdown gaming: when a hobby stops being fun

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How many hours have you sunk into video games since the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed in the UK? With a lot of people finding themselves with more free time over the past few months, many have turned to hobbies such as gaming to fill those extra hours.

I was certainly one of them at the beginning of the isolation period. Working from home meant that instead of devoting four hours to a commute into London each day, I could instead use them for other things such as picking up a controller. I managed to complete 15 games during April and May with entries being knocked off my backlog a couple of times each week; and I tried a number of demos thanks to the increase in digital expos, which kept the number of items on my Steam wishlist topped up.

Video games gave me a sense of productivity…

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